Born in Okinawa, Japan, she started her piano lessons at age 4. She moved to the U.S. to study with Viennese legend Walter Hautzig at the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University. Then she went to France to continue her study with Edson Elias at the L’Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris.
She has been performing solo and ensemble recitals internationally since 1987 as well as presenting at lectures.
She has had private piano studios in San Francisco and Paris. In addition to her weekly teaching she worked as a consultant to a university music department and music schools for curriculum design in Japan.
She also conducted workshops and master classes for music educators. Her energetic and effective teaching style has been attracting educators internationally.
In 1998, she moved to the U.S. and operated her private studio in Beverly Hills, California. In 2014, she opened The Riko Method School of Piano. The school has certified over 30 instructors and continues to function as a research center, collecting and analyzing the data from lessons.
Riko Weimer has spent the last 30 years developing and testing The Riko Method through lessons and workshops.
The Riko Method uniquely offers easy to follow lesson plans for beginners of all ages and also introduces effective study habits to help students improve analytical and organizational skills to continue their musical journey.
The Riko Method Online Campus was designed to support piano teachers worldwide with lesson content and management. This innovative program helps navigate lessons and offer administrative solutions such as the ability to record lessons.
The Riko Method presents all the aspects of music making in a game-structured style.
The method has been presented to music educators in France, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Japan, and the U.S.
Sanford Weimer, MD
Sanford Weimer (MD-Stanford Medical School, MPH-Harvard University)
Our COO, Dr. Weimer, served as Clinical Director of Tuba City Indian Hospital, Clinical Manager of Psychiatric Services at San Francisco General Hospital, Public Health Executive in Orange County California, and consultant to major industry in mining and mental health insurance.
As a teacher himself at USC School of Medicine and Stanford Medical School, he is intimately familiar with the challenges of education.
Dr. Weimer brings skills and experience to support The Riko Method Los Angeles Campus operation and development.
On a day to day basis, his input is utilized in improving the communication between instructors, students, and parents.
His consultation is invaluable in helping design The Riko Method social and psychological foundation.
Kate started her piano study at age 7 and her teaching career at 17. After graduating with a BA in Social Work from Thammasat University, Bangkok, she moved to the U.S.
She serves as the director of The Riko Method School of Piano as well as an early childhood education specialist.
Her experience as a teacher with and without The Riko Method curriculum has contributed to our product development. She is passionate about seeing the eyes of children light up with excitement as she interacts with them in the lesson room. She understands the effect on students when the Method is delivered by fostering their mindfulness.
“I wish I was taught with The Riko Method as a child.” This drives her to excel in managing the thriving force of the school.
Her interests include food, fashion, travel and animal rights. She also loves going to international music festivals with her DJ husband.