Learn piano, pipe organ or professional development with an internationally renowned soloist, dedicated pedagogue and experienced adjudicator- in your own home (St George, Sutherland Shire areas) or in studio (Lugarno/Mortdale). European and Russian School trained, I hold Bachelor’s and Master’s performance degrees from elite European and Australian conservatories. I maintain an artistic practice as an internationally renowned concert pianist and performance practice specialist, performing some of the world’s most difficult repertoire. To see my artistic CV please visit www.mariawelna.com
Described as a “consummate professional”, I believe in teaching for excellence but in a creative manner which develops learning with understanding (and not just rote learning). If you’d like to learn with me in 2019, the best way to initially get in touch is through email or text (we respond promptly). Please include information such as your location and previous piano background/level. If you are out of my area, I also teach at the Conservatorium Open Academy (CBD) during term time.
I have a current WWCC and am experienced with teaching both children and adults. I’ve also had excellent results teaching students presenting with performance anxiety. My curriculum (whether for exams or own betterment) is based on excellent performance practice standards. It develops quality skills, creativity, effective practice strategies and a growing sense of independent learning and learning with understanding (where relevant). This ensures superior student achievements not only for all forms of external assessment but as a skill which will be retained for life in a healthy manner.
My musical pedigree can be traced to world-renowned music conservatories, and a long list of distinguished concert artists/professors from Europe and the U.S.A Furthermore, as a performance practice specialist, I myself specialise in the golden age of pianism and its concert-virtuoso tradition.
I hold Bachelor and Master’s degrees in performance from the K. Szymanowski Music Academy in Katowice (the alma mater of Krystian Zimerman) and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. I also have teaching qualifications (for teaching instrumental music in primary and secondary music schools), wide education experience and pedagogical knowledge. I’ve taught advanced piano in selective music schools for gifted children in Europe, maintained a piano studio in Australia, taught voice and acted as a music director/répétiteur for many years, completed a postgraduate ‘Principles of Studio Pedagogy’ unit at the Sydney Conservatorium and have experience as a piano adjudicator/examiner within NSW and ACT (at all levels i.e. from P Plate piano to 8th grade AMEB as well as Certificate of Performance). I have taught piano at the Conservatorium Open Academy, am a member of the Accompanists’ Guild of NSW and have maintained membership of the Music Teachers’ Association of NSW for some years.
My more than ten years of instrumental pedagogy experience (all as a tertiary degree qualified performer and teacher), professional industry experience and strong performance background ensures that I teach students excellent performance skills in an organised, reliable and enthusiastic manner. A professional of the younger generation, I relate well to all age groups. I already have 16 years of performance experience as a concert pianist and chamber musician at elite levels, and almost 26 years experience with music/performance. I’m experienced with exam syllabuses such as AMEB, ABRSM, Trinity College London. I have given guest lectures at the tertiary level and lecture/recitals within my fields of expertise. I am familiar with the classroom music curriculum (particularly HSC Music 2/Extension and its performance component). During my own high school years in Australia, I was a scholarship music student at a selective music school (for piano, voice, violin, pipe organ, composition) contributing to school life through many selective ensemble, solo performance and accompaniment commitments.
I am committed to musical excellence and believe in truly helping each student attain his/her full potential in a creative way, whether this results in exam preparation, competitions or simply appreciating the joy that learning music brings. My teaching philosophy focuses on an individual approach to each student, fostering musicality, a love of repertoire and interpretive insight through every step of the learning process. As a performance specialist I develop performance skills by helping students become more confident performers (whether this means overcoming performance anxiety or finding their own unique voice). I also offer one-on-one piano professional development for musicians, piano, voice and instrumental teachers.