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Over Catarina T.
Welcome to my profile. I am Catarina and I teach the piano. The piano is known as the most complete musical instrument of all. This is because when playing it we can get all kinds of characters and sounds: very deep basses or super soft high notes; delicate melodies or dense harmonies (almost like an orchestra sometimes). This is one of the reasons why I love to play the piano, its versatility adapts to my everyday mood.
I would love to show you the wonders we can create with this amazing instrument!
Every student is different, and by saying this I mean that I prepare every lesson specifically for each student. Some might be more shy, others might need more time to acknowledge some questions.
I believe that music (much like everything else) should be taught with patience and motivation.
You shouldn’t feel like you’re going against time, it should be the opposite. As a teacher, I always give priority to your motivation and excitement regarding the lesson’s activity. If I see that a student is not enjoying the lesson I have to improvise and turn it around.
When teaching, the most important thing for me is that you learn while having fun.
In my lessons we do a little full-body warm up to prevent injuries.
At the end of the lesson, I usually save a few minutes for the student to decide what he/she wants to do: maybe a little 4-hand improvisation, or maybe play a piece they have already learned and that they enjoy playing.
Most of my studies and experience as a teacher took place in Portugal. I completed my Bachelor Degree in Piano Performance in 2019. In the same year I was invited to collaborate in two Music Conservatories as a piano teacher and as an accompanying pianist.
I moved to The Netherlands in 2020 to attend to the Master Program in Classical Music, more specifically Chamber Music. Chamber Music allows us musicians to share what we love the most: music.
For me, everything in this life should be shared, and that also applies to my mind-set for music lessons.
It is very important to share experiences with my students, and it also very important that you feel at ease with me so that you can share your thoughts and feelings.
My academic studies were built on classical music but I also have some experience in pop and rock music.
I used to play in a band when I was a teenager, and nowadays I still play those styles when I’m hired for a wedding or a similar ceremony.
I hope this motivates you to study piano with me! Looking forward to seeing you soon during your first lesson!