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Online Private Koto Lessons by Linda Kakō Caplan

Even as many activities around us are starting to resume, there is still a lot of anxiety about resuming social interactions. With so much to be concerned about, there’s no better time to pick up a new skill from the comforts of your home. Renowned Koto performer and instructor Linda Kakō Caplan is partnering with the JCCC, and kindly offering JCCC members the opportunity to take one-on-one koto lessons at a special discounted rate. Don’t miss your chance to learn from the grandmaster. Students of all levels are welcome, from beginner to advanced.

NOTE: Students must arrange their own access to a koto and must also have their own set of tsume (picks).




Private one-hour lessons will be conducted by Skype. Once the JCCC confirms a student’s registration to the teacher, a mutually-workable day and time for lessons will be arranged between the student and the teacher. Course level and content will be determined by each student’s level of proficiency. Curriculum may include contemporary, folk, and classical repertoire.

There is no dress code. However, for those who enjoy wearing kimono, feel free to put on your favourite kimono, yukata, or haori for your lessons.

Private lessons are $50* each and must be purchased in 4-lesson blocks ($200). The teacher is offering this special lesson fee through to the end of 2020, available only to those who register directly through the JCCC.

*Regular price is $90/lesson. 




Koto lessons are open to JCCC members. If you don’t yet have a membership, please contact us at and we can assist you.


  • Fees are non-refundable.
  • Each 4-lesson block must be booked and used within 6 weeks from date of first lesson in each block.
  • Lessons may be rescheduled with at least two days prior notice, but missed or cancelled lessons by students will be forfeited. Lessons cancelled by teacher will be re-booked.






Linda Kakō Caplan holds the rank of Tobiume Tsukasa Daishihan (Grandmaster) from the Ikuta-ryū Chikushikai koto and shamisen school headquartered in Fukuoka, Japan. She has performed in Canada, Japan, and the US for decades. Caplan directed the York University Japanese Music Ensemble from its inception in 2004 until 2014, and also taught the World Music koto and shamisen courses at York from 2006 to 2016. She has been teaching students of all levels across North America in person since 1987 and online since 2000.