teaching

Tatiana offers private lessons out of her residence in Durham as well as over Skype. If you would like to take lessons from Tatiana or hire her for workshops, you can email her here. For information on the monthly Pinecone youth bluegrass jam that Tatiana facilitates, visit https://pinecone.org/content/youth-music-programs

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Tatiana is one of the most effective teachers I’ve encountered in traditional music. She’s able to provide a framework across a range of skill levels by introducing the basics of a tune, then augmenting that with hands-on discussion of bowing and possible variations, grounding it all in source recordings as well as historical and cultural context. The instinctive joy she finds in the fiddle is contagious.
— Missy Roser

Tatiana also teaches bluegrass fiddle at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in collaboration with the Carolina Bluegrass Band. As an instructor at UNC, Tatiana challengers her students to develop musical dialects within their playing, gaining a deeper understanding of what it means to be a bluegrass fiddler. What makes a particular bow stroke, or ornament sound like a bluegrass solo compared to an old time tune or a classical piece? Using the questions as a starting place, Tatiana helps her students build bluegrass vocabulary on their instruments.

Tatiana's teaching draws upon her performing experience as well as her academic background. Combining history with musical technique and stylistic commentary, she engages her students with how their music places them in the greater context of traditional music. She has taught at music camps such as the Rockygrass Academy and the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes and has presented about the history of old-time and bluegrass music at institutions such as Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina and El Institute Superior del Arte (ISA) in Havana, Cuba.