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Mina Furmansky

Sunnyvale CA | 94086

About me

In the course of 28 years of piano teaching experience, I've learned, that studying music is a vital part of a person’s education. Creating music at the piano involves the development of both physical coordination and the mental ability to read, understandand interpret the music.
By combining the physical and mental skills with emotion - the love of
music – the piano becomes one of the most personal means of human communication and
expression.

Specialties

My style of teaching is based on a combination of keyboard techniques, which are dedicated to
the artistry of making beautiful music in conjunction with proper hand and body posture.
Besides learning the rudimentary skills of rhythm, note reading and fingering patterns, the most
important element in music making is the ability to listen and execute the specificl tone qualities,
colors and nuances to create the expressive interpretation of the music. My goal is to teach the
student’s ear to do more than simply hear the music, but to understand the composer’s intent
and then listen and choose to play with great sensitivity and character.
The foundations of my teaching philosophy are:
Primary goal: to teach the student how to learn; more specifically, the skills of home practicing.
Empowerment is the key to motivation. The strongest motivation for success is success, which
can be achieved through focused home practice, supported by parental encouragement and
guidance.
Piano lessons should be exciting and challenging. They are a privilege, not a punishment or a
requirement.
Studying and playing the piano are not always easy, but it always should be satisfying.
Learning to play the piano requires a significant investment in time and commitment on the part
of the student and the parent(s). I am committed to providing effective and knowledgeable
instruction, suited to the individual, in an atmosphere of positive encouragement.
Practicing, completing theory assignments and participating in studio activities and recitals are to
have the same high priority as school homework.
I am a performance-oriented piano teacher. I encourage, prepare and require students to
perform on the formal and informal piano parties at my studio. Making music is a joy for the
student, parents and the teacher. The student’s rewards include creative expression, accomplishment, self-confidence and self-exploration!

Lesson details

Lessons are given once or twice a week, depends on the age, at my studio.
Emphasis on reading musical notation, learning to deal with the full range of rhythmical patterns and musical styles, and developing technique that will enable you to play almost any type of music from Baroque to Jazz.
Ear training, sight reading and music theory.
These lessons are fun! Students acquire skills that enable them to play with the elegance and ease, leading to a personal enjoyment of music.
When students are ready they may join a more formal Performance Class, which offers the opportunity to play on-stage twice a year before a live audience.

Education and Accreditation

Mina Furmansky is originally from Vilnius, Lithuania. She had her first piano lesson at the age of 6 and by age 7 had been accepted for early training at a school of music and art in Vilnius. Mina studied piano while her identical twin sister Ida studied violin as they performed in competitions and recitals throughout their school years.
Mina studied music theory, voice and chamber music for 8 years until, as a teenager, she and her family became part of the great immigration from the Soviet Union to Israel. In 1977 she entered the University of Tel Aviv and was accepted into its Rubin Academy of Music studying piano performance and music pedagogy under Edith Kraus and Irena Andrievskaya graduating with her bachelor’s degree in 1983.
Mina began her career teaching piano, keyboards and organ in the classroom and in private lessons in Israel. She came to the United States and, since settling in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1990, she has taught private students from school age to adults. Mina is a longstanding member of the Music Teachers Association of California and has been qualified to prepare students for the Association’s Certificate of Merit examination since 1999.

Testimonials

Experience

more than 20 years

Rates

$50 - $59

Availability

Monday 9am - 9pm
Tuesday 9am - 9pm
Wednesday 9am - 9pm
Thursday 9am - 9pm
Friday 9am - 9pm
Saturday N/A - N/A
Sunday N/A - N/A

Teaching location

Teachers Studio

Genre

Classical
Contemporary
Jazz
Performance
Rhythm and Blues

Methods

Clark Method
Faber and Faber
Royal Conservatory of Music
Thompson Method

Instruments and Subjects

piano

Levels taught

Beginner
Intermediate
Advanced

Type of students

Children
Young Adults
Adults

Languages

English
Hebrew
Russian

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