Olga Simonova
Reston VA, 20194
Instruments: Piano, Theory
Styles: Classical
Levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Experience: 20 years
Rate: $0 / hr
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I am a classically trained piano teacher, with over 15 years of experience teaching students privately and in DC area schools, having learned from one of the best conservatories in Russia. I am open to adjusting my teaching style and find a specific approach that best benefits my student. I teach different styles of music from classical & jazz to popular.

Currently accepting students of different backgrounds, levels, and ages at my studio in Reston, VA
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Experienced working with students of different backgrounds and levels. Able to adjust teaching style and find a specific approach that best benefits a student. Interested and motivated in teaching and performing different styles of music from classical & jazz to popular

Teaching Experience ▪ September 2005-present. As a private piano instructor at Montessori School of Great Falls, VA
St. Mark’s Piano studio in Washington DC
International School of Music in Bethesda, MD

January 2003–present. As a Private Piano Instructor in the Northern Virginia area, obtained a variety of experiences working with students of different ages, backgrounds, levels of skill and abilities. Directed semi-annual student recitals.
 1991–1999. Worked as a Teacher at the Piano Department of Arzamas Musical College (Russia). Taught courses on Solo Piano Performance, Piano Ensemble, Chamber Ensemble, Practice Teaching, Concert Master, and History of Piano Art to piano majors and minors, working with students 15-21 years old. Numerous performances in collegiate concerts as a solo pianist and with various instruments and voice.

Education Shenandoah University, Winchester, VA Jan-May, 2002
 Admitted to Doctoral program in Piano Performance.
 Approved as a teaching assistant

Gorky State Conservatory, Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia 1986 - 1991
 Concentration in Piano Performance and Instruction
 Received degrees equivalent to the US bachelor’s and master’s degrees
 Qualified to teach Piano
 Qualified as a Chamber Ensemble performer
 Qualified as a Concert Master
 Student of Dr. Olga Lebedeva

Arzamas Musical College, Arzamas, Russia 1982-1986 (piano)
 Concentration in Piano Performance and Instruction
 Received the US equivalent of a High School diploma and Associate Degree
 Qualified to teach piano
 Qualified as a Chamber Ensemble performer
 Qualified as a Concert Master

Papers “History of Piano Art”, a course for Arzamas Musical College. This paper analyses various musical styles with emphasis on performance. This course was approved by the Nizhniy Novgorod State Conservatory and used as the basis for a course of the same name. The course raised students’ professional level of understanding the issues involved in piano performance of particular styles, composers, and pieces

Performances▪ 1977-1999. Frequent performances in Arzamas Musical College as well as in the Arzamas Region with solo, ensemble, and chamber music.
 April 2, 2000. Solo Recital, First Baptist Church of Clarendon Chapel, Arlington VA.
 April, 2005. Piano accompanist, arranger and composer for the theater at Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA, Manassas, VA). Productions included The Lone Ranger, Fibber McGee and Molly and The Shadow.

References ▪ Elvira Petry, Dean
Arzamas Musical College
Uritzky 15
Nizhniy Novgorod Region
Arzamas 607220

 Neil Weston, Director of Music
St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church
1020 Springvale Road
Great Falls, VA 22066
Phone: (703) 798 1298

 Elizabeth A. Temple, Professor of Piano
Shenandoah University
1460 University Drive
Winchester, Virginia 22601

 Elizabeth Venhoutte President
13193 Mountain roads
Lovettsville, VA 20180
(540) 822-5409 (Home)
(301) 704-6894 (Cell)



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