Pasadena City College, Home of the PCC Lancers

Betty Oka

Personal Info


Music 41AB - First Year Piano Music 42AB - Second Year Piano

Educational Background

B.A. - Graduated summa cum laude from John Brown University; Siloam Springs, Arkansas M.M. - University of Arkansas; Fayetteville, Arkansas


Developed the PCC keyboard program for both the music major and the leisure student. Presently chairperson of Keyboard Studies Published two articles on adult piano study in a national keyboard magazine, Keyboard Companion, Winter 1999 and Spring 2000. Contact person at PCC for others doing research on adult piano study.

Philosophy on Music and Music Education

I love helping students learn; it keeps me forever young. I try to teach students the way I would like to be taught; I feel I learn almost as much as my students learn. Music brings me such joy; it is my privilege to share this beautiful gift with others.

Other Teaching Experiences

Taught music classes for seven years at John Brown University, Siloam Springs, Arkansas


Involved in Music Teachers Association of California, Certificate of Merit program, National Piano Guild, Suzuki Music Association.