"Music gives wings to the mind and flight to the imagination"
I was a student of Marina's for over 4 years, starting in 1998. During that time she has taught me so many valuable skills that allowed me to play very well technically, but also with expression. And, most importantly, she taught me how to be independent in my playing and how to practice properly so that I could play any piece of any difficulty level on my own. With Marina I successfully went up to grade 9 level of the Royal Conservatory of Music exams, which, not only helped me recieve an extra credit in high school, but also allowed me to later take the next step and diversify into other styles of music, including Jazz and Rock. I have now been a member of a Progressive Rock band "Half Past Four" for 12 years. With my band I performed numerous concerts in North America, released 2 albums, and received over 70 reviews in magazines and websites from around the world, most of them commending me on my abilities as a keyboard/piano player. This wouldn't have happened without Marina's effort and lots of patience and dedication to my learning. - Igor Kurtzman
"Marina is a gifted and highly qualified piano teacher. She has profound knowledge of piano playing. As a result of her teaching, I have started to enjoy music. I have developed ability to play classic and pop music within 2 short month of working with her. Not only does she teach how to play, but also to feel, and most importantly 'colour' of the music. I look forward to continuing my piano with her."
- Noriko T
"I have been taking piano lessons from Marina since the summer of 2013. My experience has been very positive. I have found Marina to be a caring teacher in tune with the needs of her students. She has great formal education both in theory and techniques. She notices a lot of fine details that other teachers sometimes miss. Marina communicates very well even though English is not her first language. Also Marina is very flexible in her approach, willing to adjust her schedule to suit my schedule and needs."
- Tony R
"Marina has been giving our seven year old son piano lessons for almost a year. She is professional and firm, but still encouraging. Instruction covers both playing, technique and music theory. From the very beginning she has emphasized dynamics and the nuances of the particular song. We are very pleased at how well our son has responded to Marina, and would recommend her to others."
- Alex & Hanna
"My daughter, Jennifer, has been learning piano with Marina for just over 4 months now. Her piano playing skills have improved drastically in this short period. It’s amazing to think that just 4 months ago, she had not touched the instrument. Marina teaches in a very profound and vigilant way that grasps the student’s full attention to want to learn more and more. She is meticulous in focusing on every detail throughout all of her sessions, making sure that the student is keeping up with the learning pace and isn’t falling behind. Piano sessions with Marina are always great fun for my daughter and I never regret taking her."
- Ludmila U
"Marina is a very gifted and highly qualified piano teacher. I've been taking lessons from her for four months now, and throughout those four months I can see that I have improved significantly. The best thing about Marina is that she makes you want to learn more and try harder. I look forward to continuing my piano lessons with her."
- Jenny U
"Marina is an excellent piano teacher and is very passionate about her work. She has a high degree of compassion, flexibility, and humor. One of my favorite things about her is that she will push you to do your utmost best with every piece, paying attention not only to technical detail but also to the emotion and story that every piece should express. Technique without emotions is merely technique. She is kind and patient. She never lets me get away with shortcuts or mistakes, but I am grateful for that. I respect her as a teacher and love her as my dear Mom. I am very glad that I have the privilege to be a student of my Mom, and appreciate her giving me the opportunity to learn and understand classical music! I would recommend her to anyone looking for a solid and enjoyable music education."
- Marie S
"Marina is a very capable piano teacher. She had been teaching my 2 children for 3 years now. She approaches the lessons with a high standard of discipline and attention to detail. She is very patient with my children and has helped them achieve the basics of piano theory. She focuses not only on playing the song but playing the music with depth and tone. Thanks to Marina my children will run to the piano to practice their pieces so that she will be pleased with their progress. We highly recommend Marina and we know that the money we pay for the lessons is well spent."
- Sara H
"My daughter has been taking piano lessons with Marina for three years and absolutely loves it. With no previous experience or exposure to any musical instrument training, Marina has awoken in my daughter a really love of piano. I do not play piano myself, but it is clear to me that Marina is not only doing an excellent job of teaching my daughter the technical side, but also the finesse or graceful side of playing piano. I highly recommend Marina. I am so thankful we found her."
"Practicing with Marina has been such a delightful experience for me. I played piano from the age of 10-17 years old and then I took a very long break. About a year ago I’ve decided to start playing again and was looking for a piano teacher in Vancouver. I found Marina on google after visiting her website I felt she would be the right match for my piano needs. I’ve had several piano teachers throughout my piano learning years and Marina is by far the best one. She has so much knowledge and experience, is very patient and understanding, and most of all she helped me to progress on pieces I’ve felt stuck on. My experience with Marina has been great and I highly recommend her to kids and adults alike. When my kids are old enough they will definitely be taking lessons with Marina."
"Marina has been teaching my two boys, ages 11 and 8, piano for 5 years now and they love it! Not only is Marina a great teacher and the boys are excelling in their music education but they are also really enjoying the lessons and learning with Marina. She’s passionate about teaching piano and it shows in her work with my kids. I highly recommend Marina from Piano Music Lessons Vancouver, to anyone who’s looking for a great piano teacher."
- Odeyah H
"I highly recommend Marina to anyone looking for a great piano teacher in the Vancouver area."