Where are Lessons Offered
In Teacher Studio
In Student Home
Mrs. Natalya Hennings (Dambuyeva) is a Russian classical pianist/teacher, who studied under the tutelage of Albina B. Vikulina-a prominent pianist and respected piano teacher in Ulan-Ude, Buryatia, Russia. Natalya was a participant of regional piano competitions for talented youth, represented her music school by performing at the Rebublic Buryatia Television Network.
Mrs. Natalya Hennings has been teaching piano for15 years. Her first student- Andrew Landry was able to play the Prelude in C# Minor of Rachmaninoff and the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy from the Nutcracker Suite of Tchaikovsky after studying for only three years, and was accepted to the School of Music, Piano Performance program at the University of Southern Maine. She has taught privately at her studio, in students homes and at Tune Town Music Gear music school in Wells, ME. Natalya has served as an accompanist for Sanford Jr. High School in Maine, played as a pianist at church, she has performed at Sonnenberg Mansion & Gardens Museum for several seasons, accompanied a local soloist at Festival of Trees at Granger Homestead.
At present, Natalya is serving as the church pianist for Chapin United Methodist Church in Chapin, NY.
Natalya is an enthusiastic and devoted teacher who teaches using the European piano method with Russian piano school influence.
This teaching is all about instilling in students love and excitement for music, while making sure they learn piano skills thoroughly and methodically, particularly: developing muscular strength, correct fingering, right posture, good sight reading, understanding music theory, musicality through tedious work of playing scales, arpeggios, technical exercises of Hanon, Czerny, and working on classical masterpieces from the beginning. Beginners will start with Nikolaev's Book 1 through 2 and Hanon, very soon they will study scales in four octaves, arpeggios, chords, and later work on varies classical pieces according to their level and personal taste.
After learning piano for at least 3-4 years, students will be able to play works of the great pianists/ composers like Mozart, Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Tchaikovsky, Schubert, Schumann and others - indeed, on the assumption of having practiced piano regularly and sufficiently (no less then 45 min. a day).
My Musical Education Background
Natalya studied for seven years at Zagorsk Music School for Youth of Ulan-Ude, Buryat Republic of Russia where she received a well-rounded thorough classical training. She has been playing piano for over 30 years, and teaching for 15 years.
Genres and Subjects Taught
30- min. lessons are provided to first-year beginners ages 6-8 only - $15
45- min. lessons are for students of late-elementary & early-intermediate level- $20.00
60- min. lessons are for students of early-intermediate & late-intermediate level-$30.00
within 12 miles-45 min. lesson- $45
60 min. lesson-$55
between 12-25 miles from my studio- 45 min. lesson-$ 65
60 min. lesson-$ 75
Ages / Skill Levels Taught
6 years and over
My Certifications and Awards
Certificates of Excellency from the Zagorsk Music School of Youth, 1976. Member of Rochester Piano Teachers' Guild.
My Musical Influences
Natalya was influenced by pedagogue of a prominent musician and piano teacher Albina B. Vikulina and her colleges, graduates of Tchaikovsky State Music College of Buryatia, Russia.
"I returned to piano lessons after a fifteen year break. As a mother of two small children my time was limited, but I wanted to start playing again. Natalya worked well with me and my schedule, and after just a few months of playing my fingers began to remember what to do! She taught me so much in the one year we spent together, more than I had learned in the ten years I had spent studying with different teachers. She challenged me and believed in me and made me want to progress and play beautiful, classical music. I highly recommend Natalya. Anyone who is her student is fortunate to have such a dedicated professional, and the best part... when she plays her beautiful music for you!"