Anna Kucia

Anna K.

32 Reviews
Chicago, IL

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About Anna K.

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Anna teaches: Ages 2 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: January 2005
Last sign in: Yesterday

Overview

Professional, active musician will share the joy of playing music with the students. You can count on having fun, effective lessons, and real results fast!

I was born in Cracow, Poland. From an early age I had a deep interest in all types of music. I was encouraged by my parents and quickly developed a talent. I began my musical education at the age of seven studying piano. I studied at The Frederic Chopin Academy of music in Warsaw, Poland and then at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University where I received a Bachelor of Music Degree in French Horn performance. Later I received a Master of Music in French Horn Performance and post Master Certificate, both from the DePaul University. I am an active freelancing musician in the Chicago area. (Chamber Opera of Chicago, Northbrook Symphony Orchestra, Oak Park and River forest Orchestra, Skokie Symphony, Lira Ensemble, Highland Park).
I have been teaching piano, music theory and French horn in the Chicago area for five years. I enjoy working with both children and adults.
To broaden my knowledge about teaching I completed courses: Studio Teaching as a Career, Teaching Excellence, and Brass concepts at DePaul University.

*** Lesson Details ***
Students will learn to play piano or horn in a pleasant atmosphere. Additionally they will learn elements of music theory so they can quickly start to play on their own. This will broaden their understanding of music and they will be able play pieces they like. I have method books and studies for any level of playing, but students are welcome to bring their own. I think anyone can learn to play and I can help to achieve this dream. I recommend the book by Daniel Coyle: The Talent Code. Greatness Isn't Born. It's Grown. Here's How.

*** Studio Equipment ***
DePaul University - regular pianos available rooms reserved
At Home Studio- Casio keyboard in living room, french horn,
seating for parents.
In case of horn students they would have to have their own mouthpiece and later on their own instrument. I have breathing equipment to help with playing as well.

*** Travel Equipment ***
My method of transportation would be CTA and walking :)

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in fun and effective teaching. I teach piano, french horn, music theory, ear training. Music is fun and this is how I teach.

Photos and Videos

Mrini, 5 years old and her 5th lesson!

Experience

piano, french horn teacher Jan 2012 - Present
takelessons.com

piano, french horn teacher Jan 2006 - Present
private teaching

piano teacher Sep 2013 - Feb 2014
Syro Malabar Cultural Academy

piano teacher Sep 2013 - Nov 2013
Schamburg Music. Marlena's Music Studio

Piano teacher Jun 2013 - Oct 2013
Upbeat School of Music

Education

Post-Master Artist Diploma in Music Performance Sep 2011 - Jun 2013
DePaul University
Master of Music Performance Sep 2009 - Jun 2011
DePaul University
Bachelor of Music Sep 2006 - May 2009
CCPA Roosevelt Univesity
Bachelor of Music Oct 2004 - Jun 2006
The Frederic Chopin Academy of Music, Poland

Languages Spoken

English Fluent / Native Proficiency
Polish Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Master of Music and post-Master Performance Certificate Jun 2013
DePaul Univesity

Teaching Excellence Course Jun 2012
DePaul University

Studio Teaching as a Career Course Jun 2012
SePaul University

Awards

DePaul Performance Scholarship Sep 2009
DePaul University
CCPA Roosevelt University Performance Scholarship Aug 2006
Chicago College of Performing Arts. Roosevelt University

Affiliations

International Horn Society May 2015
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Since 1970, The International Horn Society (IHS) has been an organization of people from around the world drawn together with a mutual interest in the horn. We are dedicated to the performance, teaching, composition, research, preservation, and promotion of the horn as a musical instrument.

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32 Reviews on Anna K.

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Pat Jun 29, 2015
Piano · In studio
Anna has been my teacher for close to a year now. I have played piano on and off for close to twenty years. She has a great depth of knowledge and can teach all levels of skill. She has definitely helped me in areas of difficulty, IE theory, rhythm, etc. I would recommend her to anyone.
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Radhini P. Jun 5, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Ania was just great! She arrived on-time and was very patient with my precocious daughter.
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Sherin S. Jun 5, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Anna is a great piano teacher & my children enjoy & look forward to their lessons with her.
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Graham W. May 26, 2015
French Horn · Online
Verified Student
Anna is a great teacher!! I learned a lot my very first lesson. I am looking forward to having more lessons and improving with my French horn.
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Kyle W. Apr 20, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Ania is a wonderful teacher. I've had a great learning experience with her. She is very friendly, funny, and super knowledgeable. She creates a strong learning environment and is very encouraging. I would definitely recommend her to anyone.
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Blake M. Feb 19, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Anna is a wonderful teacher who is not only passionate about piano but also towards her students as well. I played piano as a child for about six years then completely stopped. I forgot so much of the course of twenty years so I had no problems going back to the basics. Anna is a great teacher for helping you understand what you're playing and not just memorizing notes and keys. Like with anything you take up for the first time, you must have a drive and patience. Anna helps motivate you but at your own pace.
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Sam J. Feb 12, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
This was my first time ever learning the piano and I was very nervous going into the classes thinking I would never pick it up. Anna made learning classes very enjoyable by deconstructing the lessons to basics. She mixes the lessons with music theory and interesting facts which makes learning a lot more easier.
She is friendly, funny, has a lot of patience as a teacher, gives good feedback and some homework too. She was also accommodating to my changing schedule and would inform me well ahead of time if her schedule changed for any reason.

Overall, I had a great experience learning piano basics from Anna and I will continue lessons with her to further develop my piano skills.
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Hannah B. Dec 10, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
I am taking adult piano lessons; I used to play before, but it's been over a decade since I've played. Anna is a great teacher. She makes sure you have a good foundation before proceeding any further - she doesn't rush the process. Anna is also very funny, and learning with her has been a lot of fun. She mixes in music theory when necessary, to help guide your learning and to build your foundation. We have 1 hour lessons but it always feels like such a short time!

Anna is also great with scheduling - she is always on time and she is very responsive when I need to contact her. Do not hesitate to sign up with Anna. I read all of her reviews before signing up, and I was not disappointed.
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Joe B. Nov 3, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
I will second what Ravi wrote. My 5-yr old daughter had the same "first lesson" experience, and was excited to play twinkle twinkle for us when she got home.

The key to getting her hooked on piano is to make it fun, and Ania does just that.

Ania is flexible and professional, and her smile is infectious. I'm looking forward to seeing my daughter's talent develop under Ania's tutelage.
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Ravi S. Aug 28, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Anna has been a fantastic teacher for our 5 year old daughter. This was her first time learning to play a piano and Anna handled it with pure ease when she began the lesson with two funny monsters and finished it off with my daughter playing "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star". A well thought introduction like this was bound to be a winner with a girl that age and she was hooked. Anna has been very accommodating in customizing the lessons to fit our child's personality so that it is a right mix of structured learning while simultaneously learning to play melodies that are familiar to a child her age. Anna is very amiable and yet professional in all her dealings with the client. My daughter looks forward to each lesson which is the ultimate testimony to the success of her piano lessons. I sincerely recommend Anna for all your piano leaning needs.