Yumiko Oshima-Ryan


Associate Professor in Music and Keyboard Area Coordinator in 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 compact disk, “From Afar -- Japanese Contemporary Music,” highlights music by Toru Takemitsu, Michio Mamiya, Akira Miyoshi, and Masao Homma.  Dr. Oshima-Ryan’s live performances of these works have been broadcast on the National Public Radio affiliate in Pittsburgh (WQED).

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).   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.


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

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
MUS-103Aural and Keyboard Skills I282013/FA, 2012/FA, 2011/FA, 2010/FA, 2009/FA, 2008/FA, and 2007/FA
MUS-246Piano222013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, 2011/FA, 2011/SP, 2010/FA, 2010/SP, 2009/FA, 2009/SP, and 2008/FA
MUS-346Piano222013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, 2011/FA, 2011/SP, 2010/FA, 2010/SP, 2009/FA, 2009/SP, and 2008/FA
MUS-222Piano162008/SP, 2007/FA, 2007/SP, 2006/FA, 2006/SP, 2005/FA, 2005/SP, and 2004/FA
MUS-212Music Theory IV152013/SP, 2012/SP, 2011/SP, 2010/SP, 2009/SP, 2008/SP, 2007/SP, and 2006/SP
MUS-211Music Theory III142013/FA, 2012/FA, 2011/FA, 2010/FA, 2009/FA, 2008/FA, 2007/FA, and 2006/FA
MUS-104Aural and Keyboard Skills II122013/SP, 2012/SP, 2011/SP, 2010/SP, 2009/SP, and 2008/SP
MUS-111Music Theory I62006/FA, 2005/FA, and 2004/FA
MUS-142Piano Pedagogy42012/SP, 2010/SP, 2008/SP, and 2007/SP
MUS-112Music Theory II42007/SP and 2006/SP
MUS-145Performance Anxiety22013/SP and 2011/SP
MUS-121A Beginners Piano12010/JN
MUS-143Piano Literature12009/SP
MUS-208Piano Pedagogy12006/JN