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MM, Indiana University, Viola Performance BM, Indiana University, Viola Performance Young Artist Program, Colburn Academy, Viola Performance Grade and High School, Moscow Gnessin School of Music, Violin and Viola Performance, Pedagogy
2017 - Attended Heifetz International Music Institute 2016 - Indiana University Jacobs School of Music - Artistic Excellence Fellowship 2015 - Winner of the Indiana MTNA Competition 2014 - Winner of the Indiana MTNA Competition 2014 - Performed with Imperial Symphony Orchestra 2013 - Indiana University South Bend - Music Talent Scholarship 2009 - 2nd prize in "The Art of 21st Century"
I am very passionated about teaching music to little children. I started at an age of 3 myself, and I believe any child is talented when starting an instrument early. I have studied in a special music school since I was 9, and moved to the United States to study music after graduating from a music High School. I am currently finishing my Masters of Music in Viola Performance at Indiana University. I have performed in many concert halls of the world, including two performances with an orchestra. Besides performing solo, I am enjoying my life as an chamber and orchestra musician.
My teaching experience started during my High School years. Studying in a special music school in Russia, I was required to take pedagogy classes as well as children's psychology and other education related classes. In addition, I was teaching younger students and assisted my teacher's lessons with younger students. During my college years, I was teaching privately students of all ages. Most currently, I was learning violin pedagogy from Mimi Zweig, and assisting String Academy as a helper teacher. I believe that the students should have the right foundation in order to enjoy playing, and I encourage every day practice in order to achieve that. I am very happy to see my students making progress, and I believe that making progress make students passionated players.
For my young students, I use typical methods of teaching, setting up the right foundation and classical repertoire. I combine Russian teaching methods, methods of Mimi Zweig, and the Suzuki system. I typically use Suzuki books for beginners, and than transfer students to a diverse string repertoire. If students are motivated and interested in becoming professionals, I introduce more scales and exercises to help them build a strong technical foundation. For adult students and players for fun, I let the choose their own repertoire according to their level, and try to give them a technical foundation they need. I believe that it is essential to be able to play in ensemble, therefore I often play piano accompaniment in the lessons.
I have students of very different levels, and with different goals in music. Most important, I discuss goals with students to help them set their own goals, and also to know what we need to achieve in the lessons. I encourage students to practice every day, and see their lessons as a little performance. When performing, students see their own progress and become eager to make more progress for the next lesson. With younger students, I try to involve parents in their individual practice. Little children are not able to make progress on their own, and active parents is usually what make it possible.
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