Music has always been a part of my life. I began taking piano lessons and music theory when I was seven years old at the Music School in USSR, and continued there until I was 15 years old. I loved to play the piano and sing for my family and close friends. I grew up studying with the classical music of Mozart, Bach, Beethoven, Verdi, Schubert and Russian composers: Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, and Stravinsky. I will always be grateful to them for showing me the beautiful language of music. I enjoyed learning music and entering competitions which were good motivation to keep practicing. When I was 23 years old, I got my Master’s Degree from Tashkent State Institute of Culture in Cultural Education; Primary study in piano and choir direction with specialized skills and experience in teaching basic level piano lesson to children and adults.
I began my career as a music teacher in a preschool. In my seven years of teaching, I had hands-on experience teaching piano and music to children age’s two to seven and have come to know they respond well to music. After moving to Volgograd (Russia), I taught private piano lessons for children and adult students. I taught using interactive methodologies to introduce students to the concepts like notations, tone, scales and more and used the technique of Nikolaev’s Russian School of Piano Playing.
I prefer the classical type of repertoire in teaching students. I was taught classical music when I was in music school and it is very close to me. However, I also enjoy playing and listening to many different types of music.
I moved to Michigan in 2013. I sadly left my piano students—some of almost 5 years, but was extremely excited to begin my new life here. After deciding I wanted to continue to teach piano and music, I now give private lessons in this area as well. Having students again was very exciting, especially since I enjoy children so much. From the introduction to piano playing, to inspiring students to make music on their own, I believe in pursuing music not just as a profession but also as a hobby. I plan my lessons accordingly, with an individual and flexible approach. Love and passion towards music is an essential factor required in my job. My greatest reward is to see the enjoyment and happy faces of my students as they discover the joy of music.
Recently, I discovered Expressions Music Academy. I was so glad to meet Jessica, the Director of Expressions Music Academy. I immediately liked Jessica and thought her ideas for her music school were great. She introduced me to a place where I can enjoy a comfortable, professional, inspirational environment and expand my piano and music teaching. This is a really special place with a crystal clear vision and mission. I look forward to teaching at Expressions Music Academy and am sincerely happy to be part of the team!