Anna Kucia

Anna K.

Muncie, IN

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

Graduate assistant teaching private lessons and group masterclasses

Aug 2015 - Present
Ball State University

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

Doctor of Music Degree French Horn Performance and Music Theory

Aug 2015 - Present
Ball State University

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

Golden Key International Honor Society

May 2015
GoldenKey

Golden Key is the world's largest collegiate honor society. Membership into the Society is by invitation only and applies to the top 15% of college and university sophomores, juniors and seniors, as well as top-performing graduate students in all fields of study, based solely on their academic achievements. As an international honor society with more than 400 chapters at colleges and universities around the world, Golden Key is committed to a high standard of scholastic achievement, and an ethos of integrity, innovation, respect, collaboration and diversity

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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37 Reviews on Anna K.

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Christian Nov 24, 2015
French Horn · Online
Verified Student
Ania is the best, and I'm so pleased with how the online lessons were handled. She definitely knows what she's doing, and has the patience and kindness to help students of all ages. We look forward to setting up more lessons after the new year. Thank you so much, Ania!
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Katie Knight Nov 3, 2015
French Horn · Online
Verified Student
Ania is an amazing teacher. My son was regretting the decision to play the horn after being on trumpet for a year and a half, but after only 2 lessons with Ania, his confidence has increased dramatically, and he actually enjoys practicing. She's patient, kind and attentive. We're so glad to have found her!
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Brian C. Oct 9, 2015
French Horn · Online
Verified Student
Anna is very patient and is quick to praise accomplishments. I would definitely recommend her to all aspiring French Horn students.
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Purabi B. Sep 1, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Anna was a wonderful teacher. She was patient and took on the challenge of teaching a 2 year old. She used innovative methods to engage my daughter and at the end of 8 months my daughter could recognize notes, play a few tunes. We will miss her as we move.
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Darlene M. Jul 26, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Anna has helped me more confident in piano playing. She has helped me learn the notes better than my former piano teacher.
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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.