Alla's piano lessons        - Ridgewood NJ       allatokar@yahoo.com       (201)965-9739
    About me
  • Started piano lessons at age 6
  • Attended special music school for 8 years
  • Graduated from musical college with bachelor degree
  • Graduated from Yekaterinburg state conservatory with 
       master degree in piano pedagogy.
  • Worked as piano teacher and accompanist in a music school for gifted children in Russia  and as a private piano teacher in New York and NJ. 

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Teaching music is my love and inspiration. I strongly believe that every person is born with musical ability. Every person can distinguish soprano and baritone voices, sad and happy tunes, waltz and march rhythms.  Music should be a vital part of a person’s education and part of each child's upbringing and development. It will enrich every child intellectually and emotionally. When we read a book to a child or take him to   the theater, ballet or museum, it is not because we plan their future in this field. Our real goal is to introduce the beauty of the world  through different aspects of art and to develop an appreciation and understanding of it.   

I love introducing music into a child's life and seeing the  excitement of discovering the magic of creating music by your own hands. 
The way music introduced is extremely important, like any other art, it has a language, structure, building materials and colors. Simply knowing the alphabet doesn't mean you can read, foremost knowing how to read doesn't mean you 'got' what the book meant to convey. I make sure that my students learn how to play MUSIC, not just NOTES.

 Piano lessons should not start with the position of the hand, but rather with the condition of mind. Firstly you have to know WHAT to play and later figure out HOW to play it.                                                                 

The best compliment I have ever received from a student is, "What do you mean the lesson is over? We just started!"    

'When words leave off, music begins...' 
  Heinrich Heine

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