Ashley Keiko, founder and president of Keiko Studios, Music Academy, is an up and coming musician and entrepreneur who has studied classical piano for twenty years, the alto saxophone for sixteen years, and has been teaching piano for ten years. Ashley received her Master's in Music and Music Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. While at Columbia University, Ashley also studied abroad at The Arts College at Xiamen University, Fujian Province, China, where she practiced music and reflected on the ways in which culture, language, and the arts intersect in a trans-cultural world. Prior to this, she received her Bachelor’s degree in Jazz Performance at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music.
Ashley has performed at the Apollo Theater, at Wollongong University in Australia, and has performed for Steve Harvey on Family Feud. She has participated as a member of the York College Blue Notes, playing as the lead saxophonist for venues such as Minton’s Playhouse in Harlem and Live at the Gantries.
Ashley is a performer, a music educator, and advocate, and additionally expanded her music academy in January 2018 by opening a store front location that caters to adults and children who aim to explore the importance of music and music expression in a community where opportunities for music education are limited. Since opening, the academy has been featured on Now This News and recognized by both of Ashley’s alma maters. The academy features state of the art equipment and a plethora of classes in all instruments for music enthusiasts of all ages. The school has an extensive staff of skilled instructors proficient in a variety of genres.
Keiko Studios, located at 212-26 Jamaica Avenue, Queens Village, NY 11428, was inspired and created by Ashley Keiko in her pursuit to provide music education to her community and her exploration of the importance of music and how individuals can express themselves through it. The music academy formed when Ashley was just 14 years old and was operated out of her parents business, Zen Masters, Inc., in St. Albans, Queens, NY. Ashley's business, as well as her passion for music education, grew over the years and officially moved into its current location on January 2, 2018.
Keiko Studios is currently offering private lessons on piano, guitar, vocals, drums, strings, woodwinds, and brass instruments. These lessons include music theory, sight reading, creative composing, weekly assignments, recitals and other performance opportunities. The music academy also provides group lessons on select instruments, ensembles, preschool music, music theory workshops, and more!
Aside from musical activities, Keiko Studios also has two event venues in the facility's elegant, spacious performance halls. The venue is available for rent to those interested in having events such as birthday parties, bridal showers, concerts, art exhibitions and more. The facility also provides office space and rehearsal studios for rent, and is in the process of remodeling one of those rooms to be a recording studio.