Anna Petkova

Anna P.

South Bend, IN
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Lesson Details

Music Theory

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Experienced Piano and Music Theory teacher of 45 years available for eager students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation of Music Theory and adjacent disciplines like Harmony, Polyphony and Music Forms. I specialize in music pedagogy in all its facets so my students get a complete knowledge of the music basics, elements and forms and how they interact including the knowledge of music perception and cognition. My working experience in different countries and different cultures helps significantly in teaching a student to getting a broader perspective of music, its perception and how to express yourself in music language adequately.
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Anna teaches



Anna delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5 to 85 and special needs

Teaching since:
September 1972

I hold a Master's degree in Piano Pedagogy and Music Theory and History. I established my own teaching method that is based on European classical teaching tradition. I am familiar with most of the American piano teaching methods and use their achievements in my teaching widely.
Personally, I am kind but demanding. My students thrive fast and steady.


piano insructor
Aug 2013 - Present
Private piano studio, South Bend, IN

church pianist/organist/accompanist substitute
Jun 2000 - Present
St.Joseph county, IN

piano instructor
Sep 2006 - Jul 2013
University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame IN

piano insructor
Sep 1985 - Oct 1999
Private piano studio, Stara Zagora, Bulgaria

piano instructor, accompanist
Sep 1975 - Jun 1985
School of Arts, Moscow, Russia


Master's in Piano and Music Theory and History
Sep 1973 - Jul 1981
Leningrad State Conservatoire, Russia
Piano and Music Theory and History
Sep 1969 - Jul 1973
The Gnessins' State Music College, Moscow, Russia
Piano performance
Sep 1958 - Jun 1967
P. Tchaikovsky Music school, Moscow district, Russia


English, Russian, Bulgarian
Professional Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency


Master's Degree in Music: Piano and Music Theory and History
Jun 1981
Leningrad State Conservatoire, Russia


Music Teachers National Association
Sep 2016

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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South Bend Area Music Teachers Association
Sep 2016

The South Bend Area Music Teachers Association is an organization for teachers in all areas of music. Our Mission is to advance the value of music study and music making, to support the professionalism of area music teachers, to provide rewarding performance experiences for area music students, and to serve the regional community by providing a variety of musical programs.

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Alliance Francaise de Bonita Springs
Jan 2002

The mission of the Alliance Française is to promote the French language and francophone cultures and to foster exchanges between French speakers and local communities.

Photos & Videos

Piano Studio Recital on 06/09/2017 Ty playing
Piano Studio Recital on 06/09/2017 Ruthie and Maggie playing
Piano studio recital 2015

Photo by Anna P.

Piano recital 2016 Ruthie

Piano recital 2016 Joseph

Piano recital June 2016 at St. Paul's

Julia and her teacher enjoy making music together
Christmas Recital December 4, 2016
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14 Reviews

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Michael Jul 17, 2018
Piano · In studio

Awesome teacher, will really push you to be better!

Sally Oct 10, 2017
Piano · In studio

Our son began lessons in the spring and he has progressed rapidly under Anna's guidance. He looks forward to his lessons with her. She is very patient, but also challenges him. My husband and I are very pleased with her methods. We strongly recommend her.

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Natacha Rickenbacher Apr 29, 2017
Piano · In studio

My son Jean-David, who was then 10 years old, took lessons with Anna during six months (the duration of our stay in South Bend) and he had much pleasure to follow these lessons and practise the piano every day. Anna made him play various styles of music and she corrected him well. Even if Jean-David knew only a few words in English (we are Swiss and he was used to speak French), he could understand what she explained. Anna had expactations, but she was also encouraging and friendly. I recommend her warmly.

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Terri Apr 20, 2017
Piano · In studio

I'm learning a musical instrument for the first time ever, at the young age of 43! I love working with Anna, she has made this a wonderful experience for me. Very informative, learning to read music and positioning my hands correctly. I have been taking lessons with Anna for 3.5 months now, she gives me just enough push out of my comfort zone to expand my piano learning.

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Terri Apr 19, 2017
Piano · In studio

I am learning to play the piano for the first time ever, at the young age of 43! Anna makes learning a wonderful experience. I've only been going one time a week for about 3.5 months and I'm loving it. Anna is a very pleasant instructor. I would recommend her to anyone, have I said I'm loving learning!

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Kyle Feb 3, 2017
Piano · In studio

Anna was a great piano instructor. I had never had experience playing any instrument and I started lessons with her at the age of 23. She was encouraging, well-educated, and continued to push me out of my comfort zone. I saw good improvement in my playing ability. She was always willing to work with my unpredictable schedule which was very helpful. I would recommend Anna to anyone, at any level, looking to improve their piano performance.

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Ryan S. Nov 19, 2016
Piano · In studio

Ana has actively pursued finding a method of study for me that will progress me to new levels of understanding and playing. I have a non-traditional form of playing, and Ana has developed a sense for that and is steering my practice and lessons in a direction that will help me to capitalize on my strengths. She has also has kept a keen eye out for technique correction that are universal in their benefit. Recommended!

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John Oct 29, 2016

As an adult, I often dreamed of returning to the piano, having played for only a couple years as a youngster. Starting lessons again with Anna is a true joy. She opens up the beauty of the music and is gifted at shaping my technique to avoid bad habits and to help me progress. In one year I've come a long way. I'm especially pleased to learn I can be musically expressive even at my relatively low level of technical skill.

Anna is a disciplined artist who embraces me at my level, and my life is enriched.

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Julie Jun 30, 2016
Piano · In studio

Anna is a very thorough and dedicated piano teacher. She is committed to providing her students with good instruction.

Stacey Jun 26, 2016
Piano · In studio

Our son has been with with Anna for three years. He looks forward to his lesson each week and has steadily improved. Anna is a skilled teacher who connects personally with each of her students. A rare find.

Antonina Jun 25, 2016
Piano · In studio

Anna Petkova has been teaching my son play piano for the past three years. He started playing since the age of five. Anna has been playing a crucial role in my son's love of music. Anna has been studying and playing piano professionally and her teaching program reflects her knowledge of music. She develops her students based on their skills, talents and desire to learn. She is patient, very positive and encouraging. Anna personalizes her lessons based on a child's preference and interests in particular musical pieces so that children are personally vested in the success. My son's talent in playing piano blossomed for the past three years due to the awesome teacher that we have!! I would highly recommend Anna Petkova to anyone considering taking piano lessons.

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Paul Jun 25, 2016
Piano · In studio

Anna is a splendid teacher for students of all levels. She has a deep understanding of theory and performance, a command of all periods from baroque to contemporary and her demonstrations of the pieces are a joy to hear.

Maria Mar 24, 2016
Piano · In home

Anna is a talented pianist and teacher. We have worked with her for seven years and our children have grown into beautiful musicians and music lovers. Anna meets children where they are at but always pushes her students to be the best they can be. She finds compelling music that each individual child is interested in and motivates in kind and caring ways.

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Richard Mar 23, 2016
Piano · In studio

Anna Petkova is a wonderful piano teacher. She is talented and patient, and she encourages, challenges, and supports her students as they learn, grow, and improve. Highly recommended!

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