I'm a loving-music, passionate, and creative teacher, who enjoys to nurture the same in my students, help them to evolve and develop the musical taste for more fulfilled life. In 1993, I graduated from South-Ukrainian National Pedagogical University with Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Pedagogy. I worked as an accompanist, producer and piano/vocal teacher in schools, Children Creative centers, Musical Theater.
While learning piano at University, I began to teach students in my home studio. Working in Musical theater, I've gained experience teaching piano and voice, accompanying to ballet classes and theatrical plays.
Currently, I'm a member of Minneapolis Music Teacher Forum. My students participate in award and honor recital through the year. I have taught piano and voice lessons for over 30 years.
I choose the books according to my assessment of the student during the first lesson. The Faber Method is one of the more popular ones. I also use the Alfred All-in-book series. As a supplemental material, I use Keynote Speller by Shaum, Line a Day sight reading by Bastien, and etudes by Keith Snell. For solo repertoire, I select methods based on the skills and favorite pieces of each student. Lately, I've started to use with students iPad applications for sight reading.
I encourage my students to include the music in their everyday schedule. They also receive assignments to compose musical questions and answers, transpose melodies, as well as listen to recordings. I use duets and play by myself to inspire their imagination. I also recommend attending local music performances to help develop student's ears and form their music tastes.
Irene has a broad appreciation of music and the piano as an instrument and was able to help me focus on the fundamentals of playing, including relaxation, hand position, timing and analyzing the music, amongst several skills she has taught me. She has a very patient teaching style and adjusted to my needs as a mature student. Additionally she provided encouragement and helpful advice on my compositions and introduced me to the basics of playing jazz. I highly recommend Irene as a teacher for any age group whether starting out to play the piano or those looking to advance their skills.
Irene loves and understands music on a deep level, this is why she is so dedicated piano teacher. I enjoyed studying with her very much.