Master Degree in Arts; Musical School of Lvov University Major: Piano teacher. Minor: Performer
Maya was born in Odessa, Ukraine. She started learning to play piano at the age of five and hasn’t stopped since. Maya studied at the Conservatory in Ukraine and achieved Master of Arts in piano performance and piano teaching. Later she accompanied for dancers and singers of the Odessa Theater of Opera and Ballet. Maya teach music to children’s and adults more than 20 years. After moving to the US, she worked as an accompanist at the “Andahazy School of Classical Ballet” in Minnesotaand continues to teach. After moving to North Carolina she started a Baum’s Music school, were she teach piano to the class of 50 students. Her student’s knowledge evaluated through local and state festivals and competitions. Maya’s students have won many prizes and rewords at the different levels. Maya was elected as a president of Raleigh Music Club and continues teaching out of a private home studio.
After moving to Texas she restarted a Baum’s Music schools were she teach piano to the class of 25 students and teaches music at the Coppell Conservatory. Her student’s knowledge evaluated through local and state festivals and competitions. In Texas Maya also worked in Brookhaven College as a Performance Arts Specialist for Dance department.
1980 - Present- Provide private piano lessons to children and adults; lessons include music theory as well as instrumental practice. Students participated and awarded on state and federal festivals and competitions . 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!
My lessons include a time to practice piano technique as well as time to learn new pieces. I usually recommend R. and N. Faber books for beginners. I also encourage performances and for those, I let students choose works (classical, romantic, contemporary, jazz, or pop) based on skill level and personal interest. Having a goal for a performance can really help to motivate learning and practicing at home. I also incorporate duets when appropriate. This gives students an opportunity to play a piece of music beyond their skill level and is very inspiring. I like to make a detailed log for students to help focus them on a certain section or aspect of music to practice at home.
I was classically trained in Ukraine and I follow the Russian tradition of teaching music. Mastering a piece of music is a multi step approach. An important factor for me is helping students learn proper technique. I feel that mastering the necessary skills of finger placement and hand positioning will lay the groundwork for quickly learning new pieces as skill level grows. By trying to find out what inspires the student, I can successfully tailor my instruction to their wants and needs.....