Carol Koczo

Carol K.

Manassas, VA

About Carol K.

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Carol teaches: Ages 8 and up
Teaching since: August 1984
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Overview

As a young child, I knew I loved music. I was fortunate to have my parents who supported and encouraged me with a variety of music lessons. It is my personal joy and a privilege to pass my love of music to the next generation of musicians.

Taking private lessons is a unique environment as it fosters a customized approach to learning. Both the instructor and the student work together to create a better understanding of the instrument and achieve a higher level of appreciation. .

I would love to share my passion and joy of music with anyone who wants to discover their own journey into the musical world.

I have worked with student's from the age of five through adulthood. I enjoy working with any age group. As a teacher, I am always looking for new ideas to aid in a student's musical journey.

I teach to the student's "learning style." I use whatever resources are available to reinforce musical concepts. I am patient, and laid back. I want my students to feel comfortable, and know that they can be themselves when they are working with me. Most of all what a student can expect is a teacher who is interested in them, their progress, and making the our time together as enjoyable as possible. I believe that I help students see the joy music brings to their lives.

I have always felt that one of my greatest strengthens is my ability to interact with children and adults, and I hope that I can continue to share my love of music in the coming years.

Experience

During high school I participated in A Cappella Choir, and joined a global performing group, called "Up With People" that traveled locally and statewide. I was active in high school music productions and I studied privately voice and piano.

Since then, I have continued to sing with community based choral groups throughout the Washington, DC region. I have also assisted as an piano accompanist for a small local church.


Education

I graduated from George Mason University, with a Bachelors degree in Liberal Arts. While attending the University, I sang with the university choir and studied classical piano under the tutelage of Jacequeline Schmitt. I was because of her that I developed an interest in piano technique.

During and after college I studied with a private voice instructor from Catholic University, where I learned classical voice.
I am currently working with a Takelessons teacher to maintain my skill.

I am also currently working on being certified as a Music Color teacher through an online course written by Andrew Ingkavet. I also received training and certification as a Music for Young Children, a program designed for early keyboard beginners.

I have continued to broaden my personal education by taking online courses, such as reharmonization of chords. I have also attended workshops, sponsored by the Piedmont music club, on how to incorporate improvisation into my lesson plans.

Lesson Details

I use a variety of methods for teaching piano. I do not restrain my approach to one method, but draw on resources from other methods and approaches.

I include music theory, ear training and piano technique into the lesson. While I am a classically trained pianist, I do not stick to that style of music. I believe that exposing the student to all types or styles of music broadens their education.

I use the computer and any apps that are available to further my students skills on the keyboard.

Within six months I would hope that the student would feel more comfortable at the piano. I would expect him to learn posture at the piano, including hand position. I would expect that his knowledge of the right and left hand notes would become more proficient, and that he would understand what the staff is. I would expect that he understands keyboard geography, distance between notes, the concept of high/low, dynamics, and patterns (both directional and melodic). I would add two-handed playing, at a very basic level. This, of course, would depend upon the student's pace and how much effort is put into the learning of the instrument.

My goal is to create a fun and lively learning environments, that with patience, will result in a life long love of music and the personal benefits it imparts.


Studio Equipment

lessons in dedicated music room in basement; computer with electronic piano and keyboard;

Photos and Videos

Lexington, age 10 Homage to Chopin

Experience

Music education teacher

Sep 2004 - Jun 2005
Music for Young Children

I worked at a local music studio using the training I received from the Music for Young Children company, based in Canada. I worked with a small group of 4-5 year old and their parents. We taught the rudiments of piano and theory using a creative, age appropriate approach to music.

Education

Historic Preeservation

Sep 1988 - May 1993
Mary Washington College

Bachelor of Music/Historic Preservation

Sep 1976 - Mar 1980
George Mason University/Mary Washington College

Languages Spoken

Italian

Limited Proficiency

Italian, German

Limited Proficiency

Certifications

Bachelor of Liberal Studies, Historic Preservation

Jun 1993
Mary Washington College

Received a four year degree that was composed of the principles of archaeology and preservation of the material past

Affiliations

National Federation of Music Clubs

Aug 2014
NFMC_logo

Since its founding in 1898, the NFMC has grown into one of the world’s largest music organizations with club and individual members of all ages. The NFMC is chartered by the Congress of the United States, and is the only music organization member of the United Nations. NFMC provides opportunities for musical study, performance and appreciation to more than 200,000 senior, student and junior members in 6,500 music-related clubs and organizations nationwide. Members are professional and amateur musicians, vocalists, composers, dancers, performing artists, arts and music educators, music students, generous music patrons and benefactors, and music lovers of all ages.

National Association for Music Education

Jan 2014
NAFME

Founded in 1907, NAfME is among the world’s largest arts education organizations. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers.

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12 Reviews on Carol K.

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Alexander B. Aug 5, 2016
Piano · In home
Very patient with her students. Takes the time to teach and even reteach a lesson when the student is having difficulty. Very flexible with fitting us in for our lessons when we have to make a change.
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Carol Aug 2, 2016
Piano · In studio
I highly recommend Mrs. Koczo as a piano teacher, she is very knowledgeable, very patience and kind.
I truly enjoy my lessons with her every week.
My daughter used to take piano lessons with another teacher and I used to stay and watch and I can compare, Mrs. Koczo is really an amazing teacher.
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Michelle P. Mar 20, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
She was very patient and was a great instructor.
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Hanaa H. Jan 7, 2016
Music Theory · In studio
Verified Student
Ms. Carol is a great teacher. She is patient, kind and knowledgeable teacher. She makes sure that you understand every single thing. I enjoyed my first lesson with her a lot!😄
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Jerry W. Sep 14, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
I learned more in one lesson than I have in any other single lesson I have had.
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Patty B. Apr 30, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Carol is a wonderful, patient teacher that is very knowledgeable in piano. I enjoy every lesson that we have
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Jamie R. Dec 10, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Carol is amazing!! This is my son's first time taking any type of music lessons and she has been wonderful in teaching him how to read music and play the piano. He really enjoys his lessons and looks forward to them. I highly recommend Carol for anyone wanting to learn to play. She is patient and uses different tools and techniques tailored to the student to make learning easy and fun. Thank you Carol!
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CyrilleT Jun 21, 2012
Me and the kids are enjoying the classes. Mrs k is an extraordinary teacher.
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ShirleyA Apr 1, 2012
Kind, Patient,and absolutely awesome teacher

Carol is a very kind, and patient teacher. I really appreciate her guidance in music as I am trying to learn all I can. She has many different techniques to draw from which helps her to teach me the things I need to know. I look forward to the music lessons with great anticipation. Thank you Carol for being a great teacher.
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DorothyS1 Jul 24, 2011
Patient and innovative

Carol is working very well with my young son who has ADHD. She keeps his attention and helps him to understand concepts. He is learning and enjoying th lessons.