Polina De Carlo

Polina D.

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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Individual lessons I teach are thoroughly developed to advance students' skills in reading, technique & theory, as well as to enrich music appreciation by exploring compositions of variety of styles & genres. Built on the best combination of Russian & European traditions in music education, my teaching method is intended to discover the internal abilities & approach to an instrument, & master performing techniques.

About Polina D.

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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Veronica
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Polina is an amazing teacher. I learned so much in my first lesson. She's encouraging but honest, which is perfect for those who want real feedback to improve. Can't wait for my next lesson!

Posted Feb 17, 2020
Lynn
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Only a few times in your lifetime, you come across a person who changes your perspective. Polina is such a person. She introduced to music that I can create by myself. Music of grand masters which I attempt to play and eventually perfect. When Polina teaches, all things come easier. Her encouragement, her patience, her helpful hints make you feel like you are her best student. You learn, you improve and you succeed. Every lesson is enjoyable and you cannot wait for the next.

Posted Dec 5, 2019
Torry
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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.

Posted Jun 29, 2019
Hardy
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She is a great teacher ! She is the best!

Posted May 7, 2019
Lily
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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.

Posted Dec 7, 2018
Rich
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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.

Posted Jul 1, 2018
Andrew
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Very very good piano teacher, best piano player I've met and she teaches very well. Very encouraging to!

Posted Jun 22, 2018
Paul R
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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.

Posted Jun 21, 2018
Marla
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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.

Posted Apr 23, 2018
Lily
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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.

Posted Mar 29, 2018
Sky
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Polina is wonderful and friendly. My daughter has loved her lessons and has been more confident with singing since she started.

Posted Dec 28, 2017
Ella Y.
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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.

Posted Dec 1, 2017
Fan
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Polina inspires me on different genres, articulation on Bach WTK, flowing and rubato on Debussy, and joyful expression on Mozart, etc

Posted Nov 19, 2017
Lynn
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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!

Posted Nov 8, 2017
Nicole
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Polina est un excellent professeur, d'une grande écoute, ses remarques sont toujours faites avec beaucoup de gentillesse

Posted Nov 5, 2017
Eliana & Julia R.
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We were so impressed by Polina's warmth, talent, and professionalism. Thank you!

Posted Nov 4, 2017
Paul
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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!!!

Posted Nov 2, 2017
Renee
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Polina is absolutely fantastic!

Posted Nov 2, 2017
Alisha
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Great first lesson experience. Excited to learn more, and the teacher is very nice!

Posted Sep 19, 2017
ben
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Polina is an amazing instructor.

Posted Aug 29, 2017
Shawn
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Posted Aug 15, 2017
Beth
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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.

Posted Jul 27, 2017
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Posted Jun 1, 2017
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Posted May 31, 2017
Ariannah F.
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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.

Posted May 26, 2017
Nicholas
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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.

Posted May 10, 2017
Framk
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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.

Posted May 9, 2017
Katerina
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Great teacher! Very professional!

Posted May 9, 2017
Nick
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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.

Posted May 9, 2017
Michael B.
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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

Posted May 9, 2017
Patty O.
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Polina is a great teacher.
Having the appointment at her home has worked out great!!

Posted Jan 6, 2017
Antonia W.
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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.

Posted Nov 25, 2016
Roopa R.
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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!!

Posted Oct 6, 2016
Sonya
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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.

Posted Jul 30, 2016
Andrew
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Polina is knowledgeable and very good at explaining everything.

Posted Apr 26, 2016
Natalie B.
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Encoraging and helpful

Posted Apr 6, 2016
Matthew D.
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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.

Posted Feb 12, 2016
Stephanie
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Knowledgeable. Patient. Wonderful with our daughter.

Posted Feb 9, 2016
Kate
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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.

Posted Jan 17, 2016
Josh
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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!

Posted Dec 22, 2015
Chris
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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.

Posted Dec 22, 2015
Maggie
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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.

Posted Nov 22, 2015
Robert
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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

Posted Nov 12, 2015
James F.
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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!

Posted Nov 3, 2015
Roslyn
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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.

Posted Oct 30, 2015
Annalisa
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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)!

Posted Oct 30, 2015
Stan
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Polina is a patient, caring and extremely competent piano teacher as well as a gifted accompaniest.

Posted Oct 29, 2015
Anne A.
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Dear Ms. DeCarlo, thank you for teaching my daughter. You are an amazing teacher and wonderful person. We give you five stars!

Posted Oct 26, 2015
Nina C.
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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!

Posted Oct 8, 2015
Jennifer
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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.

Posted Sep 29, 2015
Angelina
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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!

Posted Sep 28, 2015
Richard
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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.

Posted Sep 27, 2015
Olivia
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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.

Posted Sep 27, 2015
Andrew
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Best teacher ever, patient , talented and knowledgeable.

Posted Sep 27, 2015
Yury
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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.

Posted Sep 7, 2015
Dimitri
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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

Posted Sep 5, 2015
Don
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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.

Posted Sep 5, 2015

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Experience

Project Manager
Jul 2019 - Present

Piano Ma Muse, Fontainebleau, France

Owner, Artistic Director, Music Manager, Piano Instructor
Sep 2002 - Present

The ART of PIANO ~ music studio, Niskayuna, New York, U.S.A.

Adjudicator
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.

Accompanist
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

Concertmeister
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

Education

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

Master of Arts in Music Education
Sep 1992 - Jun 1997

State Academy of Music, Minsk, Belarus

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

French, Italian

Limited Proficiency

Russian

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Performer, Concertmeister, Chamber Ensemble Artist, Teacher of Special Piano
Jun 1997

State Academy of Music, Minsk, Belarus

Awards

Best of Lessons
Jul 2018

Best of Lessons

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