Simon Karakulidi
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Simon Karakulidi

Simon K.

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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I was lucky enough to get a first-hand experience of both Western-American approach to the music theory and also Russian approach. In my teaching I try to combine both. My approach grows from my general dissatisfaction with how music theory is mainly taught in schools - useless rules, couple dull examples and that's it. I'm trying to explain to my students why the music evolved the way it did and why it is important.

When students request music theory lessons with me we first make a plan for what the student wants to learn about. Sometimes the basic understanding of how music works is enough but some people want to dive deeper than that and nothing makes me happier than that!

I'll be happy to develop an individual plan with you and help you navigate in this quite complicated world of harmony, counterpoint and musical for.

About Simon K.

Hello! I am a prize-winning classical pianist and a Masters of Music student at Yale. Prior to Yale I studied with the gold medalist of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Stanislav Ioudenitch, at Park University. I was raised in Russia where I went to the prep school at Moscow Conservatory.

I started teaching more than 5 years ago; most of my students have been people who had some prior experience with piano and theory, but I'm happy to start from scratch as well.

Before beginning our journey together, we will discuss your musical goals and expectations. Nothing makes me happier than to know that a student is willing to practice enough to achieve results! But if your time is limited and playing the piano or learning music theory is one of your many hobbies - that's fine too.

Although I am trained as a classical pianist, of course we can do any kind of music you like. I will make sure we are on the same page.

If you are interested in watching me play, please refer to my Youtube channel!


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10 Reviews
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Simon is a brilliant teacher who was able to break down tough concepts into sets of comprehensible steps. Highly recommend taking lessons with him!

Posted Oct 4, 2020
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Very talented and helpful. Would definitely recommend

Posted Sep 28, 2020
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When Simon asked me to write a review for him I was very happy to do so. I had the chance to work with Simon several years ago--I'm self taught and studying Jazz as a hobby. I needed some help with theory, and a friend of mine who loves his playing mentioned that he offers online theory lessons. I was really nervous to start studying with such a serious pianist, plus he's mostly a classical musician, but it turned out to be one of the best choices I made for my learning (alongside getting my new piano!) I took about a year of regular lessons and I left each one feeling more confident. Simon's a really cool guy too and keeps things fun! So glad he's finally advertising more, this guy is just an amazing teacher and you won't regret learning from him!!

Posted Sep 28, 2020
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Taking lessons with Simon has been so great! He's really funny and smart and he teaches me ways to practice and think about music that you can't get from most teachers. He's also basically a genius when he plays so it's really inspiring when he shows how do to stuff :D

Posted Sep 28, 2020
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Simon is a world-class musician with a deep intellect and effortless technique. He has wonderful interpretive ideas and brings his full expertise of the instrument to every detail. Students from the absolute beginner to those more advanced would benefit from his philosophy of playing.

Posted Sep 26, 2020
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Simon is the best teacher I’ve had so far. I wanted to learn to play some Christmas songs for my family and he adjusted to my needs perfectly. We actually had a lot of fun! He’s not an easy teacher for sure and he pushes me to be better than I thought I could be, but sometimes if I’m busy I let him know and he keeps it low key. He also infuses his lessons with some music theory. It was always boring before and it’s actually really satisfying with him! I would definitely recommend Simon to anyone looking for an inspiring experience.

Posted Sep 25, 2020
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I started working with Simon on Music Theory a little over a year ago. He turned out to be an amazing personality match for me— he matches the effort I give, and he never seems to get tired of explaining things, even when I feel dumb asking. He’s demanding but positive, and is an incredible musician too! It’s a joy to get to work with him. I feel like I have a much better grasp on how music works thanks to his instruction.

Posted Sep 25, 2020
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Fun, experienced, flexible. Not the cheapest guy out there but he is worth it.

Posted Sep 24, 2020
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I had piano lessons with Simon last year every week. It feels like all his energy gets invested in the student. I didn’t even know I can improve that fast! I definitely recommend, this guy is not wasting your money.

Posted Sep 24, 2020
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Simon has been of a tremendous help the past two years. I was a little bit scared by music theory in general and my work with him has transformed it in one of my favourite topics! Simon is a very structured teacher. Demanding but very flexible and adaptable to the students needs. 200% recommand it if you want to overcomes your fears of music theory!

Posted Feb 4, 2019

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Piano Teacher
Jan 2017 - Jan 2018

ICM Young Arts


Masters of Music
Aug 2020 - Present

Yale University

Bachelor or Music
Aug 2016 - May 2020

Park University



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency


1st Prize
Dec 2019

Wideman International Piano Competition

3rd prize
Nov 2019

Olga Kern International Piano Competition - Albuquerque, NM

Grand Prize
Mar 2019

Naftzger Competition

1st Prize
Jan 2019

The Ann & Charles Eisemann International Young Artists Competition

1st Prize
May 2015

Astana Piano Passion Piano Competition

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