Syosset, Rockville Centre
My first piano lesson stated when I was four years old. I received my B.M. from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, M.M. and D.M.A. (the Doctor of Musical Arts) from University of Cincinnati. As a composer and pianist, my piece has already performed by a variety of international performing ensembles, and has been acclaimed by audiences in Asia, North America and Europe.
As a dynamic and passionate educator, my teaching activates have ranged from beginner musicians and middle school students to graduate student. I have a genuine interest in and care for the success of my students. I am delighted to help who are struggling or further challenge those who are flourishing so that they may gain an even deeper understanding of and appreciation for music.
- 2016 D.M.A ,University of Cincinnati, College- Conservatory of Music, (Cincinnati, OH)
- 2015 Winner of the CCM Philharmonia’s Composition Competition
Syosset, Rockville Centre
I have established myself as a vocal artist and music educator. From primary school onward I trained in Paris in vocal and piano. In 2014 I earned a B.F.A. in jazz vocal performance at CCNY. During this period I formed the grunge rock group Night Manager as vocalist playing many popular NYC venues; Knitting Factory, Bowery Bowl, Webster Hall. The band would win invitations to festivals SXSW, North Side fest and CMJ, issuing a 7" vynil for the label Firetalk, released in the USA and a 7" with Big Love Records in Japan. Night Manager has won critics praise from MTV Iggy, Rough Trade-U.K. and Pitchfork. Currently I teach vocals and piano while performing as vocalist-arranger for the Chic Suite jazz trio playing regularly in NYC. I will also be releasing my debut album this fall 2016 under the name of BEIJU.
"In private lessons, I adapt to the student's needs and interests. My first concern when I meet a student is to raise their interest and curiosity about music. I find that when the student is fascinated about the instrument he is learning, his will to progress and learn more makes our work together much more efficient and improvement much faster. The desire to learn must come from the student, no matter the age. Learning music requires a lot of hard work, perseverance and self-discipline. I am here to guide and encourage.”
Syosset and Rockville Centre
Born in the Soviet Union, I began learning classical piano and voice at age 4, taught by my mother, then by a professional pianist. As a young child, I was immersed in the Russian piano tradition, famous for its combination of strong technique and expressive performance. At age 9, I emigrated to the United States. To support my family in our new country, my mother took work as a church organist. I then went on to study piano, voice, and organ at Hunter College and at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. I now perform regularly as church organist and cantor at the St. Gabriel Church in Stamford, Connecticut, where I also direct the choir and serve as the music director.
Here at iSchool, I teach classical piano and voice to students as young as 5 years old to adults of any age. I have taught total beginners as well as advanced students preparing for competitions and NYSSMA certifications. I bring an unusually empathic style of teaching to my lessons. I am especially gifted at leading students beyond barriers that have previously held them back. My teaching combines Russian technical rigor with an American individualism and creativity. “Float like a butterfly and sting like a bee,” I have told some students, showing how good piano technique is simultaneously relaxed and precise. For one student having difficulties with rhythm, I can play some passages with correct rhythm and some with an error, and get the student to identify the difference. Students who thought they couldn’t master music notation have learned to sight-read, students who previously played the piano mechanically and without expression have learned to bring out the music’s beauty by choosing appropriate phrasing, and students who thought they lacked creativity have found themselves improvising music right at the keyboard, all under Katya’s gentle and conscientious tutelage.
- Hold’s a degree from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University
- Performs regularly as a church organist and cantor at St. Gabriel Church in Stamford, Connecticut
I obtained a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Center Conservatory of Music in Beijing, and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Missouri State University. Between 2011 and 2013, I was a Young Artist Apprentices in Springfield Regional Opera. My leading roles with SRO included Third lady in Die Zauberflöte, Flora in La Traviata, Mercédès in Carmen, Magdalena in Rigoletto, Suzuki in Madama Butterfly. More than ten years of experience in Chinese traditional dancing and ballet has given me the passion and enthusiasm to imbue into my life and music.
Recently, I am employed in a public elementary school in Queens, New York and teach piano and voice lessons at iSchool of Music and Art in Syosset, NY.
- Holds a Bachelor’s degree of Music in Vocal Performance from Center Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China.
- Holds a Master’s Degree of Music in Vocal Performance from Missouri State University.
- Performed a number of leading roles in productions as a member of the Springfield Regional Opera.
For around 15 years, I have made a career of performing throughout the United States and Europe. I have performed a vast array of characters such as Carmen (Carmen), Charlotte (Werther), Frugola (Il Tabarro), Flora (La Traviata), Suzuki (Madama Butterfly), Mama Lucia (Cavalleria Rusticana), Gertrude (Romeo et Juliette), Rosette (Manon), Inez (Il Trovatore), Pinellino (Gianni Schicchi) and Giovanna (Rigoletto). In 2014, I originated the role of Soldier’s Mother in the world premiere production of Theo Popov’s three-character opera, “Once Upon the Wind.” I have also performed as a guest solo artist in Switzerland, England, Ireland, Wales, and Canada. During my time in Switzerland, I earned a Zertifikat in American Music specializing in American Spirituals. I was recently named a national semi-finalist for the New York Lyric Opera Vocal Competition, and finished work on the prize-winning independent film "Crackers" starring Vincent D'Onofrio, Brenda Vaccarro, Dan Hedaya, and Anthony Laciura. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Long Island University in 2005 and my Master’s Degree from Westminster Choir College in 2008. There, I studied with celebrated Soprano, Sharon Sweet, and coached with Daniel Beckwith and JJ Penna. During this time, I won 2nd place in the Hilliard Rankel Vocal Competition. I currently study with the MET’s and HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” star, Anthony Laciura.
- Holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Long Island University.
- Earned Master’s Degree from Westminster Choir College
- Named a National semi-finalist for the New York Lyric Opera Vocal Competition.
The world is in constant need of people who are going to make a difference and, as a teacher, I believe I have succeeded thus far in this endeavor. For the past several years, I have been producing, performing, recording and teaching classes in piano, voice and theory in the Washington DC Public Charter School systems as well as private academies. The students I have taught have experienced the opportunity to travel and perform in local schools and churches in DC, VA, as well as Africa. My experience as a music director has been very enriching. I have had the opportunity to work as Musical Director with the Laurel Mill Playhouse on the show of Annie and Hair. I was able to run rehearsals in a timely manner teaching various choral parts to the performers. These shows provided me the experience of producing a musical score as well as organizing and playing in the pit band. Being able to create live music with other musicians was a great pleasure. Leading people on a journey of learning music and then performing it has lead me to be a stronger musician. I have also had the honor to work at the prestigious Sidwell Friends School in Washington, DC in addition to UCLA for the Summer Institute for the Gifted Program. I would describe my teaching style as a means in which students can be completely content to learn music notation, vocal, instrumental, ear-training skills and be able to perform music professionally and expressively. I am originally from Queens, NY and have been classically trained in piano in at various schools and conservatories, including LaGuardia H.S. of Music and Art and Performing Arts. I have received my Bachelor of Music from Howard University, as well as a Master’s degree in Jazz Voice. I am a fun teacher dedicated to making sure my students learn how to play and perform their craft. Each student is different and requires a unique approach. My lessons are reflective of teacher and student participation and my instructional skills challenge students by keeping them engaged and anticipating the next topic.
- Has worked as Music Director of the Laurel Mill Playhouse for several productions
A Hicksville native, I began by my musical inquiries through listening and singing to a wide variety of music at a very young age, playing around and improvising on the upper register keys while to while my grandmother played through the classics. After having taken piano lessons for a number of years, I discovered a hidden singing voice in my teens and quickly sought out instruction. After a couple great years of performing musicals and chamber groups, I was accepted into the the Long Island school for the Arts (formerly BOCES cultural arts center) in Syosset for voice studies concurrent with my senior year of High School. I earned a voice scholarship to attend the Hartt School, University of Hartford, Connecticut. While there, I continued piano studies while focusing on opera, classical song, movement, ear training, theater studies and music theory. Immediately out of college I worked a year in an internship with the (former) Connecticut Opera. This involved performing in main stage productions at the Bushnell Theater, as well as concerts and educational outreach for k-12 students throughout the state.
Further continuing my education, I earned full tuition scholarships to Boston University's Opera Institute, as well as Philadelphia’s Academy of Vocal Arts. I also spent a year and earned Music Education certification credits from Brooklyn College, completing student teaching in Northport, NY.
As a musician, I have been active in choral ensembles, educational outreach, liturgical music, concerts, school musicals, recitals, operas and various other musical experiences with organizations such as the New York Virtuoso Singers, New York Choral Artists, New York City Opera, Verbier Music Festival, Opera Theater of St. Louis, Boston Lyric Opera, Connecticut Opera, Hartford Symphony Orchestra among others. Since returning to New York in 2013, I've had the chance to appear regularly with professional ensembles in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln center, Brooklyn Academy of Music among others.
In 2014, I accepted a position as organist/cantor/choir director at St. Stephen's Lutheran Church in Hicksville.
2016 marks my 3rd year teaching piano and voice at iSchool -- What an enjoyable and rewarding experience! As an educator, I have been teaching music privately and in studios for over 16 years. I look forward to working with you or your child in the near future -- Come for a trial lesson!
- Earned a vocal scholarship through Long Island School for the Arts to attend the Hartt School of the University of Hartford, Connecticut.
- Received full-tuition scholarships to Boston University’s Opera Institute as well as Philadelphia’s Academy of Vocal Arts.
- Has been teaching music privately and in studios for over 16 years.
Syosset and Rockville Centre
I have always had a passion for music! This drove me to study a variety of instruments, such as voice, piano, and flute. In high school, I was selected to be part of the United States Youth Ensemble where I had the opportunity to sing in six different countries throughout Europe. In May 2011, I graduated from Westminster Choir College with a BM in Music Education. As a student at Westminster, I sang with the Westminster Symphonic Choir, which performed various symphonic works at the Princeton University Chapel, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall.
- Toured Europe while in High School as part of the United States Youth Ensemble
- Holds a degree in Music Education from Westminster Choir College
- Performed with the Westminster Symphonic Choir at many prestigious venues
I love working with students all ages and find true passion through teaching music. I was first inspired to begin playing music through my family. Growing up, there was always music at home and I was always drawn to it. As I began taking lessons, my teachers played a very important role in why I teach today. They have taught me how powerful music is and how much joy you can find in bettering your skills. I am still taking lessons today and continue to find myself growing more and more with each passing lesson.
I am a Five Towns College graduate. There I received my bachelors in music education with a concentration in voice. I am both an advanced pianist and vocalist. I began studying both instruments at the age of 14 and have performed with various vocal groups throughout my career including select choirs and select barbershop groups as well as solo voice recitals.
During my career teaching piano and voice, I have had the opportunity to work with students of all ages and of all music backgrounds. I have also worked with small and large groups of students during my stay as a student teacher in the West Islip school district where I taught general music k-5, and various high school vocal ensembles. During my stay in the West Islip school district, I also conducted two vocal groups for their spring concert. (Dian)
- Holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Five Towns College.
- Student taught within the West Islip School District for grades k-5 and for various high school vocal ensembles.
Port Washington and Rockville Centre
Some of my earliest childhood memories are from when I was 5 years old watching my first Broadway show. I absolutely loved the costumes, scenery, music and the glamor that went along with the performance. When I was 6 years old I was on vacation with my family on a cruise. The cruise held a talent show one night for the children on the ship and I decided to sing “Tomorrow” from Annie. To this day I will never live the story down of how I refused to give back the microphone even after my song was done. I refused to get off stage. I was hooked! It wasn’t long before I was taking piano lessons and dance lessons. My Mother enrolled me in a youth musical theater performing arts program on the weekends where I gained more experience and knowledge with performing in shows.
By the time I was in high school, I really began to take singing more seriously and began to think of it as a career. All I did was spend my free time singing and recording myself singing various show tunes and Disney songs. I was participating in the school musicals and choral groups and even taking music theory. I began to take voice lessons privately and was trained in classical vocal technique. I went off to college and had a wonderful experience at Adelphi University as a vocal performance/psychology major. There I gained experience participating in operas, vocal recitals, chamber ensembles, and choral. I had really fallen in love with singing and performing classical vocal repertoire. After I graduated, I studied in New York City with two well renowned professional opera singers and participated in the art song preservation society.
In addition to my love for classical music, I also write and perform my own music for piano, voice, and guitar. I find it extremely rewarding and love to perform in local clubs and cafés to share my music. I've performed and recorded for both myself and other musicians.
In 2011, I went back to Hofstra University to receive my Master’s degree in music education. Since then I have taught voice & piano instruction to students with diverse musical interests. There is nothing more rewarding then teaching music! Music gave me a sense of confidence, belonging, and passion that I hope to share with my students. In my individual instruction, I like to cater to the specific needs and interests of the student as well and give them a strong musical foundation in vocal, performing, piano, and sight-reading technique. Just as I help my students grow and learn to become better musicians, my students continuously help me grow everyday as an educator.
- Holds a Bachelor’s in Vocal Performance from Adelphi University
- Participated in the Art Song Preservation Society of NYC.
- Holds a Master’s Degree in Music Education from Hofstra University.
Syosset and Port Washington
I still have beautiful childhood memories from my grandfather, the only musician of the family. He left me some of the most important skills a kid should have: how to ride a bike, how to read the time on the clock and how to enjoy and love the piano music. His musical legacy has been the engine of my life.
My mother enrolled me at the National Conservatory after my grandpa passed away. There I met the great composers and their masterworks while clandestinely I attended the rehearsals of the Philharmonic of Bogota. My passion for music had been born.
Later, during my adolescence, a friend gave me an audio cassette of Latin music which had some mambo and salsa tunes. At the beginning, I didn’t like it, but later I discovered how the piano played in very rhythmically and lively loops. That I liked! So, I started to copy the patterns by listening and, at the age of 16, I joined my first professional band with which I traveled around all my country.
In 2000, while I was a student at the Caribe-Ibero American Music program at the Arts College of Bogota, a huge challenge was presented to me. I had an opportunity to participate in a piano competition in the U.S.A. I participated and twice won the Charlie Palmieri Piano Latino Competition at the Harbor Conservatory of New York City. There I had the opportunity to study with some of the best exponents of Latin Jazz and Afro Cuban music.
Parallel to my experience in the Big Apple as a student, performer, arranger and musical director, there is one more passion in my life. It is to share with others my modest knowledge. Teaching and transmitting to children the wonders of music are also very important in my life. Every time I see a smile that the power of a beautiful melody causes in a child's face, I thank life for a gift that embellishes many of our moments.
- Attended the Caribe-Ibero American Music Program at the Arts College of Bogota, Colombia
- Has won the Charlie Palmieri Piano Latino Competition at the Harbor Conservatory of New York City two times.
- Author of Sonorous, Multi- Style Piano Repertoire for Junior Performers in the styles of Classical, Jazz, Rock, Pop and Latin
I come from Bulgaria, where as a pianist and musician I have been trained in the time-honored European traditions. The major goal of this tradition is for the student to accept music as something natural to his body and soul.
My method toward teaching music is based on a relaxed atmosphere and individual approach to each student. My strengths are knowledge of technique, repertoire and concert practice, but I always teach with patience and humor. I am a teacher who knows how to navigate the musical development of a student from a first lesson to the conservatory level.
Lessons are not just classes, but a personal experience and opportunity for the student to cultivate a number of important abilities that will serve him or her not only in music — but in life.
- Was under the tutelage of James DePreist at the Juilliard School in New York City.
- Acted as Resident Conductor of the NYU Symphony Orchestras where he worked with the NYU Symphony Orchestra and the NYU Repertory Orchestra.
- Founder of the Tsenov Chamber Ensemble, a New York City based orchestra devoted to the performance and promotion of contemporary and classical music.
Port Washington and Rockville Centre
My love of music came to me through my mother’s love of the performing arts. Although she never played a musical instrument, she was determined to give her two daughters piano lessons, and every other lesson known to man, including baton lessons! By the age of 5, I was studying piano and singing in the choir and I never stopped! My mother also made sure that we saw every musical and ballet that came through my hometown of Chicago. And in those days, the touring productions traveled with the original Broadway stars such as Julie Andrews, Richard Burton and Rex Harrison. Needless to say, I was enthralled with these productions and my love of performing grew. By the time I reached high school, I was still studying piano and had added on voice lessons. I auditioned and performed in every musical opportunity I could find. It shouldn’t have been a surprise, therefore, when I announced I wanted to major in music in college, but it still was. To my parent’s credit, they adapted quickly and I earned a bachelor of music and a master of music in short succession, although my performing focus had now switched to opera. I entered college thoroughly entranced by musical theater, but quickly came to realize that my voice actually led me towards opera instead and the passion for classical music quickly followed. Although I had narrowed my major to vocal performance, the years of piano lessons continued to be a valuable asset in learning music quickly as well as making my way through difficult music theory and history classes. I came to the east coast after receiving my master’s degree in vocal performance to participate in several prestigious young artist training programs, after which I moved to New York City. I have received my Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Performance and my Master’s Degree for the same from University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. I also attended The Opera Institute at Boston University which is a postgraduate operatic training program. I started teaching piano and voice when I was still in college and have continued to do so at various schools and privately. Although I still perform regularly, I will always continue to find fulfillment in teaching. I enjoy teaching a wide range of students, from ages 3.5 to 75, a wide range of musical styles. I hope to not only pass along the fundamental elements of music, such as technique, theory and pedagogy to my students, but I hope to instill in them the basic love and passion for music and performing that I was fortunate to find at a young age.
- Holds Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees for Vocal Performance from the University of Illinois, Champaign- Urbana.
- Attended the Opera Institute at Boston University for their postgraduate operatic training program.
I was lucky enough to grow up in a household with a piano and developed a love for the sounds that it made at a young age. I began taking lessons at the Great Neck Music Conservatory in Great Neck, NY at the age of five and have been actively playing ever since. I have been a classical pianist for twentyseven years and a piano teacher for over ten years. I have a BS in Criminal Justice (2004, St. John’s University, NY) and a BA in Music Education (2011, Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, NY) with an initial teaching certification in music grades K-12. I attended the Lawrence Eisman Center for Preparatory Studies in Music at Queens College from 1995-1999. I have performed in many venues throughout NYC, including Steinway Hall, Cami Hall, and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. I am currently a certified NYSSMA piano judge and a member of NAFME and The Associated Music Teachers League.
I believe that there is no one universal method to teach students how to learn how to play the piano. All students are different as they come from diverse backgrounds, have specific individual needs, and unique preferences. A good piano teacher must embrace these differences and, in turn, utilize a variety of teaching styles and ideas to appeal to each student regardless of their age, training, learning ability, and musical preference. I am a versatile teacher and believe in trying new ideas and strategies to help my students find success and develop an appreciation and love for what they are learning.
- Certified NYSSMA piano judge
- Holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the Aaron Copland School of Music at CUNY Queens College.
- Member of the Associated Music Teachers League