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Dr. Belinda Takahashi is an award-winning composer whose life has been one completely immersed in the arts.

Raised in Manhattan, Belinda found early inspiration for the arts from her mother, a dancer, and her father, a painter. Determined from early on to pursue a career in music, she was concertizing on the piano by age eight and at ten was engaged in formal composition study with renowned professors from the Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute of Music. As a teenager her excitement turned to voice and she began rigorous training with soloists from the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. Although accepted to one of the most prestigious opera programs in the country, her passion for composition prevailed and she attended Oberlin Conservatory as a composition major where she received her Bachelor's degree.

Awarded the sole spot for a full graduate fellowship, Belinda attended the top ranked music school in the country, the Eastman School of Music, where she received her M.M. and Ph.D. degrees. She has studied with many distinguished artists including several Pulitzer Prize winners. Her compositions have won many prizes including numerous ASCAP awards and have been performed from coast to coast with performances at Carnegie Recital Hall. She has been commissioned by many artists and organizations including the Institute for American Music, Meet the Composer, and the New Jersey Music Teachers National Association when she was chosen as the 2002 MTNA Composer of the Year for the state of New Jersey. Her film scoring commission "Seaside Trilogy" has been shown in film festivals across the United States and abroad.

She has taught Music Composition and Theory at the Eastman School of Music, the University of Rochester, Drake University, Montclair State University, and was Artist-in-Residence at the Ballard Community School District in Iowa. Her success has fueled various teaching distinctions including Sigma Alpha Iota's "Friend of the Arts" Award.

In 2003, with the birth of her daughter, Belinda was inspired to create a children's media company devoted to fostering an early appreciation of music in the very young. Since its inception, Juno Baby has received tremendous critical acclaim and has won countless awards. For Belinda, Juno Baby is the culmination of a life devoted to music and her love for children.

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Music Composition Parenting Writing Teaching