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Biana holds MS in Educational Psychology and Methodology from University at Albany, SUNY
BA in Music - Cello Perfromance from the University of Musical Arts in Belgrade, Serbia.
Suzuki Cello certified teacher.
Suzuki Association Teacher Scholarship Association Award, NY Turtle Bay Music School Teacher Suzuki Scholarship Award, NY Frist Prize at the Republic Chamber Music Competition, YU “Mokranjac” for Highest Achievement in Music and Arts Award, YU Third Prize at the Federal Youth Cello Performance Competition, YU Frist Prize in the Republic Cello Performance Competition, YU
I am a classically trained cellist and a winner of many awards. I have performed solo, chamber, and orchestra concerts throughout the US. My erformances in New York City include Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall, Steinway Hall, Cami Hall, Zankel Hall, The Open Center, The Tibetan House, and Avery Fisher Hall.
My work with cello students of various abilities and performance-related injuries has inspired me to develop the Energy Efficient Cello Technique that helped many students play the cello with ease and pain-free. Some of my students have gone on to careers as soloists, chamber & orchestral musicians and session players.
I have recorded with various new age, world, folk, pop, electronic, and rock artists.
My teaching experience dates back to my college days, as I began teaching private lessons 25 years ago. Encouraging regular practice on a consistent schedule is one of the key points I like to emphasize for younger students, as it tends to help the student progress and gain a passion for the instrument. If a student isn't having fun in their lessons, then I'm not doing my job! My students are encouraged to enter competitions and recitals, as well as work on composing their own original material, so they can feel good about their accomplishments and stay motivated to learn. I'm always looking to bring on new students of all ages
I teach Suzuki and Energy Efficient Cello Technique. For beginning students who are children, I typically start with the Suzuki Cello Book. Once the student has progressed to have a grasp of the fundamentals, I will begin to introduce solo repertoire appropriate for their first recital performance. For adults, I try to find out what the student is interested in, and guide my instruction accordingly to keep the lessons engaging and fun, no matter their ability level. I encourage all of my students to join orchestra or shamble groups.
Nothing is more rewarding than seeing one of my students develop a passion for music! Therefore, it's important that each student progresses at his or her own pace. I encourage this by setting realistic goals and providing appropriate music for my students at each lesson. Acknowledging accomplishments helps fuel a students desire to progress, and makes students eager to learn more. By trying to find out what inspires the student, I can successfully tailor my instruction to their wants, needs and technical abilities.
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