MEET MASAKO HOCKEY
Born in Saitama, Japan, Masako Hockey has been passionate about percussion for all her life and is thrilled to be part of Scrap Arts Music.
She received her Master’s Degree in Music Performance (Percussion) from the renowned Tokyo University of the Arts (“Tokyo Geidai”) and her undergraduate degree from The Musashino Academia Musicae (Japan). A member of the Tokyo Pipe Band, Masako has competed in the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow (Scotland) and was Japan’s first Scottish rudimental pipe band snare drummer to win a major scholarship award in drumming abroad.
Masako has performed as a marimba soloist with major symphony orchestras around the world, and as a percussionist in theatre groups and several dedicated percussion ensembles, including the Victoria Symphony, The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, The Vancouver Island Symphony, The Victoria Operatic Society, Ballet Victoria, and The Victoria Gilbert and Sullivan Society. An avid contemporary auxiliary Latin percussionist, Masako also plays with The Chris Millington Band.
Masako is a founding member of Canada’s premier children’s musical storytelling quartet, Music Corner, and is featured on their debut album, “Aesop’s Animals”. Teaching is, likewise, a big part of her musical outlook: she’s taught extensively throughout her life, as an active music educator in Victoria; tutoring percussion students at the St. Michaels University School; and providing coaching in musicality and advanced technical studies from her private percussion studio.
Staying fit has been equally instrumental to Masako’s impressive career: starting with ballet lessons at three years old (!), she now does dance and yoga classes on a regular basis and teaches dance classes for little children. It’s no wonder she has the energy to keep up with Scrap Arts Music!