Teachers

"... talented teachers
make students love music..."

—A. Artobolevskaya

Our piano teachers are willing to share their joy and appreciation of the great musical works with students.

Katrin Arefy

Katrin ArefyKatrin Arefy is the artistic director and head teacher at Golden Key Piano School in Berkeley, California. She received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the Gnessin School of Music in Moscow. Katrin also holds a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts in Painting from Azad University in Tehran.

Katrin is the author of A Thousand Stories for a Little Pianist and the series My First Piano Book. She has translated Anna Artobolevskaya's First Meet with the Music and Heinrich Neuhaus' The Art of Piano Playing from Russian to Farsi. She has lectured on the Russian method and specifically Artobolevskya's method abroad and at various universities in the US including the University of Oregon and Ohio University School of Music. Most recently Katrin delivered a well-received presentation at the Music Teachers Association Of California Conference in San Diego.

Her very first students are now professional pianists having graduated from leading music universities in Austria and Armenia.

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Hansol Kang

Hansol KangHansol Kang is a very inspiring teacher and an acclaimed pianist, two qualities which rarely come together at once.

While working on his master's degree under Professor Gregory Allen at UT at Austin, Hansol taught as a piano instructor for the undergraduate and early age students in the piano pedagogy program.

Hansol received a doctoral degree in piano performance at University of Texas at Austin, where he was chosen as the best lecture recital presenter by unanimous nomination of the committee in his graduation lecture. 

He was a 2nd prize winner in the Los Angeles International Piano Competition and named 'A superb concert pianist,' by Pianist John Perry. 

Previously, he received his Bachelor at Chung-Ang University in Korea with Summa Cum Laude in the college of music. Hansol has recently started his performance studies  diploma  (Post-graduate program) in San Francisco Conservatory of Music, been teaching his own private studio, and performed various recitals in bay area.

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Maryna Resnick

Maryna ResnickMaryna received her degree in music, with high honors, from the Kremenchug Music Academy. She then received a degree in Music and Conducting from the Dniepropetrovsk Culture College, and a bachelor's degree in Performance Management from the Kharkov Culture University. She taught music to young children in Ukraine for ten years, and has been teaching piano in the Bay Area since September of 2008.

Maryna has years of experience teaching children, specifically with our school's method of teaching. Her adult students admire her, and her students of all ages receive an extremely high level of music education.

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Nicole Chun

Nicole ChunShe was accepted to Juilliard pre-college where she studied piano with Jane Carlson. While studying with Carlson, she performed numerous times at Juilliard school, Carnegie Weill hall every year, and toured Italy with Carlson. She received a bachelor's degree in piano performance from Oberlin Conservatory where she studied with Peter Takacs while earning Dean's Award scholarship throughout the entire school years.

Since graduating from Oberlin, she has been focusing in teaching students, and has been fully enjoying her teaching experience and see the students improve. Nicole has more than ten years of teaching experience.

Nicole's gentle approach, combined with her patience and years of experience makes her a desirable teacher, especially for younger students.

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Gabriel Daniels

Gabriel DanielsSome people are born to be teachers. With his loving and caring manner, his excellent ability to convey musical concepts to students and his skill of capturing a student's attention for the whole lesson, Gabriel Daniels is definitely one of those people.

Gabriel holds a bachelor's degree in music from Rutgers University in New Jersey. After college, he relocated to the Bay Area and has spent the past three years teaching piano to students of all ages. Gabriel also works as an accompanist for ballet and modern dance classes at dance schools around the Bay Area.

We are pleased to have Gabriel on our team of teachers starting in the fall of 2015.

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Gillian Chen

Gabriel DanielsGillian holds two Bachelor degrees (Music and Education) from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and was granted a Quebec teaching license upon graduation. She received multiple scholarships and awards for her achievements in the music education program, and in her last year, received recognition for her outstanding achievement in music education.

During her years at McGill University, she studied the Kodaly, Dalcroze and Orff music education methods, and taught in multiple settings for students of all backgrounds and ages, ranging from general music classes for students ages 3 - 12, to piano classes for grades 10 -12 in a public school setting. After college, she moved to Oakland and currently teaches piano and violin lessons around the Bay Area.

As a teacher, she encourages students to be inquisitive and active learners, while supporting students to do their best through constructive feedback. In addition to technical skills and artistic expression, she believes that teaching music involves reinforcing essential life skills, such as diligence, perseverance, patience, as well as nurturing a lifelong appreciation of music.

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Jennifer Lependorf

Jennifer LependorfJen received her Bachelor's degree in music from the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she studied piano performance, music theory, and composition.

As an undergraduate, she taught musicianship and theory to other music students and received several scholarships for her talent in piano performance. Jen has studied the piano since childhood and also works as an accompanist for choirs around the Bay Area. She was trained in the Russian method of teaching at Golden Key Piano School and has been successfully teaching students since starting here in 2014.

Jennifer's creative and gentle approach makes her a very successful teacher for younger students. So far, two of her adult students have said that she has been the best piano teacher that they have ever had!

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Ketevan Dzneladze

Ketevan DzneladzeKetevan studied music theory and piano at the Zakaria Paliashvili Batumi State Musical Institution in Georgia. She went on to teach all skill levels at Kobuleti school in Georgia where she was nominated Teacher of the Year multiple times. Afetr moving to Cyprus she started teaching at Duet Art Academy where she had prepared numerous students for the Royal Academy Examination. Ketevan has experience performing in a trio as well as over 30 years teaching private piano lessons. She has been a valued teacher at Golden Key Piano School since 2013.

Ketevan is the perfect piano teacher for preteens and teenagers who have already had a few years of piano practice and are ready for hard work and greater results.

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Linda Smith

Linda SmithLinda Smith completed her Bachelors degree at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, majoring in piano performance and pedagogy. She has over 10 years experience teaching piano and theory to students ranging from beginner to advance level.

Originally hailing from Brisbane, Australia, Linda is a piano teacher who specializes in nurturing the love of music in her students so that they can realize their full potential.

Linda considers her students' enjoyment and passion for playing the highest priority in their studies. She gets remarkable results with her patient, gentle nature, and her understanding of how to motivate and challenge her students to achieve their personal bests.

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