Hi Eliana, can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got into learning the piano?
I originally come from Latvia where I started to play the piano when I was 5 years old. I graduated from the Jelgava Music School in classical piano playing before I got into jazz singing which I'm studying at the moment at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.
What is your favourite style to play?
As I'm a singer, I most often accompany myself on the piano. But in my free time I love practising music by Debussy and Chopin.
Who is your biggest musical inspiration and why?
It is difficult to choose one musician but I'm always inspired by people who love what they do and are genuine. When you find something that moves you and you're honest - there is nothing that can stop you. :)
Where can students watch you play/sing?
I post about my upcoming gigs in London on my instagram page @elianasanda.
How would you describe your teaching style?
My teaching method is to focus on developing good technique, appropriate repertoire and a good understanding of music theory. I am very patient and caring in my approach and I always try to support my students by making the environment in the lessons friendly and open. I focus on keeping my lessons fun and most importantly - my students interested. It is crucial for me to find ways of teaching that would suit each of my students and their interests the best.
And finally, what advice would you give to people who have just started learning or want to learn the piano?
I strongly believe that everyone can play an instrument or sing regardless of their musical ability, if they have a will. Learning an instrument is hard work but it is also super fun, so just take it step by step and enjoy the wonderful process of learning music! Trust me - it can be life-changing :)
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