Yumiko Oshima-Ryan


Professor, Piano and Chair in Music and Music - Keyboard

Dr. Oshima-Ryan is an active performer of both solo and collaborative works. Her awards include first place in the Wurlitzer Collegiate Artist Competition and second place in the International Beethoven Piano Sonata Competition.

Since 1995 she has been incorporating contemporary Japanese piano works into her repertoire.  She has performed these works nationally and internationally (Tokyo, Toronto, and San Juan) including world premieres of new works by Japanese composers.  

Her recording “From Afar” Japanese Contemporary piano works are available at iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/from-afar-contemporary-japanese/id830579451, Amazon http://www.amazon.com/From-Afar-Contemporary-Japanese-Piano/dp/B00IRL49MO, and  Naxos Music Library, http://www.naxosmusiclibrary.com.

She remains in demand as an adjudicator of piano competitions and as a workshop clinician.  She has presented lecture-recitals and workshops throughout the US, including College Music Society national conventions (Quebec City, Canada, San Francisco, Miami Florida, Santa Fe, New Mexico).   Her article “Role of Memorization in Piano Education” was published in Clavier, one of leading keyboard pedagogy magazines (2006).

A native of Japan, Dr. Oshima-Ryan graduated from Toho Music Academy in Tokyo and earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati.  Her piano teachers include Eunice Norton (a pupil of Arthur Schnabel), Menahem Pressler, Eugene Pridonoff, Richard Syracuse, Jerome Rose, and Satoko Tokumaru.

Here is Yumiko's personal story in community magazine in a small town Mankato, MN, where she lives:

Go to "Archives" to click on December 2015 edition.


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B.A. Toho Music Academy in Tokyo, M.A. Ohio University School of Music, D.M.A. The College Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati

Areas of Expertise

Piano Performance


Cooking and Reading

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Courses Taught


MUS-246 (Piano), MUS-346 (Piano), MUS-390 (Senior Music Major Capstone Experience), and MUS-395 (Honors in Performance)

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
MUS-103Aural and Keyboard Skills I342015/FA, 2014/FA, 2013/FA, 2012/FA, 2011/FA, 2010/FA, 2009/FA, 2008/FA, and 2007/FA
MUS-246Piano302016/SP, 2015/FA, 2015/SP, 2014/FA, 2013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, 2011/FA, 2011/SP, 2010/FA, 2010/SP, 2009/FA, 2009/SP, and 2008/FA
MUS-346Piano302016/SP, 2015/FA, 2015/SP, 2014/FA, 2013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, 2011/FA, 2011/SP, 2010/FA, 2010/SP, 2009/FA, 2009/SP, and 2008/FA
MUS-212Music Theory IV192016/SP, 2015/SP, 2013/SP, 2012/SP, 2011/SP, 2010/SP, 2009/SP, 2008/SP, 2007/SP, and 2006/SP
MUS-211Music Theory III182015/FA, 2014/FA, 2013/FA, 2012/FA, 2011/FA, 2010/FA, 2009/FA, 2008/FA, 2007/FA, and 2006/FA
MUS-104Aural and Keyboard Skills II162016/SP, 2015/SP, 2013/SP, 2012/SP, 2011/SP, 2010/SP, 2009/SP, and 2008/SP
MUS-222Piano162008/SP, 2007/FA, 2007/SP, 2006/FA, 2006/SP, 2005/FA, 2005/SP, and 2004/FA
MUS-111Music Theory I62006/FA, 2005/FA, and 2004/FA
MUS-142Piano Pedagogy52015/SP, 2012/SP, 2010/SP, 2008/SP, and 2007/SP
MUS-112Music Theory II42007/SP and 2006/SP
MUS-145Quiet Mind for Perform32016/SP, 2013/SP, and 2011/SP
MUS-121A Beginners Piano12010/JN
MUS-143Piano Literature12009/SP
MUS-208Piano Pedagogy12006/JN