Luba began playing piano at 5 years old under the tutelage of an excellent teacher and attended St. Petersburg Mravinsky School of Arts for Children for 9 years. Russian schools are very disciplined to the extreme. Students are expected to have a passion for both playing and practice, discipline that will last throughout their lives.
Russian-trained teachers are rare in America and highly sought after for their expertise and understanding of pedagogy. Their method combines the principles of comprehensive musical development and creative pedagogy.
Students not only master the instrument, they simultaneously develop an ear for music and performance skills for improvisation, transposition and ensemble playing. Group lessons are especially valuable in early development.
When it comes to teaching children, I treat them as individuals with intelligence, which allows them to co-create their learning process. This gives me much joy because I am able to actively facilitate, yet act responsively to their learning process.
My main focus includes arm and hand movements, scales, theory, technique and sight reading. Keeping these themes in mind, my students are able to achieve great success. I've been told my Russian method of teaching produces much better results; students learn faster, with enhanced arm/hand positions and play better sooner.
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