Simona Donova Piano, Flute And Music Theory Lessons
My name is Simona and I am a dedicated music instructor in New York City. After graduating with Master Degree in Music in 2016, I have devoted my life to inspire and enrich peoples' lives through music. I have had the opportunity to travel throughout United States and Europe studying under some of the most destinguished artists in the world and teaching gives me the chance to give back to my students what I have learned. I have over five years of experience teaching students of all ages and levels and everyone who has passion for music and desire to learn is welcomed in my studio. Currently, I am leading an extensive private music studio in Manhattan and Queens and I am a faculty of Rthythm School of Music located in Queens, NY. Please, feel free to visit my website at http://iwanttoplayflute.jimdo.com for further information as well as contact me with any questions you may have related to my teaching/performing experience.
Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
I would like to know their musical background, if any and clarify their goals and expectations from our lessons. Based on that information, we will both choose a repertoire that will be challenging enough for them to learn the techniques of the instrument but enjoyable to practice at the same time.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have obtained a Bachelor Degree in Music, as well, as concluding a Master Degree in Music in December 2016. I have worked with many children throughout the years of my education and I have exhibited the skills that are necessary to bring a child's attention to the lesson and teach them to enjoy and love playing the piano.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
I usually recommend an hour lesson due to the structure of the lessons; however, if there is need for less, we can also make a progress with 45 minute lesson. The fee for an hour piano lesson is 50$ and for 45 minutes is 45$; the difference in prices is small but the amount of work between an hour and 45 minute lesson makes tremendous difference in the process.
How did you get started teaching?
In my Undergraduate degree, I was asked to teach a group of young students in preparation for their yearly exam; I realized that I have something to give to the young generation plus i enjoyed teaching very much. After that experience I continued my teaching career including more students of different ages and backgrounds in groups or in private lesson settings.
What types of students have you worked with?
I have worked with students of different ages including grown ups interested in learning to play an instrument; I have also worked with variety of cultures from american students to european, Indian and asian.
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
It is very important that the student connect well with their teacher; I would recommend that the family meet with the teacher prior to their first lesson for a short conversation or a trial lesson. They also have to be looking for a teacher who is enthusiastic to teach their child and will challenge them constantly, this is to me the only way we learn and it is important to incorporate it into the process.
What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?
It is crucial that the student have an idea of what they would like to achieve in their journey with the piano. The availability and locations of the lessons are also very important and before scheduling anything with the teacher, both sides have to make sure they have clear understanding of each other's schedule and convenience.