Major teachers include Dale Bechtel, William Starr, and Gerald Beal. Higa studied with Dr. Shinichi Suzuki at the Talent Education Institute in Matsumoto, Japan, and also mentored with Louise Behrend at the New York School for Strings. She is also a Certified Teacher of the Alexander Technique. President and co-founder of Suzuki Talent Education Hawaii, Higa is a frequent guest faculty at Suzuki Summer Institutes. She performs as a member of the Hawai‘i Symphony and is a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas and the American String Teachers Association.