Kasia Young

Toronto Piano and Music Theory Teacher

Kasia YoungABC Academy of Music2017-11-27T20:23:54-04:00

Project Description

M.Mus (Katowice)

Graduating with a Masters Degree in Music from the Academy of Music in Katowice, Poland, Kasia brings to ABC Music Academy over 20 years of teaching experience. A warm and patient teacher, Kasia moved to Toronto 18 years ago where she has been an accomplished teacher in numerous music schools. She has taught individual and group lessons to students of all ages and all levels of piano. Besides preparing for RCM exams, festivals and music competitions, Kasia teaches composition and counterpoint, and helps each student develop their own personal style. Whether you wish to learn pop, classical, jazz, or contemporary, Kasia is a teacher who can help you achieve your music goals!

Every student is unique, and Kasia customizes each lesson to focus on the specific needs of the individual. Kasia keeps a healthy balance between the creative part of the lesson and learning the craft itself, and incorporates ear training and sight reading into each lesson. Working for years in the digital editing of the Symphony Orchestra in Poland for radio broadcasts, and also performing in various group ensembles, she brings vast experience to the art of teaching.

The enjoyment of making music can be contagious, and highly addictive. As believed through the centuries, music, not only as an art form, but as a science, helps students in many areas of life and keeps them mentally healthy and happy. The journey through each level and every lesson is a fun and satisfying adventure, both to the student and for Kasia. She looks forward to meeting you!

Hobbies:  Traveling, Exploring Nature, Cooking, Conversation

Musical influences:  Scarlatti, Vivaldi, Telemann, Handel, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Debussy, Knapik

Favourite food:  Everything

Least favourite food:  None

Favourite music:  Classical, Funk, Jazz, Contemporary

Favourite song:  Too many to mention

Favourite movie:  Buffalo 66

Favouirite movie music:  The Living Sea

Favourite musical theatre/opera:  Hair

Best quote from your teacher:  Stop practicing and go for a walk

Favourite quote:  All you need is love

Favourite book:  Ubik, by Philip K. Dick

Best thing about teaching at ABC:  My students, and the relaxing atmosphere

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Homework assignments Sept 16 – 22

Clara,

Warm up : C major scale, each hand seperately

Review : A song about cats

New : Schools bells are ringing

Banana split – have your hands positions ready/ see the picture

Train’s a coming’ – by memory

(practice time : 10 minutes a day)

Kollel,

Warm up : C and D major scales and triads , 2 octaves HS/HT

New : Rockin’ Pneumonia and the boogie woogie flu – moderate boogie beat, HS

Review : Stand by me

(practice time : 20 minutes a day)

Nathalia,

Warm up : C major and D major scale , 2 octaves , HS/HT

Review : 18th century dance , G position, have both hands ready

New : Lunar Eclipse , learn LH (changing notes) first, then try HT, remember E flat

In the Hall of the Mountain King – by memory

(practice time : 20 minutes a day)

Emet,

Warm up : C major and D major scales, HS /HT 1 octave

New : Snake charmer – Low G position, watch for B flat and C sharp

Memorize ostinato rhythm pattern LH , make playing it automatic

(practice time : 15 minutes a day)

Lucy,

Warm up : C major and D major scales , 1 octave HS /HT

New : Minuet in G – practice each hand separately, then try 1 line HT

(practice time : 15 minutes a day)

Amelia,

Warm up : C major and D major scales , HS/HT, 1 octave

New : William Tell , have your both hands position ready

(practice time : 15 minutes a day)

Ian,

Warm up : C and D major scales and triads, HS/HT 1 and 2 octaves

New : Rustic Dance , LH low C position, watch for the position change in the middle section

review : Fur Elise – by memory section A, HS section B , follow the indicated fingering

(practice time : 20 minutes a day)

Carmen ,

Warm up : C and D major scales and triads, HS/HT , 1 octave

Review : On the bridge at Avignon , C position both hands

New : Why am i blue, syncopated rhythm , G position

By memory : 18th century Dance , G position

(practice time : 15 minutes a day)

Renaud,

Warm up : C major scale, HS, 1 octave

Review : Alley cats choir

New : The Indian dance, G position

(practice time : 10 minutes a day)

Luke,

Warm up: C major scale

Review : March on D – E – F, have your hands position ready

New : Mister Bluebird – say the names of the notes as you play them

(practice time : 15 minutes a day)

Watch for the key change (A minor) in the middle section

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