Victor Kovacs Jr.

Victor K.

Cincinnati, OH

About Victor K.

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Victor teaches: Ages 5 to 90
Teaching since: May 2004
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Overview

I received my Bachelor of Music Degree in Organ Performance from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in June of 2010, studying under Dr. Roberta Gary. I have completed all the coursework for the Master of Music Degree in Organ Performance. I will receive the degree in late 2014 or early 2015 after performing one more solo recital.

I began playing the piano at the age of 5, later moving to the organ at 9. I have held a church job since then, working in multiple different denominations and settings. I have a strong background of piano, accompanying, theory, sacred liturgy, and musical performance. I enjoy studying and listening to many genres of music as well as performing them. I am very interested in historically informed performance and understanding different techniques as they are related to the composition style of different time periods.

I enjoy working with students of all ages. Regardless of your ability, age, or experience, I will work with you. We can work out a plan for lesson times, intensity of practice and work, and tailor the lesson to the right pace for you.

*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons tend to be tailored to the needs of individual students. I am not as much a fan of a strict curriculum that I use on each student. For beginners, one can expect to be given method books to get them moving in the right direction. As one advances, we eventually move on to repertoire. I take an approach to lessons that emphasizes total body awareness and high level mental awareness. The most important thing anyone can learn in music is that it isn't just about the right notes; it isn't about the right rhythm. It is about the complete musicianship and the complete awareness needed to truly understand and perform a work of music. In order to make this approach work, my strictness as a teacher varies depending on the level of devotion the student is willing to put forth. After six months with me as a teacher, expect to notice changes in the way you see music and comprehend your technique at the keyboard.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect students to purchase their own music. For beginners with method books, I have these available to the students to purchase from me.

*** Specialties ***
I am very highly trained in performance practices of the Baroque era, especially on the organ. I am also very specialized in body movement and efficient keyboard technique. I also have a lot of experience in the Romantic repertoire of the piano. Lastly, I am also well trained as an accompanist on both the organ and the piano.

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Experience

Organist

Feb 2015 - Present
Shiloh Church UCC

Music Director

Jan 2012 - Aug 2014
St. Gertrude Parish - Cincinnati, Ohio

Director of Music Ministry

Apr 2008 - Jan 2012
The Episcopal Church of the Ascension - Middletown, Ohio

Organist/Pianist

Jan 2006 - Apr 2008
Memorial United Presbyterian Church - Xenia, Ohio

Organist

Dec 2003 - Jan 2007
Old Troy Pike Community Church - Huber Heights, Ohio

Organist for all weddings and special events.

Organist/Choirmaster

Sep 2003 - Jan 2006
Holy Trinity Episcopal Church - Madiera, Ohio

Education

Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance

Sep 2006 - Jun 2010
University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music

Languages Spoken

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

German

Professional Proficiency

Awards

Organ Lesson Scholarship

Mar 2005
Cincinnati Chapter of the American Guild of Organists
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8 Reviews on Victor K.

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Nicholas S. Jul 11, 2016
Music Theory · In studio
Verified Student
I have enjoyed working with Victor. He is very knowledgeable about the music in particular the Baroque period. He brings a very good perspective that has enriched my understanding of early music. I can say clearly that one leaves sessions with a desire to learn more and with an understanding of music as serious branch of human study rather than something that is simply fun (in the sense of being mundane amusement).
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Lisa O. Apr 24, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Victor is an amazing teacher and we have loved working with him for many years now. He taught all 3 of my boys at all different levels and they all progressed very well in piano. He has also served as accompanist for my son who plays the trumpet. I highly recommend Victor as an amazing teacher for all levels who truly wants to help the kids learn.
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Dennis W. Mar 7, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Victor is gifted in teaching. I feel that playing the piano and teaching the piano are two separate gifts. Victor is gifted with both abilities. If you are hesitating because your not sure whom you would like to choose, choose Victor you will not be sorry.
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Caroline Jan 7, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Victor was great with my five year old daughter. He is very personable and patient. My daughter enjoyed the lesson and is practicing every day!
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Riley Dec 18, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Awesome teacher!
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Finnegan S. Sep 23, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
My son loves his lessons and looks forward it each week!
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RUTH B. May 22, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Very satisfied with the first day lessons. It was as expected. Thank you.
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Robin S. Sep 17, 2014
Piano · In home
Verified Student
I have 3 kids who take lessons from Victor. The kids have very different personalities and abilities. Victor adjusts his teaching style to each child and they have each improved dramatically. Victor is flexible and easy to work with. All three love him.
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