Bachelor Degree: Kyiv National University of Music and Arts
I am a passionate and motivated professional cellist who loves working with students and sharing my experience and knowledge. I graduated from Kyiv National University in 1997 and performed with many European orchestrasts, touring Germany, Spain, France, Italy, Poland, Portugal, and of course the United States. I worked as a principal cellist in the Chernihiv Philarmonic Orchestra (Ukraine) for 25 years, a few years ago I moved with my family to the United States and started my musical journey here.
My teaching experience dates back to my college days. I received my first teaching certificate in 1991 and worked in a Professional Music school for many years. Throughout my professional career, I always had students who would come to my performances and have the privilege of learning and sitting next to me on a professional stage. I've found that a combination of classical and modern music can go a long way in helping students enjoy the cello and motivate them to practice and continue to learn.
I believe that it is essential for students to learn the music grammar and the learn the basic fundamentals, which are used by every professional, no matter what style of music they play. It allows the students to be in love with music and later play whatever they want. I tailor every lesson to the student's wants and needs. I try to find out what the student is interested in and guide my instruction accordingly to keep the lessons engaging and fun, and of course valuable for the student's progression.
I believe that theory is important, but practice makes all the difference. I like playing with my students, this way, they can see my hands, and my moves and hear what I am doing. It is important that each student progresses at his or her own pace. I always try to end a lesson with the song that they dream to play one day perfectly. Setting goals at each lesson helps students achieve greater results. Acknowledging accomplishments helps fuel a student's desire to progress, and makes students eager to learn more.