Experienced and Nationally Certified Teacher of Music

"I enjoy teaching and performing a variety of styles, and sharing my love of piano with everyone from toddlers to retired adults.  Some students take lessons from me for simple enjoyment, while others have more competitive ambitions. No matter what your goals are, I would love to be your teacher!" -Kozue

A native of Japan, Kozue is a versatile piano teacher, pianist and pedagogue who has experience performing and teaching various styles. She is an active soloist, accompanist, and chamber musician with years of experience teaching all ages and ability levels.  Kozue has performed as a soloist as well as a collaborative pianist at various concerts and lounges in Minneapolis, Las Vegas, Denver, Boston, Tokyo and Sapporo, Japan.


Before her relocation to Bloomington, Illinois in the Fall of 2015, Kozue spent six years teaching private lessons near Minneapolis.  She also was an active member of the Minnesota Music Teachers Association (MMTA), judging numerous piano competitions and serving as a committee member for the MMTA annual convention.

Prior to living in Minnesota, Kozue taught undergraduate piano courses at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, School of Music for three years.  During her time in Las Vegas, she also taught piano lessons at two private studios: Music & Arts of Las Vegas, and New York Music Academy.  

In addition to teaching piano lessons, Kozue has prepared over 90 students who successfully passed theory/performance examinations given by the Minnesota Music Teachers Association (MMTA) and the Nevada Music Teachers Association (NMTA).  

Kozue's students have won numerous awards in the Minnesota State and Neveda State Piano Contests, State Piano Exams, and the Upper Midwest Music Festival. She has helped students prepare for college entrance auditions, gaining acceptances into the University of Minnesota School of Music and Winona State University.


Since completing her Bachelors degree, Kozue has studied music at three universities, earning a piano pedagogy certificate and two masters degrees.  Her Piano Pedagogy Certificate was earned while studying various piano teaching methods at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.  Kozue then earned a Master of Arts in Music from Eastern Illinois University (EIU), where she was awarded a graduate assistantship in piano accompanying, and won first prize in piano, and second prize overall, in the 2006 Peck Music Competition.  While at EIU, she studied both classical piano with Dr. Susan Teicher and jazz piano with Prof. Paul Johnston.  After this initial Masters degree, Kozue received a Master of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she studied with internationally recognized concert pianists, Dr. Mykola Suk and Dr. Enrico Elisi


Having studied under pianists from Japan, Italy, Ukraine and the United States, Kozue has developed a diverse musical background and an appreciation for cultural and individual differences.  

She is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM), a member of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), the Illinois State Music Teachers Association (ISMTA) and the Peoria Area Music Teachers Association (PAMTA).  Kozue has also served as a judge for the National Federation of Music Clubs (NFMC) Festivals and PAMTA piano exam. 

Contact Kozue Pepper and take piano lessons from a teacher with years of experience, a broad education and a diverse background. 

Kozue Pepper

Kozue Pepper