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Iliana Nikolova, MMus

Sunnyvale CA | 94089

About me

Iliana Nikolova is a Bay area piano teacher with a studio located in Sunnyvale, CA. She teaches all levels, including beginner, Certificate of Merit program preparation, Royal Conservatory Achievement Program (RCM) preparation and college preparatory. Iliana teaches lessons for children as well as adults.

With multiple competition wins and performances with major Bulgarian orchestras, as well as at North American venues, Iliana has a wealth of experience ready to be shared with her pupils.


Iliana welcomes students regardless of age or ability. Only enthusiasm and dedication are required. Lessons are personalized, maximizing the benefit for each student.

Lesson details

Iliana structures lessons to maximize the development of musical abilities in each student. She doesn't take shortcuts when teaching because she wants her students to become well-rounded and mature musicians with a real appreciation for music.

For young children, Iliana bases her teaching on the Faber and Francis Clark books. She has found that these books provide an excellent foundation for new students.

As students advance Iliana moves them away from book methods, and instead focuses more on the standard piano repertoire. The repertoire studied can be based on the Certificate of Merit or the Royal Conservatory Achievement syllabi , or it can be structured around a student's interests.

Students are given the opportunity of showcasing their skills at twice yearly concerts. Performing is an excellent opportunity for children to develop their self-confidence, and provides the benefit of a clear goal for practicing.

Education and Accreditation

Diploma in Piano Pedagogy, Veselin Stoyanov School of Music in Ruse, Bulgaria;
Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Piano Performance, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, under Jane Coop, one of Canada's most prominent and distinguished pianists.


Iliana is supportive and good spirited. I always look forward to my piano lessons with her!
Saphren Ma, 8...

Iliana is a gem! I am so glad that my daughter is in such knowledgeable and competent hands. Iliana teaches all the...

Fantastic teacher. She knows her stuff. I learned more in two weeks of her class than all first semester.

Iliana is a very patient and enthusiastic piano teacher. She has been very helpful. She taught me the proper way of...

Taking lessons for just over one year with Iliana I feel I have progressed much further than I ever would learning...

Iliana, you inspired me to continue with piano. You are an awesome teacher.
Douglas College student feedback...


more than 10 years


$50 - $59


Monday 9am - 8pm
Tuesday 9am - 8pm
Wednesday 9am - 8pm
Thursday 9am - 8pm
Friday 9am - 8pm

Teaching location

Teachers Studio




Canada Conservatory
Clark Method
Faber and Faber

Instruments and Subjects

theory – analysis
theory – harmony
theory – music history
theory – rudiments

Levels taught


Type of students

Young Adults



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