Marina's Piano Studio
Special programs catered to all skill levels, designed to make your learning process fun. Located in Midtown Manhattan, the studio is only a few blocks from Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. It is an independent, private studio. Marina's Piano Studio has been recognized by New York City Award Program as one of the best private small businesses for three consecutive years.
My goal is to teach music, not simply the instrument, but to awake passion, and open new horizons in one's imagination - all without the pressure of competitive anxiety. I share the goal of bringing joy into each and every lesson. I believe that music education is a noble subject that develops both skill and character through self-discipline and working artistically with others. Children enjoy studying piano for the pleasure it provides, while adults who work under stress seek music study as a way to find repose and artistic satisfaction. Music education should be for everyone, not only for those who excel. Many students truly enjoy music,and show progress at individual rates.
Marina's methodology depends on your individuality. The approach to each student is unique, as student's interests are always taken into consideration. I combine solid academic basics with exciting games, improvisations, and compositions. The lessons are held in a quiet, professionally soundproofed, perfectly accommodated studio, which helps students to concentrate and focus on the lessons and assignments.
Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
I am trying to understand the personality of my student , and then very patiently to get him/her involved in music-making. More info : my website: http://www.marinaspianostudio.com
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I studied at Petrozavodsk Branch of Leningrad State Conservatory, now known as Sanct-Petersburg, Russia, where i majored in Piano Performance and Pedagogy, in addition to studying privately with world-famous piano teachers and concert pianists Nathan Perelman and Oleg Malov in Leningrad. Together, with my husband, composer and pianist Vladimir Shinov , we play as Piano Duo team since 1981. Our website: http://vladimarina.com We have played recitals all over the world, including 5- full evenings at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall . Also our Piano Duo has recorded 7 CD's of classical and contemporary music, that include our own original compositions written for this media. You may go to YOUTUBE and listen to our performances/DVD's and CD's.
How did you get started teaching?
I started teaching piano after graduation from the conservatory,and combine teaching with performing and composing careers.
What types of students have you worked with?
Among my students, I have children who are very special students here, pianists, from different
music schools and colleges, who are studying here to refine their skills and find out something
new, violinists, singers, dancers, adults-amateurs. Kaye Takahashi/student,11 years old : "Marina has inspired me to become really creative,not only when i am playing piano ,but in other subjects too. That's why whenever i play the piano or improvise a tune,Marina makes the lesson really fun by getting me to think of dancing squirells or dolphins, etc.I learned,that you could play the piano well by enjoying it"!
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
Try to find a real musician, with the highest level of expertise! The teacher who is not only piano teacher, but the teacher of music. It's really a must: to inspire students!