Ariel Nathanson
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Ariel Nathanson

Traditional Piano

Ariel Nathanson, pianoAriel Nathanson is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance with a Pedagogy Emphasis at the University of Hartford's The Hartt School. She graduated summa cum laude from The George Washington University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music. In her time at GWU, Nathanson was both a Presidential Scholar in the Arts for piano and a recipient of the Steiner Scholarship in Music. She was also inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa honor society.

Before moving to Connecticut, Nathanson taught piano lessons both privately and at local music schools in the Greater Boston area. She teaches at HCD, Music & Arts in Avon, Conn., and maintains a private studio.

In addition to her teaching, Nathanson has had the opportunity to perform throughout the east coast of the United States as well as internationally, in Italy, Hungary, and the Czech Republic. In 2016, she was awarded Honorable Mention in the Cremona International Competition for Piano.

Presently, Nathanson is studying under the tutelage of Margreet (Maggie) Francis. In the past, her principal teachers included Barbro Dahlman, Steven Snitzer, Constantine Finehouse, Mana Tokuno, Ana Popa, and Marsha Starikov.

Teaching Philosophy

My mission as a teacher is to inspire life-long learning and curiosity in each and every student. I believe it is essential to focus on the student as an individual, encouraging enthusiasm, participation, and musicianship. In my opinion, a student’s enjoyment is crucial and facilitates successful piano lessons. In addition, I aim to develop skills in ear training and sight-reading while exposing my students to a variety of repertoire.