The Bellissima Music Academy curriculum is designed for most optimal advancement of each student. We create an atmosphere for musical growth and technical mastery where students can reach their fullest potential. Regular recitals and other performance opportunities are an important part of the program.
We have a simple teaching philosophy: one of our best strength as music teachers is motivating and inspiring students to become the best musicians they can be. As a result, many of our beginner students continue their studies and have become advanced players performing with in their youth and/or school orchestras as leaders and on occasion as soloists. Our approach to every student is individual, designed to bring out expressive musicality through mastering instrumental technique.
Previous students of Dr. Popov and Ms. Eriko have won numerous contests and have played in leadership positions in their youth orchestras and schools. Former students have been accepted to leading music conservatories/universities and have been successful as professional musicians in the United States and abroad.
I am 25 years old. When my husband surprised me with a violin I was overwhelmed with excitement (I've always wanted to play) I felt a little discouraged because I've never played an instrument before, which would make this journey hard enough, in addition to starting a particularly difficult instrument at 25 years old! Hristo truly is an amazing teacher. Any doubt I had in myself is gone. Within 3 lessons I was already able to read sheet music and play basic songs. Hristo has established a very solid foundation for me that I will be able to build on for years to come! I definitely recommend the Bellissima Music Academy for anyone who wants to either continue their violin journey or start a brand new one at any age!
My 5 year old is interested in learning the violin. I loved music growing up so wanted someone who would encourage her but be patient and start slowly. He is calm, clearly adores music and is slowly having my daughter embrace the instrument and all thay studying music encompasses. We have had 3 lessons so far but she is very keen, already progressing bit by bit, and is receiving the encouragement she needs. A wonderful calm and gentle mentor. I hope he persists and she remains so enthusiastic.
My son Jake started piano lessons with Eriko when she was teaching at Baldwin Wallace college. He was 11 years old at that time and the experience was exceptional. We continued lessons until he started college with his major in piano performance. In addition to the piano lessons, jake attended summer music camps every year and the experience was wonderful. He met many new friends who had the same love of music that he did and they have remained in contact. If not for Eriko, I do not believe Jake would be where he is today. She was a wonderful and gifted teacher and I am so grateful for all that she did with Jake. He will be graduating in December from college with his major in piano performance. He has worked in several music theatre performances and most recently played piano and conducted in the BW musical "Dogfight". In addition, he accompanies other instrumentalists which is a skill he learned from Eriko. Eriko has truly shaped him into what he is today and has given him a great career track!