Sima Brodsky, Traditional Piano
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Sima Brodsky

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Sima Brodsky, Traditional Piano
  • Education: M.M., The Hartt School, Piano Performance; B.M., New England Conservatory of Music, Piano Performance
  • Studies with Gabriel Chodos, Anne Koscielny, and Raymond Hanson
  • Former visiting artist, Trinity College
  • Former faculty, New England Conservatory Extension Division
  • Former faculty of Miss Porter's School
  • Connecticut State Music Teachers Association member and Hartford Chapter President (2001-2004)
  • Hartford Music Teachers Alliance board member, and president since 2017
  • Hartt Community Division faculty member since 1984

Teaching Philosophy

In my teaching I aim to help every student reach his or her potential. Students come in all kinds. They each have their unique and individual qualities, needs, and abilities. My job is to nurture them through teaching, and bring out the best in each and every one of them. I set the bar high, and I teach by example of my own hard work. The students know that I won’t give them false praise and are genuinely rewarded when they accomplish something new. I have a relaxed environment of respect and mutual trust in my studio. We work intensively, make decisions together (with my guidance), and set goals as a team to reach the highest caliber they’re able to produce. We also have fun and laughter doing it!

Every lesson in my studio includes technique, as well as the repertoire the students are working on. We often visit theory, form and analysis, stylistic traits of the composer, as well as the historical period. Every lesson includes a performance at various levels. We play back and forth, and sometimes together. 

I provide many performance opportunities for my students through master classes and recitals both in house and in the community. Those that are interested, and qualified, participate in competitions at various levels. My students have won numerous top awards in local, state, and national piano competitions. The concerto competitions winners have performed with the area orchestras, as well as the Hartford Symphony Orchestra.

It’s very important to me to help my students teach themselves, and learn to work independently. They learn how to problem solve, research, think, and use their ears as their best guide. I treat my students as intelligent, capable musicians who I believe are eager to learn and grow.