Alina Uddin

Alina U.

Houston, TX

About Alina U.

Alina teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: September 1997
Last sign in: Last week


Ask me: What is the music in my life? And I'll tell you - Music is everything! Having captured my heart since childhood, music still captivates me in its endless vistas. In my childhood I had a small model of a real piano and used to insert the sheets on the music stand and setting the dolls in front as an audience imagined myself giving concerts. Musical art was for me not just a fad - the music became my profession. Piano is amazing and is the perfect tool with which you can create a variety of images and indulge in any mood - with it you can share sadness and joy, talk about anything. I would be happy to introduce you to the multifaceted and vast expanses of the art of playing the piano.
Alina U an accomplished Ukrainian born pianist, teacher, chamber performer and accompanist. She has appeared on different performing venues in Ukraine, Egypt, Spain, Morocco and US.
Alina’s desire to become an artist came at an early age. She performed songs and poetry at all family events, but her dream was to learn how to play the piano. She had a small model of a real piano and she used to insert the sheets on the music stand and setting the dolls in front as an audience imagined herself giving concerts.

She began her piano studies at the age of 7 at the Children Musical School No.1 in Sumy, Ukraine and gave her first solo recital ‘’Evening of Waltzes’’ at the age of 11. Alina continued her education with D. Bortnianskiy High School of Arts and Culture, Sumy, Ukraine, were she got an Associate degree in Music Art. Through education in National P.I. Tchaikovsky National Music Academy of Ukraine in the class of distinguished pianist Lyudmila Martcevich. Ms. U. was performing at National Philharmonic of Ukraine, National P.I. Tchaikovsky Music Academy of Ukraine, Kiev’s House of Teachers and National Museum of Literature in Ukraine and many others. While studying in Ukraine Ms. U. was participating in numerous regional and national competitions and festivals.

Throughout her studies, Alina had the opportunity of working with a number of distinguished piano teachers such as Valentina Skoromnaya, Nelli Ldova, Aleksandr Ldov, Lyudmila Martcevich, Nancy Weems, Timothy Hester, and Brian Suit. Ms. U. also participated in master classes with Michail Stepanenko, Alla Zadirackaya, Iya Pavlova, Cristina Capparelli Gerling and others prominent musicians.
Ms. U. holds a Master’s degree in Applied Piano Performance from Moores School of Music, University of Houston. From Tchaikovsky National Music Academy of Ukraine she holds a second Master’s degree, major in Piano Performance and minor in Piano Pedagogy, Chamber Ensemble, and Accompaniment.

Ms. U. has taught for over 17 years. Her pedagogical experience includes teaching the students of all ages and all skill levels, from five years old to adult, from beginner to advance players. Beside her pedagogical carrier in US as well in her native Ukraine, Alina also taught the piano in Egypt and Morocco. Her passion to provide the best knowledge to each student’s needs and abilities. This allows her to tailor each lesson accordingly to each student. Her goal is to enrich the lives of children and others by providing the understanding of music, fostering the enjoyment and inspiring musical imagination.
Ms. U. currently is a member of faculty in International Music Academy and St. Andrew School of Art.

The teaching methods focus on nurturing and developing the talents and musical abilities of each student by providing a well-rounded musical education. It incorporates principles and techniques of the Russian classical piano school, and includes repertoire from different styles of music, such as jazz, pop, folk, etc. Classically trained students develop the highest level of skill and ability on their instrument, and acquire a superior knowledge of music in general. An essential element of teaching is to develop a comprehensive knowledge of musical content, such as note reading, rhythm, harmony, structural analysis and many other aspects of music and its components. More comprehensive instruction in music theory and ear-training, already integrated into piano lessons, is offered in separate classes as well.

*** Practice guidance and expectations***

- Lesson’s regular attendance is very important to ensure student success.

- In order to progress satisfactorily, daily quality practice is necessary and required. Students should practice each day for the length of their lesson.

-Detailed assignments for each piece will be written weekly in student’s notebook. To help your child develop self-discipline and good practice habits, schedule a regular time for practice each day. The practice session can be done all at once or divided into two or more sessions. Younger children especially need help with their practicing.

-The practice environment should be treated as a studying place free from interruptions (family, friends, TV, phone, tablet, computer, etc.). Parents support and cooperation is a must for a child's musical growth.

*** Parental Responsibilities***

- Encourage progress! Many small steps throughout the year yield great results. Important note: Sometime during the course of taking piano lessons, your child may say something like, “I don’t want to practice,” or “I’m too tired to go to piano lessons,” or “I don’t want to go- I want to play with my friends,” “I want to quit,” etc. Just be aware that your child’s interest will probably not be consistent; but to be successful, you will need to be consistent in your encouragement and commitment to music instruction. In most cases, simply acknowledge your child’s comments, but then go on with your normal routine just as you would if you heard the comment, “I don’t want to brush my teeth,” “I don’t want to stop playing with my toys,” or “I don’t want to go to bed.”

- Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend lessons at any time, but SHOULD NOT interfere in the process of the lesson no matter how well intended it may be.

- Please don’t hesitate to communicate with the teacher any questions or concerns you may have about your child’s progress. Communication with parents is vital to a child’s progress. Please feel free to chat with your instructor during the lesson time. Your instructor will generally allot a few minutes at the beginning of each lesson to communicate with the Parent. We ask that you please keep in mind that we are not available beyond your scheduled time, so as not to impede on the lesson time of the next student. If you would like to discuss anything beyond, please feel free to email your teacher, or call and leave a message.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Brand new Kawai 5' 5" EG 30 baby grand piano.

Photos and Videos

Alina Uddin plays Chopin Waltz A Minor posthumous. Recording from the recital, September 2011, Sumy Region Philharmonic Hall, Sumy, Ukraine


Director/Piano teacher

Jun 2014 - Present
Tune In Music Academy

Private piano lessons and consultations to children, adults, music lovers and piano players of all ages and skill levels, providing custom-tailored curriculum to meet each individual student’s musical goals.
Lessons can be conducted at the studio of Tune In Music Academy as well through Skype.

Piano teacher

Sep 2013 - Present
St. Andrews School of Fine Arts

Individual piano lessons with students Ages 5- 14

Piano teacher

Apr 2013 - Present
International Music Academy

Individual piano lessons with students Ages 5 and above

Graduate teaching assistant and tutor.

Jan 2013 - Jun 2014
Moores School of Music at University of Houston, Texas

Provide group piano lessons for beginners undergraduate students non-major music.

Piano teacher

Jan 2010 - May 2012
Private piano teacher, Houston, TX

Taught students Ages 5 and above

Piano teacher

Sep 2007 - Nov 2009
Le Conservatoire d’Art at de Musique, Tangier, Morocco

Conducting one-on-one piano and Group Piano classes

Piano teacher

Sep 2005 - May 2007
Private piano teacher, Kiev, Ukraine

Giving lessons to the students age 5 - 65

Piano teacher

Aug 2003 - Aug 2005
Private piano teacher, Cairo, Egypt

Providing piano lessons to the kids age 5 - 16

Teaching assistant

Aug 2001 - May 2003
National P.I. Tchaikovsky Music Academy, Kiev, Ukraine

Tutoring piano students from children studio age 7 - 14

Teaching assistant

Sep 1997 - Jun 2000
Bortnyanskiy School of art and music

Tutoring piano students from children studio ages 6 - 14 year

Piano teacher

Sep 1997 - Jun 1999
Musical school No.1 Sumy, Ukraine

Teaching kids from age 6 - 14


Master's degree in Applied Piano Performance

Aug 2012 - May 2014
Moores School of Music, University of Houston, TX

Master's in Piano Performance

Sep 2004 - Jun 2006
National Music Academy of Ukraine, Kiev, Ukraine

Bachelor in Piano Performance

Sep 2000 - Jul 2004
National P.I. Tchaikovsky Music Academy of Ukraine.

Associate degree in Music

Sep 1996 - Jun 2000
Bortniansky High School of Arts and Culture, Sumy, Ukraine

Languages Spoken

English, Russian, Ukrainian

Fluent / Native Proficiency



Mar 2000
Slobojanshina Young Artist

Best Performance of Ukrainian composer

Apr 1996
Sumy piano competition


Music Teachers National Association

Aug 2014

The MTNA was founded in 1876 with the goal of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.

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3 Reviews on Alina U.

Halina Sep 2, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
William Garodnick Aug 25, 2016
Classical Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Alina is a wonderful pianist and teacher. She is very inspiring and clear in her instruction. She has a deep understanding of how to interpret music, a real artist.
Very grateful to have found her.
Malia T. Dec 18, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Alina is on point and she knows how to work with young children. The foundational skills are so important and Alina is wonderful in keeping my daughter engaged.
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