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.
Speaks French, Italian, Russian
Teaches students 5 to 95
Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Polina is so knowledgeable and informative. We jumped right in and she gave me great feedback on a piece I’ve been working on for a while. She is very motivational and I am excited to continue to work with her and improve my technique and ability.
She is a great teacher ! She is the best!
Polina has been teaching my daughter for a year now and she is just amazing!!! I have also taken vocal lessons from Polina. I can't say enough about how wonderful and helpful she is. She has an impressive background in piano and voice and is a phenomenal teacher. She has a way of getting across exactly what she needs you to do. She is, also, one of the nicest people you will ever meet. We both highly recommend her.Show More
I took piano lessons when I was younger and had recently starting playing on my own again when I started taking lessons from Polina. I could read music and was playing at an intermediate level.
Polina was able to help me improve from this starting point. Music I had been playing sounded significantly better with her coaching. Music I had been struggling with, she helped me work through. It is clear that I am playing much better due to the time I've spent with Polina. She was able to explain how to improve my playing and she was able to identify specific things for me to work on.
As an adult student, there were weeks where work just took over. Polina understood this and was extremely flexible and patient. Without this patience, there would have been no way for me to make progress.
I highly recommend Polina if you are looking to improve your piano playing.
Very very good piano teacher, best piano player I've met and she teaches very well. Very encouraging to!
Polina is a wonderful teacher. She is extremely well qualified and a joy to work with. She is a highly skilled teacher, very patient, thorough, and relates well to both children and adults. We are very happy to have Polina as our teacher.
Polina is an amazing teacher. She is patient and friendly, and has many tips for helping you improve your singing. My daughter goes to her as well. I can’t recommend her enough.
Very nice and professional. Took time to get to know my daughter and her vocal abilities. Chose a song from her favorite musical to learn. A very enjoyable lesson.
Polina is wonderful and friendly. My daughter has loved her lessons and has been more confident with singing since she started.
Wonderful first online lesson for my daughter! My daughter had been taking local lessons for a while but had to abandon them due to other commitments. Polina's methods and instruction in the first lesson have already exceeded our expectations. I feel our daughter will start progressing much faster now and start appreciating classical music under Polina's guidance.Show More
Polina inspires me on different genres, articulation on Bach WTK, flowing and rubato on Debussy, and joyful expression on Mozart, etc
Exceptional! I learned more in 30 minutes that I ever believed was possible. Polina has a great way of teaching. She is caring yet professional. She answers questions with a gentle expertise and plays piano like a dream. She makes you believe that you can succeed. It was amazing how quickly Polina tailored the lesson to fit my needs. The only drawback is that I have to wait six more days until my next lesson!Show More
Polina est un excellent professeur, d'une grande écoute, ses remarques sont toujours faites avec beaucoup de gentillesse
We were so impressed by Polina's warmth, talent, and professionalism. Thank you!
Polina was amazing! First she was always on time and available for all our scheduled sessions. Second she had well prepared lesson plans and homework assignments individually customized to the student. Third, she was great with my 13 year old daughter - lots of patience and a friendly approachable personality.
I would highly recommend Polina to anyone!!!
Polina is absolutely fantastic!
Great first lesson experience. Excited to learn more, and the teacher is very nice!
Polina is an amazing instructor.
It was delightful to meet Polina. She has given me a lot to work on to truly refine my playing. I look forward to working with you.
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.
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.Show More
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.
Great teacher! Very professional!
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.
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
Polina is a great teacher.
Having the appointment at her home has worked out great!!
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.Show More
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!!Show More
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.
Polina is knowledgeable and very good at explaining everything.
Encoraging and helpful
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.Show More
Knowledgeable. Patient. Wonderful with our daughter.
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.
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!
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.Show More
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.Show More
Polina is a wonderful teacher She is extremely well qualified and a joy to work with I always look forward to my lesson and she is very motivational She is also very patient and relates well to both children and adults Highly recommended
After my first piano lesson, Polina is easily the best teacher I could have hoped for. Extremely charismatic and excited to help YOU learn the piano. She puts a lot of effort into evaluation your learning style and will no doubt help you make tremendous strides! I'm stoked to continue taking lessons!Show More
Polina did a wonderful job teaching my daughter classical piano. She picked music that played to my daughter's strengths and brought her playing to a whole new level. She instilled a love of music and learning that continues now that she's in college.Show More
Wonderful, caring, upbeat, encouraging, positive teacher and extremely knowledgeable about classical piano. My son thrived as her student, advancing his playing proficiency into very difficult pieces while enjoying the actual lessons, the practice and the experience of playing the piano. If only he could have taken her to college with him this year (sigh)!Show More
Polina is a patient, caring and extremely competent piano teacher as well as a gifted accompaniest.
Dear Ms. DeCarlo, thank you for teaching my daughter. You are an amazing teacher and wonderful person. We give you five stars!
Polina is a great teacher! I absolutely loved my lessons. I'm in college now but soon I'm going to continue piano with Polina via Facetime. It looks like a good option for me because I don't want to go to anyone else. She is awesome!
My son has been taking piano lessons with Polina for the past five years. He really blossomed under her guidance. As a graduate from the renown State Conservatory in Belorussia, Polina is highly trained in the classical field. You will really get the quality of knowledge as she learned from the greatest masters in one of the leading music institutions of the world. If you are looking for a perfect combination of "firm and fun" teacher who will inspire your child---you are in the right place.Show More
Polina is a brilliant concert pianist and deeply experienced teacher. She is very patient with both kids and adults, beginners and advanced students. Polina's individual approach to each student makes them learn and improve fast. She helps her students develop the right texniques and use of dynamics as well as general appreciation for music. If you are looking for an inspirational teacher with easy going personality, Polina is the one!Show More
Wonderful teacher, very knowledgeable about classical piano, very patient with high expectations for improvement from her students. I would highly recommend Polina for piano lessons for students of all ages. I thoroughly enjoyed my lessons and learned a lot.Show More
Polina DeCarlo is an excellent teacher! She has helped me grow so much as a musician, challenging me with repetoire choices and building on my knowledge of scales and music theory. She always pushed me to be the best musician I could be--she truly taught me how to perform each piece. Last year, she helped me prepare for a college audition on piano, with great results--and I now attend SUNY Fredonia with piano as my primary instrument. She is a wonderful person to work with, and someone whom I now consider a great friend. I would highly recommend her--she is a teacher and musician of the highest caliber.Show More
Best teacher ever, patient , talented and knowledgeable.
I would like to thank Polina for the series of classical piano lessons I've taken recently. Polina is a fantastic teacher and a high class performer, and I'm really happy I had a chance to meet her!
I believe anyone can benefit from the teaching method Polina is practicing regardless of the student proficiency - from beginners to advanced performers. It was a pleasure for me to study classical piano courses under the guidance of such an intelligent & professional teacher! Without doubt, my playing technique has improved a lot and I have signed up for the next classes already.
Great teacher and fabulous musician!
Polina is professional, clever and gentile.
She represent the best skills of Russian pianistic school traditions and in the same time propose a very personal approach.
It was a chance for me to to meet her!
If you are motivated and serious you can be shure to make a big progresse with her and very quickly
I've studied Piano under Polina's direction for the last 8 years. I came to her with no previous musical experience at all. Since engaging her services she has motivated me to achieve personal performance goals I'd never dreamed possible and she has inspired me to commit to and be accepted by a prestigious music degree program in my local community. Polina's insightful and personal approach to teaching made me comfortable right from the start. Her guidance and pragmatic direction both inspired and challenged me to achieve these goals. From beginner to experienced performer, Polina has the personal and professional skills to help you achieve the pinnacle of your artistic potential.Show More
- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Classical music is my life passion and I am happy to introduce to my students the best of its piano compositions in styles from Baroque to contemporary. On the example of the chosen repertoire, we learn to define, compare and analyze the structure, harmony, theory and interpretation of classical compositions. Understanding of what was beyond the notes helps my students to discover the world of classical piano in the full aspect. Under my guidence you will be excited to learn to play more classical music than you ever did!
Piano Ma Muse, Fontainebleau, France
The ART of PIANO ~ music studio, Niskayuna, New York, U.S.A.
Louise DeFeo Parillo Piano Competition, Schenectady, New York, U.S.A.
Niskayuna School District, New York, U.S.A.
FUSS of Schenectady, New York, U.S.A.
Schenectady Choral Society, New York, U.S.A.
State School of Music No.10, Minsk, Belarus
State Opera Theatre, Minsk, Belarus
State School of Olympic Reserve, Minsk, Belarus
College of Saint-Rose, New York, U.S.A.
State Academy of Music, Minsk, Belarus
State Academy of Music, Minsk, Belarus
Fluent / Native Proficiency
State Academy of Music, Minsk, Belarus
Best of Lessons
Let Our Student Counselors Help You
We can match you with the perfect teacher and take care of all your scheduling needs.