Yana Sorokina Pianist, guitarist, educatorBorn in Gomel, Belarus, Yana's musical life began at birth as she was surrounded by music at family gatherings. She began formal studies on piano at age seven and began to play guitar at thirteen. A complete natural, she also joined a group playing blues and rock guitar while continuing her solfeggio studies and private classical piano at a traditional Russian music school. She later attended Minsk State Linguistic University. Yana immigrated to the USA in 1999 and continued her Boogie-Woogie and Blues study with David Maxwell and explored Jazz with Harvey Diamond. She has fifteen years expe
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Dr. Ronda Benson Ford is instructor of flute at UTC and instructor of flute and piano at Dalton State College. She is an active National Flute Association flutist, teacher, and pedagogy committee member. She previously performed with the Topeka Symphony, the Overland Park Orchestra, and with several orchestras in Missouri, Kansas, Illinois, Texas, and Arkansas. She has performed at four National Flute Association Conventions with both the Professional Flute Choir and The International Flute Orchestra. Dr. Ford has also served as a panel member for three presentations at the National Flute Association Conventions. She has been featu
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I am passionate about teaching piano, music appreciation, music theory and music history to students of all ages and backgrounds. Whether you're preparing for conservatory exams, university auditions or studying just for fun, I can create an instructional program suited to your unique needs. I have over 20 years of teaching experience and am a veteran conservatory examiner and festival adjudicator. Beginners of all ages welcome. Willing to travel.
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MusicTrebles.com stands out because we focus on bringing FUN back into music. How do I do this? I do this by making music easy and fun again. I pride myself on helping students really understand what they are doing. Not just showing them a few notes on the piano. Anyone can show you how to copy what someone else is playing at the piano. I make sure you understand music and learn how to create music at a deep level.
I have had some wonderful teachers. My middle school and high school band directors were both wonderful people and worked very hard at having a successful band program. I wanted to be an inspiration to my students as they were to me.
What do you love most about your job?
Growing up I saw my Father take jobs that he did not like in order to support my family, and so I knew at a young age that I wanted to get up every morning and do something that I love. I also love interacting with people.
What types of students have you worked with?
I have worked with students as young as 5 and some students well into their seventies. I have helped undergraduate students prepare for graduate school.
Tell us about your passion for teaching
I have always loved helping students achieve their goals. It is thrill when they end up being one of the top chairs in band and when they become a leader at their own school.
What advice would you give aspiring students?
I would especially encourage college students to become as versatile possible and become proficient in as many instruments as possible.