Ekaterina Burago
Hightstown, NJ
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Ekaterina Burago

Ekaterina B.

Hightstown, NJ
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I have been teaching piano for around 10 years, both in a private and school setting, and love to conquer new challenges and goals with my students. It's important to have a firm foundation, so in the first few lessons you will learn a whole new language! You will learn to read music, to recognize notes, simple rhythm, and start to play your first pieces. If you are not a beginner, the first lesson will consist of evaluating your current level and goals in order to move forward smoothly and quickly. I believe people should love what they play, so let me know your favorite songs! I want to help you reach your full potential, therefore I expect my students to be on time, ready to work, and be prepared. I have experience working with all levels, and can't wait to help you grow!


Dozen A Day- I love this book series. It gives short exercises which progress in difficulty for students to complete every day at the beginning of practice sessions as a warm up, and sight reading practice.

Scales- Yes, I said the dreaded words. But scales don't have to be boring, and they improve finger strength and technique like nothing else, as well as help learn some theory, like the circle of fifths!

Sight Reading, Ear Training and Beginning Theory- Learning to read music well will help you progress quickly and effortlessly, and training your ears to hear intervals and notes correctly is very beneficial for any instrument. Knowing key signatures, chords, how to write, and build chords and scales will give you a whole new understanding of music.

Piano Adventures Series- this series has many short pieces already compiled into levels, which are fun to play. These are a great way to move quickly through repertoire.

Popular songs, Disney, and Holiday- it's always great to incorporate your favorite melodies into your playing, especially ones that you can play at special events for family. It helps to keep things fresh and extra fun!

Classical Repertoire- For those who wish to get acquainted with classical piano music, there is an endless variety to choose from from Bach to Brahms to Debussy. Nothing is off the table.

Jazz- A great way to learn rhythm, and shake things up, jazz is a fantastic way to improve technique, while having a blast!

Of course it's best to mix a little bit of everything into the learning curriculum in order to provide a variety of challenges and to keep things from going stale. I always play a few different options for my students to choose from before picking a piece so that they may pick one that they truly enjoy.

Please always have a notebook and pencil to take down notes and write down assignments!

About Ekaterina B.

Originally from St. Petersburg, Russia, I began my musical journey when I was five years old. I am still very passionate about the arts, and strive to learn more every day. I became a student of Marylene Dosse, a phenomenal pianist, teacher, and professor at Penn State, at the age of eight. Since then, I went to the Penn State Music camp twice, once winning a full scholarship, and later attended PSU for Piano Performance and Music Education. I love working with people, and I think learning should be a combination of hard work, determination, but most importantly fun, and something you love to do. I have been maintaining a private music studio for the last 10 years and have worked with students of all levels and ages, from young beginners to adults. I was also a piano instructor at a music school in North Carolina, and learned a lot from the experience. Though I enjoyed working in a school, I found that maintaining a private studio was more fulfilling for me, allowing me to work with a bigger variety of students. I believe that playing an instrument is a great way to improve work ethic, gain a great skill, exercise the brain, and if done correctly, experience a great deal of joy. It holds so many possibilities. Let's find passion, creativity, and explore our minds!


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5 Reviews
Beverly H.
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Great first lesson!

Posted Jun 13, 2017
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I have had one other piano teacher. I was fresh out of college. Due to relocation, it ended after a few months, and I never pursued piano lessons afterward. Reason? It felt like work. Several years later, I decided to try again. That is when I found Katie through Take Lessons!!!

Katie is a fun, light-hearted, joyous piano teacher. My lessons are 100% pure fun! She challenges me while inspiring me at the same time. She has taught me to play basic and simple pieces with amazing drama and interest. Her expertise shines through in each lesson I take. I contribute my progress to her showing me how to practice. Measures that would take me days at home take me ten minutes with her! Katie is definitely a rare gem. I feel privileged to have such a talented teacher.

Posted Mar 20, 2017

Ekaterina was among my best students and by far the most gifted of them. Her musicianship and her intelligence are only matched by her charm and her wit.
She would be a rare teacher in her area with a mixing of Russian musical heritage and European teaching.

In spite of her young age she already has had several years of teaching experience and her students have made very good progress.

I would highly recommend her to students of all ages. She will make the best choice of repertoire, build technical skills and develop the musicianship that is necessary for making a difference for a lifetime love of the musical arts.

I have full confidence in her skills. I have love and respect for her and I am sure you will too.

Marylene Dosse, Distinguished professor emerita
Penn State University marylenedosse.com

Posted Jul 3, 2016
marylene dosse
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She is the most musical student I ever had. She also have a brilliant mind and I would recommend her over many other teachers.She is still very young but she has had a lot of good experience with her students.

Web site Marylene Dosse

Posted Jun 7, 2016
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My older daughter has been taking lesson with Katee for the past 5 years. Both my daughter and I like Katee's approach to teaching. She is demanding but is gentle at the same time. Her choices/suggestion for piano pieces are great.

Lately my younger kids started to take lesson with her as well and they love it!

Posted Jun 5, 2016

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Piano Performance, Music Education
Aug 2009 - Present

Penn State University

High school diploma
Aug 2004 - May 2008

State College Area High School


English, Russian

Fluent / Native Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


First place
Jul 2004

Penn state music camp

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