Anna Petkova

Anna P.

South Bend, IN
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I love playing piano. My students begin loving it too. We both discover a beautiful amazing music world in all its facets. I help my students with that music to become an essential vital part of their soul interests and needs.
My teaching method includes: Individual approach, thorough evaluating of the students' natural music gifts and their desires and expectations from lesson. Patience, encouragement, wit, hope, and confidence.

About Anna P.

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.

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William
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Anna is adept at teaching adults. My wife and I are in our late twenties with no music background at all, and she has done a great job at both introducing the theory behind the music and keeping the lessons simple enough to progress and enjoy. It is an even greater testament to her skill that she is able to teach in this way in a completely online format. Anna knows how to get the most out of her students and is extremely passionate about helping them improve, even contacting them outside of lesson time to check on their progress. We would recommend Anna to anyone!

Posted Feb 1, 2021
Allyson King
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We arrived to Anna after my son took piano lessons elsewhere with little progress. My son is interested in music, but lacked the confidence to push through skills he found challenging. This has changed under Anna’s direction, and our son is making excellent progress. We find Anna to be extremely knowledgeable and competent, and her passion for piano shows. Anna is patient and gentle, but she will undoubtedly push your child to do their best. She will get to know your child to determine their interests and work with them to achieve their goals. Highly recommended!

Posted Sep 4, 2020
Julia
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I have taken lessons with Anna since I was seven years old (currently age 18). I began knowing nothing about the piano or music theory. Neither of my parents can play the piano. I was a beginner in every sense of the word. Now, I have not only a deep love and appreciation for music, but also an advanced musical capacity and repertoire. I have played pieces from a variety of styles and time periods, from Claude Debussy to Mozart to Hadyn to jazz and contemporary. I was able to have a personal high school senior recital and share this love and talent with others. In high school, I completed a music theory and composition course with ease.

I cannot recommend Anna enough. Her dedication and patience is unparalleled and she cares so deeply for her students. She is methodical, attentive, thoughtful, and is an absolute hidden gem of a teacher. Anna opened a world of music to me and I don’t think I can ever truly express how much that means to me. Not only am I a better musician because of her, but I’m also a better person. Her attention to detail and passion have challenged the way that I approach work and hobbies beyond just music.

Anna is particularly skilled as an educator. Beyond simply giving information for students to practice or memorize, she helps them apply the concepts to real musical pieces, guiding them along the way. Her calm but advanced method of teaching helps students advance quickly through musical concepts.

Over the past eleven years, I have spent literally hundreds of hours with Anna honing my craft. If anyone has seen the extent of her talent as a teacher, I’d like to think it’s me.

Five stars out of five stars. Always.

Posted Feb 3, 2020
Grace
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We are not going back for lessons with Anna. My daughter found her unfriendly and intimidating. Anna wasn’t very good about communicating with us. She finally sent an email to me on the day of the lesson. I felt she was rude. I’m glad she could not accommodate us. We were going to cancel appointments with her. My daughter is very shy. We will be looking for piano lessons elsewhere.

Posted Feb 1, 2020
Grace

My daughter is a little intimidated. I’m hoping she softens up a bit

Posted Jan 30, 2020
Julie
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Three of my children take piano lessons with Anna and they have been thriving under instruction for almost five years. My husband and I have seen our children grow in their dedication, diligence, and love of piano during this time. We are immensely pleased with their progress and how Anna gently, but firmly, continues to push them to develop their repertoire and skills. We can't recommend her highly enough!

Posted Jun 10, 2019
Eva
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Miss Anna has been teaching our daughter for over three years. She is a very dedicated teacher who cares a lot about our daughter’s advancement. She is very nice, and gentle, but knows how to motivate her students to work harder. Our daughter enjoys this, because she feels that Miss Anna really cares, and the results are obvious. In the past three years our daughter’s technique has improved tremendously.

Posted Jun 8, 2019
Anna
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I definitely recommend Mrs. Petkova for a piano lesson. My daughter loves to have a piano lesson with her. She went home practice every day by herself and she also can play a lots a song just after 3 lessons.

Posted Apr 1, 2019
Kelly
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I started with Anna several weeks ago. The progress made has been substantial. Her patience and classical training background find a good balance between fun & enjoyable with just enough push. I would recommend her to either the novice or someone looking to pick it up again.

Posted Mar 18, 2019
Michael
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Awesome teacher, will really push you to be better!

Posted Jul 17, 2018
Sally
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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.

Posted Oct 10, 2017
Natacha Rickenbacher
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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.

Posted Apr 29, 2017
Terri
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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.

Posted Apr 20, 2017
Terri
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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!

Posted Apr 19, 2017
Kyle
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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.

Posted Feb 3, 2017
Ryan S.
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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!

Posted Nov 19, 2016
John

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.

Posted Oct 29, 2016
Julie
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Anna is a very thorough and dedicated piano teacher. She is committed to providing her students with good instruction.

Posted Jun 30, 2016
Stacey
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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.

Posted Jun 26, 2016
Antonina
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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.

Posted Jun 25, 2016
Paul
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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.

Posted Jun 25, 2016
Maria
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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.

Posted Mar 24, 2016
Richard
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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!

Posted Mar 23, 2016

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Experience

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

Education

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

Languages

Bulgarian

Professional Proficiency

English

Professional Proficiency

Russian

Professional Proficiency

Russian

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Master's Degree in Music: Piano and Music Theory and History
Jun 1981

Leningrad State Conservatoire, Russia

Affiliations

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.
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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