Polina De Carlo

Polina D.

Schenectady, NY

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Polina teaches: Ages 4 and up
Teaching since: 1998
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I am an experienced classical pianist with honorable degrees obtained from the most prestigious musical institutions in the world - State Academy of Music (Russian conservatory of music) located in Minsk, Belarus, as well as The College of Saint-Rose, Albany, New York, Unites States. Piano has been my main area of concentration since I was five years old, so I consider myself to be a top professional in the music field.

I really enjoy working with highly motivated students and welcome various ages and levels. I have worked both with professional musicians and beginner level music enthusiasts. As a teacher and piano soloist, I have worked in various countries including Russia, Italy, France and the United States. My international teaching experience has been showing wonderful results, and I am proud of my students winning the highest places in the international auditions, competitions and festivals worldwide.

My thoroughly developed teaching method is built on the best combination of Russian and European traditions in music education, and it is intended to build and advance skills in reading, technique, theory, to enrich music appreciation by exploring compositions of variety of styles and genres, to discover the internal abilities and approach to an instrument, and master performing techniques.

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Instructor of Piano & Voice
Jan 2013 - Present
Piano Ma Muse, Fontainebleau, France

Founder & Artistic Director, Music Manager, Piano Instructor
Sep 2002 - Present
The ART of PIANO ~ music studio, Niskayuna, New York, U.S.A.

May 2011 - May 2013
Louise DeFeo Parillo Piano Competition, Schenectady, New York, U.S.A.

Substitute Teacher
Sep 2000 - Jun 2010
Niskayuna School District, New York, U.S.A.

Choral Accompanist, Piano Soloist
Sep 2003 - Jun 2009
FUSS of Schenectady, New York, U.S.A.

Sep 2000 - Jun 2007
Schenectady Choral Society, New York, U.S.A.

Teacher of Special Piano
Sep 1997 - Jun 2000
State School of Music No.10, Minsk, Belarus

Sep 1997 - Jun 2000
State Opera Theatre, Minsk, Belarus

Music Consultant & Accompanist of the Belarusian National Gymnastics Team
Sep 1993 - Jun 2000
State School of Olympic Reserve, Minsk, Belarus


Master of Arts in Music Education
Aug 2006 - Jun 2008
College of Saint-Rose, New York, U.S.A.
Master of Arts in Piano Performance
Sep 1992 - Jun 1998
State Academy of Music, Minsk, Belarus
Bachelor of Arts in Music Education
Sep 1992 - Jun 1997
State Academy of Music, Minsk, Belarus

Languages Spoken

English, Russian
Fluent / Native Proficiency
French, Italian
Limited Proficiency


Performer, Concertmeister, Chamber Ensemble Artist, Teacher of Special Piano
Jun 1997
State Academy of Music, Minsk, Belarus

33 Reviews on Polina D.

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Ariannah F. May 26, 2017
· Piano · In home I was very impressed with Polina professionalism and how friendly she was. It was my daughter first lesson and she loved it. I would highly recommend Polina to anyone who is interested in piano lessons.
Nicholas May 10, 2017
· Classical Piano · In studio Polina is a great instructor with an encyclopedic knowledge of music. She is very precise in her instructions, and really guides you through a piece. She also brings great enthusiasm and energy to the lesson. She was very flexible with my crazy schedule and was willing to adjust lesson days on short notice. I would definitely recommend her.
Framk May 9, 2017
· Classical Piano · In studio After taking lessons with Polina for 6-months, I've realized one important truth... she is the embodiment of MUSIC. Polina is classically trained with grace and elegance in an “old world” Russian culture. She understood exactly what I needed to work on and which exercises would benefit me the most.

Passion, tolerance and patience are colors used to paint a clear portrait of Polina. Respectfully demanding, she has polished the old pieces I've struggled with over the years, as-well my sight-reading skills have improved by leaps and bounds.

As pianos need regular tuning and care so do pianists… and Polina is the craftswoman.
Katerina May 9, 2017
· Classical Piano · In studio Great teacher! Very professional!
Nick May 9, 2017
· Classical Voice · In studio Polina is an amazing instructor. She is funny, creates a very warm atmosphere and is incredibly patient. She has a real passion to help others and to bring out the best in them. She has a real joy for teaching and I can't recommend her enough.
Michael B. May 9, 2017
· Classical Voice · In home I find polina to be very dedicated and an expert on the piano and her teaching . I lready found I had a passion for music but After only one lesson she has opened up a whole new world of music . I can't wait for my next lesson
Patty O. Jan 6, 2017
· Piano · In home Polina is a great teacher.
Having the appointment at her home has worked out great!!
Antonia W. Nov 25, 2016
· Classical Voice · Online I have always wanted to take classical voice. I am 64 years of age decided just to go ahead and do it. I chose Poline for her expertise, credentials and her heritage. I was very nervous and hardly spoke more than five words. Poline was so understanding, caring and really understood my fear. She has been a God sent. I have only had three lessons so far and Poline has made me feel as though I have had lessons all my life. She gently points out where and what I need to work on. Poline explains with her voice, so I further understand. Her patients are incredible. I am doing a piece titled "Angel of Music", and I mean this with my whole heart that Poline is my "Angel of Music". Thank you for bringing light, laughter, and music into my life.
Roopa R. Oct 6, 2016
· Piano · In home We are so lucky to have found an amazing piano instructor for my 7 yr old in Niskayuna, NY. Polina is an extremely talented musician and is a wonderful teacher. She is patient and brings out the very best in her student. Polina can clearly identify the strengths and weaknesses and gives clear instructions and directions to overcome the weaknesses and improve one's technique. My son enjoys going to his piano lessons and each lesson is very exciting, rewarding and fun! I wish I could give more than 5 stars!!
Sonya Jul 30, 2016
· Classical Voice · Online It was an excellent experience! Highly professional, courteous, and passionate teacher. We'll continue to take Polina's classes because it seems we found a devoted teacher we were looking for.
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