Celina Surniak

Celina S.

Sherman Oaks, CA

Lesson Details



Celina delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
September 2009

Hello! My name is Celina. I am so excited for what the future has in store for us and I hope that I can help you achieve your goals and aspirations. Before we begin, let me tell you a little bit about myself.

I have recently graduated AMDA The College and Conservatory for the Dramatic Arts with a Bachelor's Degree in the Performing Arts. Currently, I am working on a second degree with focuses in Business and Sociology. In High School, I started taking College and University Courses by Sophomore year. By the time I had graduated, I had tested in and passed over 10 courses for college credit. This list included: English Language, English Literature, Spanish Language, Spanish Literature, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, AB Calculus, Biology, Chemistry, and Psychology. I graduated with Honors in both high school and college. College was devoted to the Performing Arts side of me. I accelerated in my program and graduated with my BFA in two and a half years, whilst studying in both Los Angeles and New York City.

I have over twelve years of experience playing the flute, as well as over six tutoring my peers and younger students in academia. I spent these six years primarily helping people with what they needed help with. My prior experience was both volunteer and me being…well, me! I also have over twelve years of experience as a nanny and childcare provider. I love working with children and find that one of the most fulfilling things to see in life is seeing a child’s passion increase ten-fold as they learn more about something that intrigues them. I adore sharing knowledge and I feel that helping others reach and attain their goals has helped me to learn more about myself and what I must do to reach my own. I have dedicated my young life to immersing myself in the arts and pursuing knowledge. I feel like I can help you learn in fun and amazing ways that you have never thought of before. :)

Lessons (in the pupil’s desired focus) will begin with a small look at how each student operates. Everyone learns differently! Lessons will then expand into fun and in depth sessions as I help each student find what exactly it is that intrigues them most. This will be accompanied by ironing out the wrinkles of the more complicated things. Lessons will always end with a laugh and a smile!

No matter what it is you decide to tackle, you can learn it. There is absolutely nothing that you can't learn. I'm here to help you!

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons in each of my specialties will be run a little differently. Here are the general breakdowns for lessons that I will run:

Flute Lessons: In these lessons, we will begin with a warm up and then a review of what has been learned in the previous lesson or more of the fundamentals that may have not been learned yet. After this segment, we will continue to push forward with correct technique and musicianship. The end of the lesson will be devoted to giving things to work on as well as something fun that will be learned before you are dismissed.

Academic Lessons: In these lessons, we will recap what we have talked about before as well as explore what I have most recently given the student. We will then meticulously go through the lesson to make sure that you comfortably understand. To conclude, we will make sure that all questions are answered as well as make a plan of action for the next lesson.

Acting Lessons: In these lessons, we will have a productive and interactive warm up. As soon as you feel ready we will tackle your project. I will teach you beats, arcs, break downs, and make sure that you know and can react to what is happening in your piece. You will have an amazing time and I promise that you will go away with a little more insight than you had when you came in.

*** Travel Equipment ***
The only lesson type that requires any equipment is the Flute lesson. I will bring a music stand, my own personal flute to help the student mimic things that I will show him/her, as well as the books that I will help train him/her with (if you have your own personal books you would like to use, we can use those as well). I still do expect the student to have his/her own flute. For all other lessons, no travel equipment is necessary. We are going to have a blast!

*** Specialties ***
My upmost specialty in teaching is Flute. I train beginner and intermediate students how to play, read music, create musicality, and help prep them for competitions, recitals, and other performances. I have personally been playing the flute for over 12 years.

My next specialty is helping tutor and teach academic subjects. I will help mentor you or your child to get better grades in school in the subjects mentioned above. I help teach beginner and intermediate students.

My last specialty is helping coach acting. I have received my BFA in Performing Arts and love acting and theater. I specialize in helping beginner and intermediate students prep for auditions and learn about the art of theater itself. I will help with techniques as well as personal coaching.

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Oct 2013 - Present

I aid in tutoring three children aged from 6 to 12 at the present moment. I help with homework and study practices. I have tutored in similar circumstances throughout my life and have been nannying/tutoring for about ten years.

Flute Section Leader
Sep 2008 - Jan 2011
High School/College Orchestra

I was a section leader in my orchestra for the flute and helped train and tutor my section throughout the season each year. This helped me hone my teaching skills and learn what techniques were the most helpful for my own students later in my life.


Secondary BFA Business and Sociology
Jun 2014 - Present
Santa Monica College
BFA Performing Arts
Jun 2011 - Oct 2013
AMDA The College and Conservatory for the Dramatic Arts


Spanish (Conversational)
Limited Proficiency

Photos & Videos

Here is a little look at how I am as a person. I am very bubbly, quirky, upbeat, and extremely positive. Come and see for yourself! More videos on how I plan to run a session are coming soon.
Photo by Celina S.

Photo by Celina S.


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