Lessons for Children
My way of teaching children is based on the traditional method of Russian piano pedagogy that taps all the important aspects of playing piano early on. With the young beginners, I focus on combining the efficiency of piano instructions with fun, helping children stay interested in music—and as any child knows, touching the piano keys and playing a simple tune is a fun!
Lessons for Teenagers and Adults
My true forte of a music educator reveals when I teach teenagers and adults. They are my favorite age groups to teach because for the teenagers and adults I can present music in all its philosophic glory as a fantastically interesting and fascinating story—all while my students learn about the fundamentals of music theory, the notation, and piano playing. It is the union of performing experience and solid education in cognitive sciences and philosophy that makes my music lessons unique.
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Marina is a wonderfully gifted musician who is an extremely generous and patient teacher. I never play my piano without thinking of her and remembering something she taught me. I am very fortunate to have been her student.
Maxine Billingsley, RN, Philadelphia, PA
We have got the chance, my daughter Ilana and me, to meet Marina. She is a fabulous piano teacher, very patient, so talented and above all very good at explaining. My daughter calls her "Maria and her sounds of music"! Thanks to Marina, my daughter has discovered a new dimension in music! I wish I had the time to take more piano lessons for myself!
Nathalie Haehnel, PhD, Paris/NYC.
Marina is a highly skilled, extraordinarily passionate pianist and an excellent teacher. I took lessons from her as an adult and found her to be patient, flexible, inspirational and motivating. She was supportive and considerate of my personal learning goals and style. She created a relaxing and enjoyable learning environment while encouraging my progression and love for piano. In addition, she does a fantastic job of integrating music theory into the lessons. I highly recommend her as an experienced teacher for any child or adult interested in piano.
Tia Gareau, RN, BSN, New York, NY
Logan is 8 years old and has been taking piano lessons from Marina for about 6 months. It has been a great experience for the whole family. Logan started lessons with Marina having never played at all. Now he is playing the piano at a level that I never believed possible in this short a period of time. Not only is he playing, but he is rapidly gaining an understanding of music and music theory. Marina challenges him, and although he may complain that the work is too difficult (as any kid will), he does it and then is so very proud of himself for what he was able to accomplish. He is developing a love for music that he otherwise might never have achieved. We have so enjoyed Marina – her teaching ability and her care for Logan, not to mention her great love and knowledge of music. She has become a friend and mentor to not only Logan, but to my husband and I as well. We are sad to see her go and will miss her a great deal. We wish you the best, Marina.
Anne Schmitt, Keller, TX
I’ve been a piano student of Marina since February 2015. I find her consistently professional and highly talented in the art of teaching piano. Unlike many teachers, she has intimate knowledge of the neuroscience behind learning a new skill as well as of music cognition itself. She breaks down the task into manageable bites tailored to the specific student, does not go too fast, prods the right amount and has a firmness that doesn’t let you slack. If you aren’t getting something, she approaches it from nine different ways, if necessary. She understands and promotes in her methods that learning a new skill requires patience, dedicated practice and loving self-acceptance of the learning curve. She supplements her teaching with tactile methods that break through learning barriers in verbal instruction. Marina is easy to work with and flexible with appointment times. I’d recommend her to anyone whether a beginner or an advanced pianist.
Richard Patik, New York, NY
Learning piano with Marina has been a wonderful experience. Very few teachers are willing to work with 35 year old beginners, but Marina welcomed the opportunity and after just one lesson I could see that she has a flair and passion for teaching anyone. We began immediately with what I consider "grown-up" music, and within months I was able to play classical pieces that I was happy to share with my friends and family. After a year of learning from Marina, my playing ability, understanding of music theory and knowledge of music history have increased tremendously. Even better, my six year old daughter has developed an interest in playing herself. Overall, I couldn't be more pleased with my progress and learning from Marina was certainly an excellent choice
Jeffrey Turner, web developer and author, North Richland Hills, TX
Marina has dwelt deeply on the aesthetic and affective dimensions of music. She is asking an old question: what is it about music that touches our hearts and minds? What do we consider beautiful, and how and why do beautiful works of music stir our emotions? Marina has thought more about these questions than anyone I know. She brings the intimate understanding of a music-lover and the incisive knowledge of a scientist together. I imagine that very few people exist with such a broad and deep appreciation of Western music.
Peter Lynch, architect, US/Sweden
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