Marina Lynn, Piano Educator
Marina teaches at Bananas at Large in Santa Rosa on Wednesdays and Saturdays and would love to start teaching you! If you’d like to get started with Marina, she is offering a “Buy 3 Get the 4th FREE” Promotion*.
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How did you get started in music?
“I was born in Russia where music education for kids was a high priority. My parents were also very musical: my father took violin lessons when he was little, and my mother loved to sing. From a very young age, I remember my family went to the concerts of classical music. My older brother was taking violin lessons, and naturally I started my piano classes. I was five years old then.”
What artist inspired you when you were first learning to play?
“I don't remember myself being inspired by any particular musician at such young age as five, I think I just loved to learn, loved to make sense of separate notes and also I enjoyed my lessons. Gradually though, I developed my own musical taste just by listening a lot of different music. Tchaikovsky became my favorite composer and still is among others.”
What is your favorite song to play right now?
“Borodin's "Polovetsian Dances" from "Prince Igor" arranged for two pianos is my favorite right now.”
What is your favorite genre to play?
“I like different music, and whatever I'm playing, I fall in love with. Playing is the process of learning and discovering. The more you discover and master, the more you start to love. I have to say though that i always loved to play ensembles and chamber music, and in last two years I joined the local club of 20 Fingers - Duo Piano players. It's fun to share your passion with somebody else!”
What made you decide to start teaching?
“It was a very natural decision to start teacher, as music pedagogy was one of the classes I took in college, and I always loved it. I discovered that when you are teaching, you are learning as well. My students help me to open new horizons of music.”
What projects or bands are you involved in currently?
“Here is something I'm currently working with: https://youtu.be/DftIZYnAGTc”
Do you have any fun tidbits or stories to share?
“I always was very nervous on my music exams. But for this particular one (years ago) I was so well prepared that my nerves didn't disturb me much until... I was ready to take my first chord and put my foot on the pedal when a cat with a horrible meow jumped out from under the grand piano. Everything was lost, together with my nerves and good grade!”
What is the best advice you can give to a beginning player who is just starting?
“Don't be afraid to make mistakes! You can't learn without them.”
What is the best advice you would give to an established player?
“There is always somebody who is playing better than you, or just differently. Be open to learn from them.”
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