I have been playing piano and accompanying students and choirs since the age of 5, and was lucky to receive a very substantial, classically based training as a child, for ten years, after which I entered Conservatory in Belgrade, Serbia, to study piano performance with Arbo Waldman.I was a Teaching Assistant during that time as well as when I arrived in Indiana University to study with Alexander Toradze.After completing M.M., I was teaching in Chicago, at Columbia College, Sherwood Music School, where I was Head of Piano Department for ten years, involved in all stages of student development.I always loved performing and discovered a true passion for teaching.I have the desire to help each student find joy in music making in the way that fits their lives and abilities and feel that teaching is responsibility and privilege.In Chicago, I have studied with CSO principal pianist, Mary Sauer.Currently, I am a Full-time Faculty member at UIC, and maintain a piano studio at Fine Arts building. Some of my students take Music Development Program Exams, participate in CAMTA's festivals and competitions, others play for enrichment, or work toward specific performances goals, or take lessons in piano and theory to compliment singing or string lessons.Most of my students think that I am easy to talk to and a nurturing and supportive teacher.
Ivana is an outstanding teacher who not only teaches piano performance but .gets to know her student as a whole and nurtures in a wholesome manner.
I have studied with Ivana Bukvich for well over a decade and couldn't be more pleased. She provides a well-rounded music education as well as frequent performance and collaborative opportunities. Her knowledge of repertoire, theory, history, and pedagogy is vast and she does an excellent job sharing her expertise in a clear and efficient manner. Her love for music and teaching shines in her lessons.
Tenacious explorer of music, piano and playing techniques. Great pedagogue with infinite patience and warmth, and keen sensitivity for pupil's way of learning and thinking.
Inspiring, talented, kind...two earlier "reviews" pretty much cover the basics...I've been an adult student of Ivana's for nearly a decade, and cannot speak highly enough of the difference she's made both in playing and in mental approach (same things, of course, in the end...) She's got the rare ability to start with you where you are, and make it possible to go much further. Lovely personality, beautifully educated, and a superb teacher.