I am a dedicated piano tutor and a performer with over 30 years experience. My expertise is in solving the most difficult playing technique problems that ease tensions. Love and understanding the music is also part of my teachings.
- Which subject(s) do you teach?
Piano, musicianship, theory, aural as well as other musical subjects.
- Tell me about your qualifications.
Degree in piano playing, accompaniment and teaching at Moscow Conservatoire (USSR), Dipl. in Performance Piano Studies, Belgrade Music Academy (Yugoslavia), MA in Music (Performance Studies), City University, London
- How much do you charge?
An hourly rate is £60. There are 30, 45 and 60 minutes lesson available.
Half-term paid in advance.
* Terms and conditions apply
- Where do you teach?
I am teaching from home in Islington, N7, near Holloway Road Tube St. North London.
- When are you available?
There are vacancies on Tuesdays and Fridays after school hours as well as mornings. On Saturdays and other times throughout the week, I teach adults and advanced levels.
- Which ages and levels do you teach?
any age and levels including diplomas
- Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
Piano grades I-VIII, any boards as well as diplomas including LRSM, FRSM or equivalent. MA Degree levels.
- Do you have a personal message for students?
Piano playing is a wonderful experience, but sometimes it could be hard work and not always rewording after much practice. I am here to help and make your piano practice easier and to teach love of music. The ultimate goal is - you learn to play better with less effort, so we can all can enjoy beautiful music.
- What kind of experience do you have?
Over 30 years of piano teaching in various schools and institutions, preparing students for exams for any board including festivals and competitions with excellent results. I have performed publicly since the age of 7 and played over 200 concerts. Please refer to my CV.
- Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
Yes, as I am working in educational institutions, including Hertfordshire Music Service, where all teachers are checked.
- Where and with whom did you train?
In Belgrade: with professors including L.Suica-Babic, L.Petrovich; at the Belgarde Academy with Igor Lazko (founder of Russian Conservatory of A. Scriabin in Paris)
In Kyiv: Professor L.B. Sur
In Moscow: Professor P.V. Messner, Vadim Saharov and Andrei Gavrilov
In London: Professor James Gibb
- Do you belong to any professional organisations?
EPTA (European Piano Teachers Association), ISSTIP (International Society for the Study of Tension in performance)
- Tell me about some of your current students.
I teach between 40-50 students per week of various ages and levels. Last summer term 2012, my 9 students have passed piano grades I - VIII, all ABRSM: with distinction (5) and with merits (4). One was entered to study at the Royal Academy of Music + two other gained piano teaching diplomas this year. Also, 2 children have won medals and 1st prizes at various piano competitions in the UK.
• Moscow Conservatoire degree in piano teaching & playing
• MA in Music (Piano Performance Studies), City University
• EPTA, ISSTIP, MU
She motivates all levels of learners and makes her students think 'outside the box' in order to become well-rounded and musically intellectual students. For me personally, my piano lessons with Marina take me back to Music College and place me in the driving seat of my own learning – and I love that!
Within a year, my technique was greatly improved due to techniques that Ms. Petrov taught me, allowing me to advance to a higher level. She also taught me that merely playing the notes was not the same as playing well. This may seem intuitive, but it is something that not many teachers focus on.
When I have a problem concerning my piano playing, instead of just telling me off, she would explain what I am doing wrong. Then, she not only suggests a solution that might work, but also explains why it is correct. A particular example of a problem that I came across frequently due to my posture was what Mrs. Petrov calls â€œsausage thumbs.”
Her innate and complete understanding of the instrument and of the anatomy of playing is remarkable. How anyone can deduce (by overhearing a warm up scale from the kitchen next to the studio practice room where she is making coffee), that there is slight tension in the fourth finger of the left hand is beyond me.
If you have a problem doing something particular in a piece, Mrs Petrov will help you to work out why you struggle with it and help to resolve it.
It's fun and interesting to learn about completely different genres of music and how piano techniques differ from each of these genres. Even though I learn loads in my piano lessons, they are not laborious; the lessons are fun and enjoyable, and we do laugh quite a bit about a number of things.
Mrs. Petrov's advice not only applies specifically to piano or music, but can also affect academic studies and overall wellbeing in life. Studying with Mrs. Petrov-Stoykovich brings a very profound insight into the music and although the work is challenging, it becomes very rewarding to perform at her annual student recitals.
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