Hannah Balasa

Hannah B.

Grand Rapids, MI
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Hannah delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:

Hello! I look forward to meeting you and your child! I'd love to do introductions in person, but let me tell you a few things about me: 

I am a Michigan-born twenty-something who recently got married. Before moving to Kentwood to live with my husband, I taught piano at Marshall Music in Kalamazoo and was an Administrative Assistant at a local church for about 4 years. Before that I received my Bachelors in Business Administration and a Minor in Music at Indiana Wesleyan University. I was homeschooled all the way from Kindergarten to 12th grade and graduated with my other homeschool friends. 

I took piano lessons for about 20 years and learned a several things from my amazingly talented teachers. Here are a few: one, develop a relationship with your student by having conversations about everyday life, two, have a great structured reward system for students who practice, and three, ALWAYS have fun. 

There are a few things on the side that I like to do or have done in the past (this information might be useful to tell your son or daughter). I was a very busy homeschool student. Sports were very important to me growing up, I did softball, volleyball and soccer. I also was highly involved in performing arts. I currently enjoy doing crafts like sewing, card making, refinishing furniture, and cooking/baking. I am also a pet lover! 

I can't wait to learn more about you at our first lesson.

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Piano Instructor
Aug 2013 - May 2017
Marshall Music

Worship Leader
Mar 2007 - Sep 2016
Fresh Start Church

Piano Instructor
Sep 2011 - May 2013
Indiana Wesleyan University

There was a great program at this university that allowed college students to teach beginning students. It was a great experience.


Bachelors in Business Administration and a Minor in Music
Sep 2010 - May 2013
Indiana Wesleyan University
Associates in General Studies
Sep 2008 - Apr 2010
Kalamazoo Valley Community College


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Music Teachers National Association
Jul 2017

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.

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Photos & Videos

Teaching keyboarding skills at a music camp during the summer of 2017.

Playing at a wedding in Allegan, MI

Playing at a wedding at Gun Lake, MI

Receiving artwork form my students tells me I am doing my job right. They LOVE piano!

I am not sure if I'd say the best, but I do love to teach and that drives me to excellence.

My newly painted studio. I love bright colors!


5 Reviews

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Edith S. Mar 16, 2018
Piano · In studio

Hannah is awesome !! Very polite and takes her time to get her students comfortable. My daughter is absolutely loving this experience.

Belmari Aug 1, 2017
Piano · In studio

Excelente teacher who taught my son four years. He did not know anything when he got started and Hannah taught him to play the piano and to love music. He is loving it so much that now he plays the piano an also trombone in band too, thanks to Hannah. She is such a great teacher that I ended up taking clases too and I am loving it. She makes it really fun.

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Dawn Jul 29, 2017
Piano · In home

Hannah is a very sweet and patient young lady. I took piano lessons from her a few years ago. I didn't know how to read music and had never played before. At age 60 it was one of the things I wanted to accomplish on my bucket list. She helped me achieve that.
I highly recommend her for anyone. Young or old!

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Kristina Jul 14, 2017
Piano · In studio

Hannah is not only a wonderful piano teacher, she is also a wonderful person. She is kind and cares about her students. At the same time, she sets high expectations for them to achieve success. We feel lucky to have found Hannah. She taught my daughter to love music, and to work hard."

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Kirsten Jul 10, 2017
Piano · In studio

My daughter started lessons with Hannah when my daughter was 5 years old. My daughter's progress was great. Hannah kept her interested in playing by having her pick out pieces she really wanted to play in addition to her other lessons. Hannah is thoughtful, organized, and a positive influence on her students. We only stopped going to her because she left town.

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