Tanya Otto in Above Piano Lessons Studio in Clearview, WA

I attended the School of Music at the age of five and studied piano as my primary instrument. Afterwards I graduated in Russia from the Ust-Kamenogorsk Music College and the Ural State Conservatory with honors as a pianist and musicologist. I engaged in a full course of study that included solo piano performance,class in accompaniment, piano and chamber ensembles, music history, solfeggio, music theory, harmony and earned my Master's degree in music.

I started to work as a private piano instructor in the 1980s. At the same time as a pianist and accompanist I played numerous solo and chamber recitals with faculty students of music colleges and the Ural State conservatory. Since 1990 I have been teaching at the Tchaikovsky Music College. I taught piano, solfeggio, harmony, analyses of form, music literature, music theory and history, ethnomusicology to undergraduate students. Moreover, I prepared students, enrolling in the Tchaikovsky Music college, Ural and Moscow State conservatories and St. Petersburg Art Academy. For the 1990s and early 2000s I wrote and published numerous textbooks, supplements to courses, programs and etc, which were used by faculty and students. At the Tchaikovsky Music College I orchestrated workshops to music teachers of county schools about classical and contemporary music. At the same time I attended a variety of National workshops and Conferences, studied with Dr. Basok, Dr. Shebalina and Dr. Mogenshtein at the Ural State Conservatory.

After moving to the US in 2007 I was a pianist with the Lake Washington singers for few years; then I got focused on teaching the piano and music theory at my home studio. As an active member of the MNTA (Music Teachers National Association) I’ve attended many conferences and workshops and have given various presentations. A lot of my students participate in the RCP (Royal Conservatory Program) where they have taken exams and received Certificates of Excellence for regional and state.

I love what I do and believe that you, music and I can be friends.