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Carolyn Espina Stanton is Director and President of Manoa School of Art & Music. She has over 40 years' experience in teaching piano students of all ages. For the past 25 years she has run her own piano school, Manoa Piano School, and has also served as a faculty member of the Punahou Music School for the last 18 years. She has taught internationally in places as diverse as California, Indonesia, Texas, Boston and Honolulu. Her other teaching credentials include Yamaha Music School, the Ellen Masaki School of Music, Kapiolani Community College, the University of Texas at Austin, and the University of Hawaii at Manoa Outreach Program. Her students have won or placed in local competitions and the Morning Music Club scholarship competition.

Mrs. Stanton is recognized as a Founding Teacher of the Royal Conservatory of Music Development Program (formerly the National Music Certificate Program), an American-based assessment program which is based on the Royal Conservatory of Music model in England and Canada, and regularly encourages music students to submit to this annual rigorous series of examinations.

She received her Master's degree in Piano Pedagogy & Performance from the University of Texas at Austin, and studied there with the renowned Dr. Amanda Vick Lethco, co-author of the popular "Alfred" series of piano books. Her Bachelor's degree in Piano Performance is from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where she studied with former Juilliard professor Nicholas Zumbro.

Mrs. Stanton is the current co-President of the Honolulu Piano Teachers Association, a former board member of the Hawaii Music Teachers Association, an active member of the American College of Musicians, and the National Guild of Piano Teachers.

History: Manoa School of Art & Music LLC

The Manoa School of Art & Music evolved from “Manoa Piano School,” originally founded in 1988 by Carolyn Espina Stanton.

Nestled in the serene green valley of Manoa, the school’s principals – Carolyn and Tim Stanton -- moved the Conservatory into Manoa Marketplace in September 2012. The Conservatory is meant to be not only a school for the arts, but a gathering place for teachers, performers and students to practice the school’s philosophy of “educational creativity in music and the arts.”

The Conservatory was founded so that the premier Honolulu music and art teachers could have a school with elegant, fully functional and easily accessible studios with which to accommodate their students. Each music studio is also equipped with at least one grand piano. The classical décor of the school reflects the architecture of a northern Italian hill town, and is beautifully appointed with paintings by principal Tim Stanton.

Piano, voice, violin, cello, flute, clarinet, guitar, and ukulele are now offered. Group classes in guitar and ukulele are now available, and a children’s chorus is planned for the near future. Art classes (maximum groups of 10 students) begin with “introduction to the arts” and progress towards both oil and watercolor painting. A beautiful recital space is provided for all teachers for concerts or recitals. Weekly student recitals and workshops are also planned in the coming months. Regularly scheduled events here will include both a jazz/blues and a classical series with top local and visiting professional musicians.

The Conservatory features a 90-seat auditorium and stage where special events can be held. The Recital Hall – called Toby’s Hall -- features a beautiful Yamaha 7’8” Concert Grand Piano. Again it is decorated in a northern Italian style, and the windows feature etching of the outline of the Koolaus which surround Manoa Valley.

On the top floor of the Conservatory is a supper club, art gallery and atelier that is currently under construction. Master Classes in the visual arts are planned for this upstairs venue, as well as a premiere and top-quality recording studio. The supper club – to be named “Medici’s”– will feature a changing menu of Honolulu’s top artists in jazz, blues, pop, and Hawaiian music.

In addition to the School, Toby’s Hall and Medici’s provide an ideal setting for other events such as weddings, receptions, meetings, hula, ballroom dancing, and any other type of gathering or performance.

Parking in Manoa Marketplace is readily available and is free for all patrons of Manoa School of Art & Music.

Carolyn Stanton
Ph: 808-779-5363

Studio Location
Manoa Marketplace
2754 Woodlawn Drive,
Unit 7-103
Honolulu, HI 96822
(808) 779-5363