Nadya Klimenko | Instructor Bio

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  • What is your teaching philosophy?

    Be patient with yourself, listen well, and learn from one another.

    How long have you been teaching music? At Youth Music Project?

    This is my first year working in the field and at Youth Music Project. Music and education are my two great loves. Anything I can do to spark or expand students’ interest in music brings me great joy. Relatedly, I’ve served as a radio host, an arts reporter, a bandleader, and a film director.

    What is your favorite thing about teaching music?

    Watching the kids’ self-consciousness melt away. I love most when they lose themselves in the process of making music. When learning becomes neither tedious nor demanding, but a curiosity.

    What do you expect of your students in classes/lessons?

    I expect them to be kind to one another, to be willing to make mistakes, and to bring their great creativity and imagination along.

  • Nadya first began piano lessons at age four. She has been singing ever since she could hold a tune and has studied vocals, piano, and guitar both privately and in groups though high school. As a musician, she is primarily a singer. She has been in medieval choirs, Balkan a cappella groups, soul bands, and Russian folk duos. Nadya has also been a bandleader and musical director. She plays guitar, piano, and a bit of uke. Nadya has always been passionate about merging her love of music and storytelling. She grew up listening to Putumayo world music and has DJ’d on radio stations, sharing her love of ethnomusicology. As someone raised in a Russian household, who’s lived in four countries, and who spoke Russian and Spanish since age three, Nadya is always an advocate of multilingual musical education. Listening, playing, and enjoying music is a lifelong gift that no one can ever take away from you.

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