Tomoko Galeano is originally from Osaka, Japan. She started taking piano lessons at the age of four. She holds a Master of Music in Piano Performance from East Carolina University, where she was awarded full assistantship, and a Bachelor in Science and Practice Arts (Music) from Osaka Kyoiku University. She studied under Dr. Henry Doskey, Dr. Keiko Sekino, and Professor Mitsuo Shiga. She also worked as a freelance piano accompanist at East Carolina University.