Traditional Piano; Collaborative Pianist: Dance
HCD Dance, HCD MusicHartt Community Division
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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.
While teaching, I use a traditional piano method that emphasizes technique (hand and finger positioning), mastering 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 educate them about music history, theory, styles, musical periods, forms, composers, and, especially, about the music they learn and play.