Florentina Banaga

Florentina B.

Alexandria, VA
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Beginner, Intermediate
I like to see how my students discover their singing talent at my lessons. Always very supportive and ready to give them all the necessary tips needed for each of their voice types and levels of understating, so later on they become my friends and a part of my team with whom I organize concerts, recitals and interesting contests.
If you would like this kind of experience and lesson environment, contact me and let's start the sessions today :)

About Florentina B.

I am teacher since I was an adolescent. Always wanted to do everything it takes so my pupils take what they need from my lessons, understand and assimilate all the information, and also live with the desire of coming back and continuing with me the journey in the field they have selected.
Many of my students became my close friends that I go to see operas, broadway shows , concerts or other cultural and entertaining events with.
I also organize recitals and interesting meetings with the participation of my students.
For any additional information, contact me and I will answer in no time.

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Omar R.
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Great voice coach, Florentina is a very patient and encouraging teacher.

Posted Feb 9, 2019
Benjamin
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Florentina is very knowledgeable, professional, and super easy to be with! She's also very supportive, and although my determination to practice hard pieces and new techniques can sometimes dip, I always leave our sessions feeling renewed and eager to continue my mission. I can't recommend her enough!

Posted Jan 30, 2019
Kayla P.
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Great job! Kayla loved the lesson!

Posted Jun 16, 2018
Tommy B.
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Florentina is outstanding! She is incredible with my son, and I’m constantly amazed by how well he connects with her on the lessons. She is very professional, always on time and very communicative with regards to his homework and schedule. He’s now preformed both for family and friends, and also in front of an audience. He continues to enjoy and look forward to lessons. Florentina is highly recommended.

Posted Jun 8, 2018
Noah B.
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My Son Noah was extremely happy with his first lesson! He says Ms. Florentina was great! He is looking forward to his next lesson, he says Ms. Florentina makes it fun to learn. Something he never said about his two previous instructors...

Posted May 19, 2018
Mike M.
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Florentina likes teaching and that makes her a great teacher. She has the skills and is patient enough to share them. She constantly adjust her approach as she understands how I learn.

Posted May 11, 2018
Jeffrey
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Don't look at any further, Florentina is the instructor you are looking for!

Florentina has a passion for music that is infectious and a knack for teaching that is exceptional. I came to Florentina as a complete novice and she quickly analyzed my natural strengths and weakness and prescribed exercises that noticeably improved my singing within the first couple of lessons. We experimented with a number of songs and she helped me find pieces that both suited me and pushed me as a student. Most importantly, she's a great person. She makes her lessons fun, she's really funny, and she takes the time to get to know her students. I look forward to our weekly sessions and highly recommend that you choose her as an instructor, too!

Posted Apr 25, 2018
Gianina
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Florentina is a lovely piano teacher, with lots of patience and so much talent.Our 7 year old,is always excited when it is time for his lessons and enjoys every minute of learning with Florentina.
We would definitely recommend her to anyone!!!

Posted Apr 22, 2018
Michael E.
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Michael is enjoying his lessons with Florentina!

Posted Dec 2, 2017
Michael B.
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Great teacher. She assessed my level at the beginning and has given me plenty of work to improve my piano and voice. She's classically trained, and that definitely influences her instruction and approach. Her understanding of my goals and flexibility in lessons makes the lessons personal and individualized.

Posted Nov 3, 2017
Amal Hammoudeh

I feel comfortable with Florentina, she gives good feedback, she is very clear in her guidance, which helps me understand exactly what i need to do to improve.

Posted Feb 17, 2017
Alicia Maurer

Florentina is an extremely knowledgeable and patient instructor who takes the time to help her students learn. Each class I take away something new, and I am farther along in learning piano than I thought I would be after only a few classes! She is also extremely flexible with timing, which is much appreciated.

Posted Feb 9, 2017
Anoop Singh

She was really constructive and very helpful, and I enjoyed the session very much

Posted Dec 3, 2016
Amanda Cheng

Florentina is a great instructor!!! She's classically trained, and she knows her stuff. She'll really push your limits and make you feel uncomfortable until you grow where you need to go. I would love to take more lessons with her, but I'm moving back to Los Angeles. She's very chatty.

Posted Nov 22, 2016
Paul Wayner

Very patient with my 7-year old daughter.

Posted Nov 1, 2016
Mac Anderson

Florentina is an excellent vocal coach. She is very professional and has a gorgeous voice. I am a beginner and if not for her excellent teaching I would never have thought it was possible for me to be able to sing in any place other than by myself in my car etc... I enthusiastically endorse her and encourage others to give her a try wether you are a beginner or expert!

Posted Oct 23, 2016
Stacy Lathrop

Florentina has been doing exactly what I needed and wanted despite my occasional frustration - patiently teaching me the fundamentals to playing the piano.

Posted Sep 22, 2016
Benjamin McAfee

I had an amazing time with Florentina. She was very welcoming and was able to explain many concepts that I was unfamiliar with. You will learn how to sing while becoming more knowledgeable about the science behind singing.

Posted Aug 1, 2016
Jason Huang

As a typical overtrained Asian student, I had numerous terrifying run ins with hardass music teachers as a child. I am glad then, that Florentina has managed to change my perspective of musical tutors. While strict, she has a vivacious personality that brings life to the lesson, motivating me to try my best (a difficult task at the best of times). Additionally, she has great talent, and an ability to render the most abstruse topics clear. For instance, I was having trouble shifting my voice to a higher pitch, but following her impromptu explanations of "chest sounds" and "head sounds", I found it much easier to follow and even managed to successfully transition to higher notes. If you want a teacher that knows her stuff and can keep you in line, then Florentina is an excellent choice.

Posted Jul 24, 2016
Elijah Oser

Florentina was great. She worked well with my 12 year old grandson and fulfilled the main priority which was to teach him how to use and protect the instrument that is his voice. He enjoyed working with her and we will definitely consider additional lessons from her in the future. Excellent experience.

Posted Jul 1, 2016
Felix Simon

Florentina is friendly and knowledgeable.

Posted Jun 21, 2016
Aquia Richburg

Florentina is a great teacher. She is attentive to detail and she knows her stuff. She gives the student plenty of time to practice proper technique during each lesson and ensures he understands the concept being taught. She also emphasizes student comprehension as opposed to 'what I say is right' teaching.

Posted Jun 15, 2016
Jen Yeh

Florentina is great - very personable and friendly but also stern at the same time and holds my boys (5 and 7) accountable and focused on learning piano.

Posted May 19, 2016
Adam Safir

Florentina has been teaching piano to my two daughters for several weeks. She has been excellent - demanding and yet patient with both girls, very clear in her instructions to them, and flexible in tailoring her method to the different personality traits and learning method of each girl. My daughters really enjoy their lessons with Florentina, and I think that has been evident in the progress they've made in just a few short weeks. I highly recommend Florentina for piano lessons.

Posted May 1, 2016
Nupur Moondra

Florentina is tough but really nice and willing to work with you!

Posted May 1, 2016
Matthew Gordon

Florentina is great. She has the perfect combination of knowledge, teaching ability, patience, and humor required to explain the internal sensations associated with proper and healthy singing. While helping me discover my voice, Florentina has made me feel like I uncovered some secret ability. I would recommend her to anyone.

Posted Apr 30, 2016
Danielle DuCré

Being trained by a vocal coach who has a great ear for tone is important. This is what I was looking for and found it in Florentina. She is very personable and experienced in coaching, and I look forward to fine tuning my craft with her guidance.

Posted Apr 15, 2016
Peter Smorodin

My daughter Lilia has done two lessons now with Florentina, and absolutely adores her. She has done a great job in a short time establishing rapport with my daughter and has really worked out some great exercises to help her start to feel at ease singing naturally. Understanding that training on fundamentals is a long-term process, I can see great potential for helping Lili learn singing.

Florentina's teaching studio is spotlessly clean, and displays engaging and helpful musical notation tips right on the wall of the studio. My daughter is comfortable and has fun working on her music with Florentina.

She is also prompt to reply to correspondence and easy to work with as far as scheduling. We are hoping that she will continue to work with Lili for some time to come!!

Peter

Posted Feb 22, 2016
Anne Bradley

Florentina had me playing a Bach Minuet within two weeks.

Posted Feb 22, 2016
Zoë Schall

Florentina is teriffic! Our 3 year old took to her immediately. She has a lot of both knowledge and patience (important to have when teaching kids). She was able to keep our daughter interested and engaged.

Posted Feb 22, 2016
Olena Latyn

I've had only a couple of vocal lessons with Florentina and I already amazed of the work she have done. I'm 25 years old and I always thought that I might be able to sing but I thought I have very weak voice and was always shy to sing if someone is around even my closest ones. After 3 lessons with her she made me realize that I actually have a great voice, she taught me how to use my voice and sing such a high notes that I've never thought I would be able to. Now all my family hear me signing all day long around the house :)

Posted Feb 6, 2016
john White

Florentina's skills to teach are really good. What seams to be so difficult, turns out to be very easy tought by her.
I enjoy working with her !

Posted Feb 4, 2016
Melissa Pescatore

Florentina is talented and well-trained as a singer and is a competent instructor. She has an amazing, kind, supportive personality. I learned so much even in only one hour! I can't wait for our next meeting.

Posted Feb 4, 2016
Alexis Taylor

Our sons love Ms. Florentina. They are so different , but she knows how to find the right key to each of them.

Posted Feb 4, 2016
Adam Harchich

My 7 year old son has loved working with Florentina. She is excellent at explaining concepts to him, and taking him to the next level. She's simply great with children! We highly recommend her.

Posted Feb 4, 2016

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Experience

Voice/piano teacher and tutor
Dec 2015 - Present

Reverb Lessons

Teaching and tutoring private piano and singing lessons for adults and children. Preparing students for auditions in musicals and music schools auditions.

Piano/voice instructor
Oct 2015 - Mar 2016

Learn Now Music

Teaching at public schools and private lessons

Education

Opera singing
Sep 2008 - Jun 2011

The National Conservatory, Republic of Moldova

Music, humanist profile and foreign languages
Sep 1998 - Jun 2008

Lyceum "Ion Creanga"

Languages

English

Professional Proficiency

Romanian

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Russian

Professional Proficiency

Spanish

Limited Proficiency

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