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during sunset time at R. Gutman Piano Studio
A FEW WORDS ON PIANO TEACHING PHILOSOPHY PERSONALLY FROM ROZALINA GUTMAN
Incoming students and their parents are usually encouraged to discuss the following and other educational topics during the Introductory Lesson/interview: I view the teaching of music both as the Art and as the Science. And, I am always very glad to share my excitement about the creative process of music making with those who are eager to learn. Music is that invaluable tool that allows multitasking challenges that provide workout for the brain that is incomparable to any other activities, while providing immidiate satisfaction, yet offering endless oppportunities for self-growth. And, the piano playing in particular allows for 10 fingers engagement in simultaneous, challenging, yet exciting activity of the satisfying with complexities emotional expression. I enjoy observing my students to be surprised about discovering their own limitless abilitiesmto be able to do something extraordinary that is not usually expected of pianists of their level/age - both technically and artistically, defying common expectations of their abilitie.
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I feel fortunate to have direct lineage to the piano playing tradition that is known internationally as 'The Russian Piano School'. And, I am always glad to be able to pass onto my students mysterious combination of the skill and vast knowledge, acquired through many years of formal training, that involves secrets of famed "Russian" piano technique and interpretation style, passed through one-on-one interaction with my private teachers as well as with some of my renowned friends and colleagues.
And, of course, I feel most satisfied seeing my students developing the passion for true and heartfelt expression, that has been internationally recognized both in Russia and throughout the world as a symbol of highest achievement in Music and other Performing Arts.
Ms. R. Gutman, Chair & Founder of Original Composition Prize, presents diplomas and monetary awards to the winners of YAA
Also, being passionate about the cause, I've volunteered multitude of hours engaged colleagues, as well as local and Int'l rank celebrities, in order to create events that inspire and present rewarding opportunities for students's creative development. (for more info, please, click on button "SUPPORTING ARTS EDUCATORS"
I see my interaction with each student as a process of assisting their unique talents to flourish, helping each of them to strive to their own highest potential and to reach their own personal goals.
Most of my lessons combine a great variety of aspects, such as building both strong notation reading skills and developing the ability to play from memory, as well as the finest technique (demystify for beginners of all ages and advanced students), musical expression, theory and analysis, composition of their own original music, stage presence, fine as well as fun details of interpretation, etc.
My students also learn to enjoy listening to music with certain understanding as if they perceive both the masterpiece paintings' details and general form. I strive to present each lesson in a form of synergetic experience that appeals to Multiple Intelligences ("Multiple Intelligencies" by Howard Gardner) of the student. That is why, along with unexpected technical achievements, my students demonstrate creative interpretive renditions of sophisticated music (such a movement of Mozart Concerto performed by 8 y.o. girl, etc.)
One of the 1st rules my students (and even their parents) learn is that the word "difficult" is simply not allowed at my Studio. (And, I hope, all my students carry on this attitude dealing with everything in their lives.) Starting from such positive foundation, I enjoy engaging my students in the search for the creative solutions, often yielding most outstanding results. Children often have natural openness to such "Invitation for the Magic".
On the other hand, one of the main challenges in acquiring such new and exciting attitude for the child's over all development - is having parents of students (particularly those of young age) to be psychologically ready for their children's unusual success as well as to provide important adequate nurturing and inspirational support, custom-tailored in close collaboration with the teacher. I admire all my students' efforts to achieve their own potential, as well as to develop the deeply satisfying mastery that in turn, can lead to the endless personal enjoyment and inspiration to be shared with their grateful listeners: school mates, friends, relatives, and for some - maybe to even large audiences. Each of my students learns at her/his own pace and it is satisfying to see how the music positively transforms someone's personality a little bit at the time. (With that in mind I carefully choose my Assistant Teacher(s). )
Imagination is the key to success
My personal experience of serving as Adjudicator for Certificate of Merit Exam in various San Francisco Bay Area Branches of Music Teachers Association of CA was quite revealing - I've observed that many piano teachers (surprisingly incl. even those with well-established reputation) promote such unfortunate technique methods and approaches that are highly unproductive and even harmful for the students, who otherwise possess promising abilities for significant success in piano performance. Also, I've witnessed how some teachers' approach lacks the emphasis on creativity and effort to consider the subject of affinity to the assigned music for the child. As the result, quite often children may loose interest and most unfortunately - they and their parents may develop the belief that they are not capable of making music.
[CLICK ON IMAGE TO SEND YOUR QUIZ ANSWER AND COLLECT THE REWARD POINTS].Fragrant & inspiring climbing rose "Charisma" blooms at the entrance of R. Gutman Piano Studio.
I take great pride in my students' success and encourage them to share the gift of music making by performing in various settings, starting from informal Studio recitals for their parents and friends and community/retirement centers presentations as well as playing with local orchestras, formal auditions, exams, competitions (Congratulations! to many winners), State conventions and master classes with well known musicians.
In addition to learning about music, majority of my students succeed in developing useful learning skills and approaches (such as ability to concentrate, multitasking, abstract thinking, memory, patience, creative resolution of problem situations, imagination, public performance and leadership skills) that determine success in other areas of life. Some of my students chose Music to be their Major of Minor in college, some will major in other subjects, yet carrying on the joy of the music making through out their life time - to their teacher's great pride and satisfaction.
No sunset over the San Francisco Bay is the same and each is inspiring in its own way...
I've taught students of various levels and ages - both adults and children, advanced performers and beginners with no previous experience. Without knowing, each student teaches me something new and important too. Sometimes, I feel very grateful to some students, who inspire me to compose music with them, for them or about them.
I feel very fortunate to be able to share a lovely spacious Studio space in North Berkeley Hills with soothing view of the Bay, as well as my antique Steinway Grand piano, Model A, made in 1924, and a teaching upright piano, that is used for the lessons with beginners and for practicing concerto scores. There are lots of surprises in the Studio and in the surrounding garden that may often become a source of inspiration for music making for the little promising piano aficionados and those who carry the love for music through their entire lives.
(Please, go to the bottom of the page to see some fun and useful info about exploring various points of interest, such as Tilden park, La Loma-Glendale park, useful shopping areas, etc., that are located close to the Piano Studio.)
Please, go to page "ABOUT THE FOUNDER" to read biographical info about Ms. Rozalina Gutman.
With Scholarship students & Michael Morgan, Oakland Symphony Conductor (click on the image for the link), Family Fair'02
With world's most sought pianist Arcadi Volodos (click on image for his interview) after performance at SF Davis Symphony Hall
Yakov Kasman (click image to go to his website), Silver Medalist of 10th Van Cliburn Int'l Competition with Natasha Paremsky at the Master Class, at R. Gutman Piano Studio
Student Original Compositions Costume Recital, Halloween'02
Spring Student Recital at the R. Gutman Piano Studio
With the composer, Grammy Award Winner, Daniel Steven Crafts (click on image for the website link) and Stephanie M., 6 y.o., Scholarship recipient, after premiering his Concertino for piano & orchestra.
With recipients of MTAC Discovery Scholarship at the SF Opera “Nutcracker” performance, 12.2003
Studio Recital, dedicated to the students’ original compositions, during the 10th Youth Festival at Berkeley Art Center
Aydin Eskafi, 5 y.o., Scholarship recipient, at the lesson
With Leon Zhang, Scholarship Recipient, winner of Jr. Bach Festival Audition ( Minor in Music)
Scholarship Recipients Jennifer Bergman, Stephanie Mao & Allison Mac after performance at SF State University
With Miki Nakamura, Scholarship Recipient, Winner of US Music Competition, SF Concerto Orchestra Competition Semi-finalist
With Scholarship Recipients Mary Walton ( Minor in Music) and Boris Jeziersky, winner of Community Music Center Concerto Competition
With Eichi Saito, Scholarship Recipient
Instroducing Juliann Ma, Scholarship Recipient to Karl Schnabel
Be sure to visit these favorite spots in the neighborhood of R.Gutman Studio
Tilden Park with inspiring views, hiking, SteamTrains, MerryGoRound, Pony rides, botanical gardens is 3 min. away.
Check out holistic Elephant Pharmacy (Shattuck@Cedar)
Check Andronico's Deli for sandwiches with freshly made in their kitchen & & ready-to eat meat & poultry that contains no preservatives
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SPECIAL BENEFITS FOR THE SUPPORTERS
OF OUR URGENT STRIVE TO LIBERATE THE SPIRIT OF J.S.BACH, ALLOWING HIM TO BRING COMFORT TO THE VICTIMS OF OVERWHELMING & HOPELESS INJUSTICE & TO ASSIST HARASSERS IN OVERCOMING MORAL BLIND SPOTS
THE UNEXPECTED & UNCONVENTIONAL SOLUTION TO THE ROOT OF MOST OF BLIND SPOTS OF THE HUMAN MIND &
300 Y.O. FUN & ENTERTAINING LESSONS TO TODAY'S NEUROSCIENTISTS FROM J.S.BACH
Are you a part of the majority of people, who had never heard and don't know of the term EXPRESIVE ARTS AND MUSIC THERAPY, including musicians and artistes? Are you among many of your friends who don't know that it involves VERBAL counseling, as ONLY ONE integral part of the cognitive behavioral therapy, bringing otherwise missing high efficacy to the process?
This approach to self-growth is rooted in FELT SENSE-based practice of self-expression that allows an individual to go back to METAPHORICAL language of conceptual cognition, practiced by all of us during pre-verbial period and then, abandoned...
This is an essential gateway for self-understanding that allows to tap into their own unconscious mind to get informed about what has become invisible and un-sensored in the realm of our own dumbed down and self-repressed pain and other feelings that determine our priorities on various levels, both conscious and unconscious.
Clinical psychology training, based on verbal -only counseling PARADOXICALLY DOES NOT provide the ways for re-patterning of the mental blocks, and does NOT aim to offer the assistance to the arrival of the individual to the FELT SENSE of THE ROOT CAUSES of their trauma either. So the core issues of their trauma never get recognized, addressed and resolved. This paradox is also the outcome of the misfiring evolutionary young brain that is the collection of the parts from various evolutionary periods and their related conflict with one another...
And as the result, most of our blind spots never get merely recognized and so, they remain as unresolved barriers, since no step of repatterning of misfiring synaptic networks from residual trauma takes place, due to the gigantic blind spot in the field of the clinical psychology, both individual and societal?
And that is the core reason for the overwhelming collapse and paralysis of many parts of our society in all realms of it, with too many examples of painful and costly failures and absurdly false outcomes.
So, what can help solve the problem? Why the leaders in the psychology field know about this, and yet do nothing meaningful to prioritize this cognitive fitness issue to be the top priority in the field that is responsible for it? The answer is both simple and complex:
Practitioners of the Expressive Arts therapy know that if a client was exposed to the Arts and music practices during childhood, it is a natural resource they can tap into during the crisis. But if not, it becomes yet another additional obstacle to overcome and may not work just for this absurd reason of lacking arts literacy, and absence of the metaphorical "vocabulary" as the result of the limited access to the Arts for ALL. Indeed, the level of sanity in our society depends on the accessibility of practicing the Arts and music.
It may appear unexpected, but music and the Arts PRACTICE is where the solution for this complexity of our brain is, and it may not be oversimplified any longer in our society. No, the inherited incivility of multitude of the blind spots may not continue to hurt much more and cause more of tremendous losses and suffering. Investment into expanding self-awareness and thus, increasing the level of mental health is obviously a very good yield investment into every part of our society. However, the issue needs and deserves vocal advocacy, since it can be obvious only to those policy makers, who are capable to grasp this obvious reality without oversimplification of the complexity, who possess the type of mindset that includes versatility in conceptual and abstract cognition, along with symphonic vision and polyphonic multitasking. And due to the compound challenges of looming planetary collapse, we may not compromise on this critical requirement of intellectual leadership, since now it determines our sustainability, our very survival.
Only one example of such brain paralysis that results from the societal blind spot that is the outcome of our individual and collective lack of priority to object health hazards of environmental catastrophe that we, the carriers of the human brain had created for ourselves, is due to the fact that we’ve lost our most critical sensory capacity to feel our own pain that should inform us of the hazards on the level of self-preservation instinct, but it no longer does, due to the epidemic of SENSORY DEBILITATION.
[And to begin to understand the depth of this catastrophe, please, watch the documentary STINK! on Netflix re. artificial fragrances (and let me known what do you think of it). Yes, indeed, it will help you and yours in the most critical for your brain manner of protection and prevention of neurotoxins from causing cancers, dementia, diabetes, autism, MS, Parkinson’s , Alzheimer’s, heart, lungs, liver, kidney and multitude of other diseases...]
We, as the society and as individuals had somehow forgotten that Music and the Arts had evolved not as a luxury, but instead, as the ancestral tools for dealing with the deficiencies of the human brain, struggling with evolutionary relics in its structure. Our sense of priorities is directly dependent on our sensory capacity, or rather - it should be, but it NO LONGER is! And without addressing this underlying issue, the problems, associated with the material manifestation of environmental catastrophe won't be prioritized, and thus, the urgent and at times challenging decisions would not have a chance to help us assure sustainable future...
Of course, these prioritizing abilities are critical for the effective leadership capacities, for being prepared and capable to assure sustainability and to facilitate the change. Due to the brain plasticity, we are often ruled by inertia, rolling on and on through the old path of detrimental for us mental patterns. Even individual change is not simple to accomplish. So when it comes to the need to change societal patterns, without intellectually strong, capable of adequate reflection leadership, driven by the balanced brain and symphonic abilities to sense fluid and complex priority system, based on reawakened sensory function, will make the choices of personal and collective sustainability, as determined by the traditional ethics to be more important than any of the corrupt political games. Indeed, no individual with clear priorities for own health and safety would justify getting a legalized bribe in the form of political campaign contributio, since no amount of money can buy their health from many cancers and other above listed illnesses triggered by the cumulative effects environmental hazards, as it is currently routineiy done by the US Congress representative, demonstrating evidence of self-defeat, as the form of localized insanity.
Indeed, to a degree, we all are affected by the experiences of blind spots of our still evolving human brain, and without meaningful strategy to learn from J.S.Bach's lessons through systematic studies and refinement of the provided by him tools for mediating evolutionary relics of the brain development, we can not hope for sustainability of our society. So far there is no viable alternative. The core problem of most mulfunctions could and should be addressed, as the urgent counterpoint to the self-destructive policies and traditions that must seize, with no chance to continue to rule our lives by inertia.
The newly heightened level of existential challenges in our life demands for the capacity for the innovations in all parts of the society. But how can we expect for the changes to manifest in our outer reality, unless we use the strategies that foster critical for us positive changes in our brain? Luckily, the new type of mindset for the sustainable leadership to pursue the goals for the sustainable planetary mindset can be achieved - through applying cognitive technology with the above discussed balancing impact.
The logistical facilitation of the implementation of this transformative strategy in various settings is the key to success, and should be tackled with urgency.
And, when it comes to facilitating the change, Music and the Arts, as the creative "playground" for experimentation and for testing not only the ideas, but also for practicing the actual process of change and increasing the inner capacity to identify the need for change, to facilitate and to engage with the necessary novelty, to commit to new patterns, and to thrive through transformation process, despite the challenges. And Music, one of the most experiential types of the Arts that is most helpful for allowing to experience the sense of changes, can be very effective in such preparatory stage of MODELING THE SENSE OF CHANGE, developing the emotional readiness and helping to identify any emotional hindrances and mental barriers. (Engage with this sing along song "Change Is the Only Constant").
And when it comes to execution of the organizational shift, such as the shift in the institutions that are involved in leading the reforms, the leadership that is capable of change is the key to THE SUSTAINABILITY, and therefore, can not be compromised.
The true intellectual leadership depends on the balanced cognitive function. And luckily, there IS hope to achieve it: Despite the complexity of the problem, it has been solved 300+ years ago by the timeless unsurpassed Genius J.S.Bach, who had provided the toolkit for re-balancing the disrupted by stress and trauma emotional/intellectual balance, critical for optimal cognition and increase mental productivity of the human brain.
However, turning on any J.S.Bach recording and playing it in the background isn't enough yet, although it may appear to be close to the solution. But without knowing how to get involved with his music on a personal level, in the sense of using it as the therapeutic tool for self-mastery, his magic may continue to remain hidden and untapped... J.S.Bach’s Music delivers the container for our authentic engagement by involving into emotionally/intellectually balanced perception, helping to restore its presence after stress and trauma disrupt it, as well as to build the resilience to trauma and stress.
THE PRESSING CURRENT NEED TO OVERCOME THE CONSEQUENCES OF EMOTIONAL WITHHOLDING IN MUSIC, "THE LAST LINE OF DEFENSE " FROM EMOTIONAL REPRESSION
Unfortunatel, the majority of the existing recordings of J.S.Bach's music contains dispassionate renditions that harbor cognitive dissonance, due to the intensity of compose's intent, and thus, can not be used effectively for this important task. This is yet another paradoxically absurd institutionalized for centuries blind spot that imprisons J.S.Bach’s music and strips away its power, so it could not be fully harvested for therapeutic and developmental applications:
even the music of this composer, who had risked a lot to oppose emotional withdrawal in music and to unleash its transformative powers, has been subjected to THE EMOTIONAL REPRESION, by creating false educational standards for musicians, forbidding for emotional engagement with the music of the composer who had emphasised it with his compositional tools choices. And many musicians need specialized re-training and coaching to address the long lasting effects of distortive educational standards that had to endure.
That is where the core solution for most of our brain malfunction currently resides. This approach needs tangible resources for collaborative work with brain scientists to observe the processes of calibrating and development, along with longitudinal studies, along with raising public awareness and information dissemination. Despite complexity, the critical for sustainability success of this process will lead to the wave of positive shifts in all parts of the reality. Indeed, we, as the society, can not afford to continue the neglect for prioritizing these matters of using such high efficacy modalities any longer. And, on the apocalyptic mornings with no sunlight due to the thick smoke, we were all reminded of how importwnt it is for our sustainability TO GET TO THE ROOT OF THE PROBLEM BY SENSORY REAWAKENING, AND TO BE ABLE TO REFRAME OUR PRIORITIES FOR COGNITIVE ADVANCEMENT, BY SENSORY RE-ACTIVATION.
We are lucky to inherit J.S.Bach's music therapy tool kit that allows to embody & to RE-PATTERN complex PTSD of cognitive dissonance. Such blind spots that are caused by malfunctions of our brain, can be addressed by dealing with the misfirings of the parts, conflicting with each other, due to their different evolutionary age (as in Fight-or-Flight instinctive response). Modalities, based on J.S.Bach’s polyphony RESTORE DISRUPTED BY STRESS AND TRAUMA EMOTIONAL/INTELLECTUAL BALANCE THAT IS CRITICAL FOR THE OPTIMAL BRAIN FUNCTION, And through authentic engagement with BOTH complex intellectual structure AND PASSIONATE EMOTIONAL CONTENT, manifestation of HIGH EFFICACY healing impact can be achieved both for self-growth & for counselors’ use in their work with clients.
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It is the critical step for recovering from the global widespread calamity of SENSORY DEBILITATION that derails our ability to make the sound priorities,and thus, is THE MOST DESTRUCTIVE FORCE IN THE FORM OF THE BLIND SPOT AT THE CORE OF ALL ILLS OF EVERY HUMAN BEING'S, REALITY
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