Dina Simanovich, Traditional Piano
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With a severe winter storm forecast to affect our area during Saturday night and Sunday, residential students are asked to postpone their return to campus to Monday afternoon or, for those whose class schedules allow, Tuesday. Students, please do not arrive on campus Sunday, and check back here throughout the storm's duration for the latest advisories. Those students whose travel arrangements do not allow for a return to campus on Monday or Tuesday will be permitted to arrive during the day on Saturday and will be able to access their residential space by ID swipe. (Please note that meal plans go into effect with the Sunday evening meal.)

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Dina Simanovich

traditional piano

Pianist Dina Simanovich holds a Master for Music from St. Petersburg Conservatory and a Bachelor of Music from St. Petersburg Music College in Russia. She has also earned diplomas as a piano soloist, piano instructor, and accompanist. Simanovich served on the St. Petersburg Music College Piano Faculty from 1980-1994. She has extensive dance accompanying experience. In 1999 and 2000 she was faculty at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Massachusetts. She was Senior accompanist with the Hartford Ballet, has played for Dance Connecticut, and has been an accompanist for The Hartt School Dance Division at the University of Hartford since 1994. Simanovich is also a solo performer and may be heard on several recordings with the Ropert Record Company, N.Y. She has been a member of the American Music Teacher Association since 1997 and The Hartt School Community Division piano faculty since 1999.

“My goals are to give my students knowledge in music culture, skills to play piano, and to teach them to love and feel music.”

Teaching Philosophy

While​ ​teaching,​ ​I​ ​use​ ​a​ ​traditional​ ​piano​ ​method that emphasizes a​ ​focus​ ​on​ ​technique​ ​(hand​ ​and​ ​finger positioning),​ ​knowledge​ ​of​ ​the​ ​notes​ ​(ability​ ​to​ ​read​ ​and​ ​play​ ​music),​ ​and,​ ​most importantly,​ ​teaching​ ​my​ ​students​ ​to​ ​feel​ ​and​ ​understand​ ​music and​ ​make the piano​ ​sound beautiful.​ ​I​ ​also​ ​talk​ ​with​ ​them​ ​about​ ​music​ ​history,​ ​theory,​ ​styles,​ ​musical​ ​periods, forms,​ ​composers,​ ​and,​ ​especially,​ ​about​ ​the​ ​music​ ​they​ ​learn​ ​and​ ​play.