In my studio I love to discover who you are as a person, your identities, your passions and your dreams.
Each student is unique and each student will have a unique lesson trajectory. I use Universal Design for Learning, multi-sensory and sensorimotor approaches as my teaching framework to meet the needs of every child.
Whether you are just starting on the piano or have been playing for a while, I would love to take you on an exciting journey of learning music. We will improvise, create our own music, learn the fundamentals to advance in piano playing and musicianship.
I have a son with intellectual disabilities and have been a fierce advocate for inclusion in schools and the community.
My 13-year old is both autistic and musically gifted. Elena is a wonderful teacher for him. She is very good at listening to him, figuring out what he needs next, and helping him get to the next step. In the approximately 12 months he has worked with her (we had a big gap because of the pandemic) he has gone from playing “Fur Elise” to Debussy’s “Arabesque.” His technique has improved tremendously — he is more in control with his finger and arm movements, thinking about breathing while playing, and his balance at the piano is much better. My son loves being able to play complex and beautiful pieces. He loves going to piano lesson, and really respects and values Elena.”
Anne H, mother
I started taking lessons with Elena about a year ago. At that time, I only had few months of piano background, so I was a beginner. I can tell that I am not ready to stop taking lessons with her! Itâ€™s been a great year of practice and progress. As a beginner I was/am very focused on trying to get to hit the right keys and thatâ€™s it. She opened the world of music to me through ear training, learning how to listen to the instrument, and using my voice to understand the relationship between breathing and playing. On top of that she helped me understand the music we play, by talking about theory, scales, chords, to make sense of the music. Each lesson is passionate. She manages to mix theory, technical practice, sound and music. Sheâ€™s imaginative, always tries to find â€˜theâ€™ exercise, â€˜theâ€™ practice to get us to where she wants us to be. She does not give up until we reach it. She is very flexible and adjusts every lesson based on the practice to get the best out of the lesson. Sheâ€™s calm and patient, encouraging and always says when something is not right, so I get the right balance of support and criticism which is very important in the learning process. More than a teacher, sheâ€™s also a great pianist and I believe that makes a difference: sheâ€™s a teacher who plays. We can feel sheâ€™s passionate about music and the instrument that she masters. Not only is it always a pleasure to listen to her playing a piece, but also it helps understanding what sheâ€™s explaining while talking about the sound we try to produce with the instrument. Sometimes during our lesson she would try to play as I play to force me to listen more and to have a sense of where the problems are. I am not learning piano with her, I am learning how to play music.
Sandrine R., student
I am a high school senior and have been learning piano for almost 11 years. I started taking lessons from Elena only 2.5 years ago. She is calm and patient, and at the same time has continously nudged me forward. Elena really helped me improve my technique and trained me to focus on finer points. I can feel the improvement in quality myself. Also, I had not done a single ABRSM exam prior to starting with Elena but in the two years with her, I have very succesfully passed the highest, Grade 8 ABRSM exam, and now preparing for Diploma in Piano Performance. Here are some of my rectial performances under Elena. I strongly reccomend Elena for piano training.
Although this is a review about Mrs. Elena as a teacher, I think it is fitting to mention how well she plays as a performer. Her sound production is rich, powerful, and delicate. This spills over to her teaching style, she goes over the technicalities, but she emphasizes on interpretation from day one, i.e. with how the music should sound. She has been a wonderful teacher for our son.
I am an adult student who has been studying with Elena for two years. She is a wonderful teacher who has helped me to understand music in new ways. I so enjoy my lessons! She has also helped me to choose music that I love and that helps me improve as a pianist. As another review stated, she is also an excellent performer and I have much enjoyed the opportunities to hear her perform.
Elena Levina is intelligent and inquisitive pianist with good creative and detailed ideas. She plays with conviction and thoughtfulness.
Timothy Bach, Professor Piano/Accompanying, San Francisco Conservatory
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