May 20, 2016

Polina – Piano, Vocal & Theory Teacher

img_1961Polina started to play the piano at the age of 4. Soon she was playing solo for a radio station and participating in different competitions. At the age of 12, she performed with Kiev’s Philharmonic Orchestra in Ukraine.

Polina received her performance training and her Piano/Voice Teaching Diploma at A.M. Gorkiy Pedagogical Institute’s Faculty of Musical Arts. A strong believer in never-ending professional development, she has never stopped learning and in fact went on to graduate from Toronto’s Royal Conservatory of Music with a Certificate in Kodály Pedagogy. She also holds a Certificate in Suzuki Piano Pedagogy and is an active member of the Ontario Suzuki Association and the Suzuki Association of the Americas.

Polina has been teaching for more than 29 years. For her, pedagogy is an art, and her teaching approach is gentle and respectful. Starting with folk music and popular songs, Polina gradually leads her students to the next level of learning great classical masterpieces. How to motivate students to practice at home, as well as when and how to praise them, are questions she explores in her pedagogy.