- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
In addition, my students have learned to play their favorite songs, sing and play or improvise for special occasions or recreation. In our first lesson, we'll discuss your private goals and develop a plan for their realization. Within the first few weeks, we'll work on specific skills and techniques in order to achieve your goal. From the beginning, you will have a chance to practice your skills and work on music that inspires you on a grand piano. If desired, you'll have an opportunity to play your music at an annual recital or other performance opportunities.
My selection of materials depends on your skill level and personal goals. For beginners, I will often use Faber Piano Adventures, Alfred Piano, and the RCM Piano series. The RCM Piano series also caters to intermediate and advanced students. We can also develop a custom set of materials if your goal is to play songs and chord progressions, or if your focus is elsewhere.
I have worked with students of all ages and abilities, from absolute beginners to advanced students, young children to senior citizens. I am very interested in working with students of all backgrounds and experience levels, from those that want to be professional pianists and piano heroes, to those who just want to have fun and play their favorite tunes for friends and loved ones.
- Teaches students:
- Ages 4+
- Teaching since:
- January 2008
Ania is a composer, performer and music educator currently based in San Diego. Ania has been teaching private lessons in piano performance, ear training, music theory and composition since 2008. She has helped students accomplish their musical goals including succeeding in The Royal Conservatory and Trinity College in London exams, and successfully passing entrance exams to renowned music colleges in Europe and USA, as well as succeeding in their academic pursuits.
Ania received her Doctorate in Music Composition in June 2016 from the University of Washington in Seattle. During her academic education she received training in conducting, music theory and piano performance. Between 2011 and 2016, Ania taught ear training, music theory and music appreciation at the University of Washington, and also served as a piano accompanist for both undergraduate and graduate classical and jazz voice performance classes. As a pianist and composer, she has worked with the UW Modern Ensemble, Inverted Space and the Seattle Modern Orchestra.
Between 2014 and 2016, Ania taught piano, music theory and voice at private schools of music in Seattle and Bellevue, both in Washington. Since August 2016, Ania has served as the Music Director at Santee UMC, leading a choir and small voice ensembles while continuing to teach private voice, piano, and music classes in the San Diego area. As an expert in her field, Ania looks forward to help new students achieve their musical goals.
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Ania is fabulous. Very skilled and patient teacher!
I know Ania's teaching from the time we worked together at music schools in Seattle, and I've gotten to see the passion and high level of musicianship that she brings to her lessons. Ania pushes her students towards clear and attainable goals with steady encouragement, and I saw the results in the rapid progress of her students, who loved playing their instrument and were visibly excited by the gains they were making. I highly recommend her as a teacher!+ Read More
I have been taking the piano lessons with Ania for a couple of lessons. She helped me realize my life-long dream of playing classical piano music. She is a very talented and astounding instructor with a super solid theoretical background. During the lesson with her, the music goes way beyond just playing the right note with correct tempo. She shows me those exquisite parts hidden behind the sheet music. The piano music starts to become dynamic, alive and captivating. I highly recommend her to anyone.+ Read More
I have been taking the piano lesson with Ania for a couple of lessons. She helped me realize my life-long dream of playing classical piano music. She is a very talented and astounding instructor with a super solid theoretical background. During the lesson with her, the music goes way beyond just playing the right note with correct tempo. She shows me those exquisite parts hidden behind the sheet music. The piano music starts to become dynamic, alive and captivating. I highly recommend her to anyone.+ Read More
Although I had had voice instruction in the past, my skills and technique were not well-developed. Difficulty finding a voice coach resulted in a lengthy break in coaching and confidence in my singing ability was very shaken. Enter Ania in August 2016. Her first challenge with me was to get me "out of my head" and getting me to relax! She continues to work with me on basic breathing and placement techniques, recognizing and following rhythmic patterns, dynamics, pronunciation ( a BIG challenge for me!). She is very adept at scaffolding and structuring exercises designed to address specific weaknesses in your singing. She readily shares her love of music with calm confidence and expertise. I
most certainly recommend her to anyone, regardless of skill level or background, who is interested in pursuing their interest in singing and/or understanding music!
Ania is a dedicated teacher, who is very invested in the growth & development of her students. Her mastery of music theory is exceptional and she is highly skilled at distilling and explaining important concepts. I highly recommend her!
I worked with Ania when she was a teaching assistant at the University of Washington. She always approached her students with great patience and cared about their progress. With her diverse background in piano performance, music theory, and composition, she always managed to keep her students engaged and encouraged them to try new things.+ Read More
Ania is a great teacher. Ever since I started learning music theory from her I could see an incredible increase in growth on my knowledge. It was great having her as a teacher!
Ania is a great teacher who pays attention to details and take lot of efforts to make proper different arrangements according to my kid’s progress. As my son mentioned, Ania made piano lesson lots of fun!
Anita is an amazing piano player and teacher. Had a wonderful time working with her!
I began working with Ania Stachurska in August of 2016, when she was hired on as my Choral Director and Voice Coach. I've spent nearly 30 years working with some of the top directors and instructors in the country, and I consider Ania to be one of them. She has an impeccable ear and directs/teaches with a grace and confidence that is unparalleled.
Ania has also spent countless hours teaching my two teenage sons music theory, how to run/operate music equipment and sound boards, and has helped them to fine tune their ears. Under her tutelage, they have experienced exponential growth.
Whether you're a novice or an expert musician, I highly recommend Ania Stachurska.
Ania and I both attended the University of Washington together and I saw her music theory teaching firsthand. She is a very thorough instructor, making sure to explain each idea and concept thoroughly to ensure her student's understanding. The examples she uses are relevant and are backed up with works in the cannon and ear training. She is well-versed in theory from Renaissance harmony to 20th century spectralism and beyond.
At the same time, she knows just how much to push her students. She encourages them to experiment, try different things, and to challenge themselves musically. I am in high regard for her as an instructor and would recommend her to anyone seeking to begin their music theory journey to those looking to brush up their chops for an AP exam or editing and feedback for university level theory.