T E A C H I N G
Stefan has over a decade of experience teaching beginner to advanced students of all ages. He utilizes his training from world-renowned teachers Larissa Dedova, Steinway Artist Faina Lushtak, and Giselle Brodsky. His studies at the Royal College of Music, London, also equipped him with cutting-edge knowledge to cultivate students of the highest talent. He is a Steinway and Sons Educational Partner and served as a juror for the 2019 Steinway and Sons Junior Piano Competition. His students have participated in and taken top prizes in the 2018 Steinway Competition, Sound Espressivo Competition, and South Florida International Piano Festival, and the Clara Schumann International Piano Competition. Locally, he is a member of the Miami MTNA professional organization.
Mr. Bernhard's goals as a mentor are to develop students' self-confidence and inspire passion for their musical craft through positive and structured piano lessons. These lessons are tailored to individual ages, skill levels, and learning styles.
Lessons are in 60 or 90-minute formats.
High-fidelity video lessons are offered remotely via Zoom or Skype.
Now offering in-person lessons.
Students are tested quarterly to ensure progress and achieve musical goals.
Within each lesson, he covers a breadth and depth of knowledge, including:
1. developing technique,
2. learning theory and ear training,
3. working on new repertoire in the appropriate skill level,
4. starting improvisation,
5. incorporating effective practice strategies, and
6. developing preparatory strategies for performances.
Over time and applying this knowledge, students can learn more challenging pieces from different styles, acquire critical listening skills, and diversify their musical tastes. Eventually, they will have the option to showcase their music in recitals, competitions, and festivals. On their journey, students develop metacognitive strategies, self-efficacy, and a broader appreciation of the arts.