The gratest change in all our lives forsed me to learn how to teach online, giving distance remote lessons to all my students. I started to use Zoom platform with Web Cam as a second device, which gives a good view on my hands on the piano and my students hands on their piano. Our new way of lessons now are a real fun. Since only 3 weeks of switching to a new way of teaching, all my students learned several new pieces by themselves. No one has dropped their lessons, even more, 12 of my students will take their Illinois state piano exam presenting 4 video recording on YouTube chanel.
The way I teach piano is based on traditional classical methods: first we need to develop and learn all the fundamentals, such as good hand position, strong independed fingers, reading skills, counting, technical and rhythmical development, music theory studies. I teach my students how to play expressively and musically, understanding and listening to their play.
I use all method books and like classical repertoire as well as pop and jazz.I have over 45 years of piano teaching experience. I've got my MD in piano, music theory and pedagogy in Russia (Moscow). 20 years I teach in Chicago. I am a member of MTNA ( 4 locations). I prepare my students for AIM state exam, competitions, festivals, recitals.
I teach students of all ages : from 4 y.o to seniors.
I like to comunicate with my students, to see the light and shine in their eyes, smile on their faces after they play or hear me playing the piece they like.
I help my students to achieve their goals by creating individual method of teaching each of them diferently.
Music makes the soules brigter, hearts softer, minds stronger!
Galina has become a musical inspiration for myself and my daughter, who has study with her 5 years already. Galina brings considerable experience in teaching music to children. Her musical background, ease with children, and intense love of her profession contribute to her unmistakable effectiveness as a music teacher. Galina's professionalism is apparent in the "holistic" approach to each child individually, with such depth and passion for the piano that her enthusiasm is infectious even to to the parents. I must marvel at Galina's patience, focus and dedication to my daughter. She goes above and beyond what is a standard approach for an average music lesson. She seems to invest her whole heart into each lesson, and is especially sensitive to the child's performance, his attention span, and his ability to grasp the material at a particular moment. Galina has superb skills as a child educator in her chosen field, and that makes her invaluable for me as my daughter's music teacher. Susan's mother.
If a new student is a beginer student, I offer the appropriate method book ( Lessons, Techniq, Theory, Performance), sutable for student's age. I introduce the piano keyboard: pattern of black keys, letters names for white keys. It is very important to focus on hand and fingers position: curved, pointed.
If I meet a transfered student with experience, I ask him/her to play something he likes to find out his level and then we decide what kind of books we need. I have a huge music library at my home ( all levels of books, all classical repertoire of music literature).
I have studied piano and all musical diciplines more than 20 years. I earn MD in music ( piano pedagogy, music theory, music literature). I teach piano all my life, more than 45 years and very passion about what I do. Here in US I became a member of MTNA (4 chapters).
Yes, I do. It is based on the lesson's duration.
It was long time ago in Moscow( Russia) yet, where I have been teaching for 25 years.
I worked with all types of students: all ages (4-65).
Honestly, I prefer young beginers with whom I can work my way ( gradually building their developement), rising them into fine musicians.
In late October I have had my studio Students Recital held at "Steinway Gallery" in Northbrook ( I do it there 3 times per year), then Sonata-Sonatina Festival at Harper College, there students earned 15 Gold Medals and 6 Silver Medals.
Now my students work on their preparation to AIM exam and several competitions.
Choosing a proper teacher is not an easy thing. It depends on what is the student's goal and expectations.
How serious is student's motivation? Music is a language: if student wants to learn it, he (she) has to be ready to practice hard every single day!
This is what I strongly believe.