Information About Liudmila - Surbiton teacher - (27 reviews)
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A professional teacher. Associated Board of the Royal School of Music registered
49 years experience
Adults and children (5+). Classical European (Russian) School, English School and beginners Jazz. Preferably acoustic piano. Teaching in English or Russian.
Hello! My name is Liudmila. I am a pianist and professional teacher with 49 years of experience. I have worked at various times at a music schools and colleges in Russia and, for the last 30 years, in the UK. Among my students are those who lean piano as a hobby as well as professionals. I can teach following either the European of the British systems to prepare for the ABRSM exams. I work with students of various ages and believe that the love of music can overcome any difficulties of mastering the piano playing. I know from many years of experience that beginners need special help so in teaching children I actively involve their parents as I believe that such help enhances the study and also helps them to build a close emotional and spiritual connection with their children. Lessons are planned based on the individual requirements and abilities of each student and I teach them from the very beginning to play with both hands, to read notes and pick up melodies by ear. The course includes special exercises (including physical ones) to build up the sense of rhythm and various sound producing techniques. If needed, I can also teach the basics of music theory, harmony and solfège.
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Additional Languages: English (British)
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)
- Canterbury Christ Church University DTLLS/PGCE course for mentors (2009) - Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (Other) (✘ Not On File)
- Far Eastern State University, Vladivostok, Russia (1982) - Diploma (University), MA equivalent (Professional) (✘ Not On File)
- College of Music, Kaluga, Russia (1975) - Diploma in teaching (awarded with first class honour). (College) (✘ Not On File)
- School of Music, Kaluga, Russia (1971) - Undergraduate (School) (✘ Not On File)
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As a teenager, my piano teacher would make me feel really bad if I hadn't practiced in between sessions, so I really appreciate the fact that Liudmila does not pressure me in that way whenever I don't get a chance to practice at home.
I also like her flexibility with regards to scheduling the session - I often have to change the day/time at short notice.
Another great difference with my past experience of piano teachers: I get to play the piano for a whole hour! (as opposed to enduring 45 minutes of tedious theory followed by 15 minutes of playing)
We do cover some theory, but it's seamlessly - understand "painlessly" - blended with the practicing.
What I value most though, is the fact that I get to choose which pieces we study - best way to keep motivated - and, for the days when I haven't picked a piece, Liudmila always comes up with great well-known pieces to practice.
This has really inspired me and I look look forward to my lessons and the way I play in different light.
I learnt some fundamentals in music theory that I didn't understand before.
Liudmila provided simple examples to teach various moods / dynamics / articulations.
carry on and practice.
I recommend Lucy as she has so much patience.
I would wholeheartedly recommend Lucy to an older person thinking about giving the piano a go.
Lucy was doubtful about my son's age too. But after a free trial lesson, she's willing to give it a go. We are very impressed with her teaching style - it's exactly what we are looking for. She plays games with him, works on his listening, sense of rhythm by getting him to clap and sing out the rhythm. She puts in a lot of effort to tailor make the lessons to suit my son's needs. After a few lessons, my son is playing a few simple tunes, and one for one of them, he's trying to play it with both hands. Lucy is also trying to get him to play the tune in different key by using his ears. I think this is fantastic training at this age.