Polina De Carlo

Polina D.

Schenectady, NY

About Polina D.

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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

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25 Reviews on Polina D.

Roopa R. Oct 6, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
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
Verified Student
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.
Andrew Apr 26, 2016
Piano · Online
Verified Student
Polina is knowledgeable and very good at explaining everything.
Natalie Apr 6, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Encoraging and helpful
Matthew D. Feb 12, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Just had my first lesson and was coming in with no prior experience. I learned a tremendous amount of information within the 30 minute lesson; much more than originally anticipated; including how to read the notes pertaining sound and how long each not plays in addition to identifying where the keys are positioned by using the black keys as a reference and centering with the C key while moving up and down the notes A through G. Polina is a great encouraging instructor and I'm excited for follow-up lessons.
Stephanie Feb 9, 2016
Classical Piano · In studio
Knowledgeable. Patient. Wonderful with our daughter.
Kate Jan 17, 2016
Classical Piano · Online
As an adult beginner I was quite apprehensive about taking lessons. However, Polina has been such a good teacher for me.
She is patient and always full of encouragement. That is so important.
We do lessons online which is surprisingly effective and very convenient for both of us.
Josh Dec 22, 2015
Classical Piano · Online
I am very pleased that I have selected Polina to be my piano coach, and I look forward to continue my progress in the upcoming year!
Chris Dec 22, 2015
Classical Piano · In studio
My daughter studied piano with Polina for several years. She developed her ear and her technique substantially under Polina's guidance. Polina helped select pieces that challenged my daughter and suited her playing style, while retaining her love of music. No issues with setting lesson times or scheduling, and communication was easy.
Maggie Nov 22, 2015
Classical Piano · In studio
Polina's approach as a teacher and mentor is professional and nurturing. Students benefit from her valuable education and broad experience. She evaluates, challenges, and focuses students toward reaching their next level of ability. The student performances are a highlight.
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