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Piano Lessons by Inna Kotenko

About Inna Kotenko

My name is Inna.

I live in Toronto (Scarborough), Canada.

My first Piano Teacher was my mom who was always bringing students to our house. How she taught them to love music, and play the piano was beyond just "good". She truly inspired me to become a Piano Teacher myself!
Being a gifted girl, my mom decided that her knowledge wasn't enough any longer, so, she enrolled me to Music School for gifted children.

At the age of 15, I got into a Music College, and was allowed to work there as well as a Piano Accompanist.
From when I was 16 y.o., while being in college for 4 years, I started playing piano on a big stage, and entering the national competitions. It was a fabulous time! Lots of prizes were won, lots of fun playing music, and listening to other amazing performers. Time passed, I graduated with Honours and got my Bachelor's in Arts, Piano Performance and Piano Accompanying Degree.

After graduating the Music College, I felt that being only a concert Pianist and a Piano Accompanist wasn't satisfying anymore as I felt I could share my skills and knowledge with someone else. That's why I decided to enroll to a Pedagogical University which after studying there for 5 years, I graduated with Masters Cum Laude (the highest distinction) Degrees in Music Education and Music. This education gave me a broader knowledge and skills to teach not only Piano and Theory, but Voice as well.

I'm a Registered Teacher with the Royal Conservatory of Music, RCM Teacher #104903 , and I'm also a Certified Teacher with Ontario College of Teachers in Good standing, Registration Number: 636014.

Since that time, many years have passed... I raised thousands professional performers, and those who wanted to learn playing piano for themselves. Overall, my teaching experience is more than 30 years.
I started in Ukraine, my motherland, and continued here, in Canada. And let me tell you - all of my students were really as those bright SPARKS - they had sparks starting learning how to play the piano, they had the sparks doing recitals, exams, and competitions, and they still have those sparks towards me, their Teacher. That's why I named my school as SPARKS MUSIC ACADEMY!

Believe me, you won't ever regret having me as your Teacher :)
And in addition to being the TEACHER, I continue my work as a PIANO ACCOMPANIST and CONCERT PIANIST all around the city as I cannot live without your majesty, MUSIC!
  • Teaches: Classical Piano Lessons
    Ear Training
    Exam Preparation Lessons
    Harmony Piano Lessons
    Jazz Piano Lessons
    Keyboard Piano Lessons
    Pop Piano Lessons
    Rock Piano Lessons
    Sight-Reading Piano Lessons
    Theory Piano Lessons
    Levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
    Speaks: Russian, Ukrainian
  • Age Range: 0 - 100
    Individual/Group: Private Piano Lessons
    Private Group (2-4 people)
    Group (5 or more people)
    Teacher Decides
    Teacher Decides
    Hourly Rate: $60


  • Compassion
  • Organization
  • Sincerity
  • Flexibility
  • Self-awareness
  • Positivity
  • Creative thinking
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Strong motivational skills
  • Great listening skills
  • Professionalism
  • Knowledge of musical genres
  • Knowledge of history and theory of music
  • Ability to perform
  • Teaching experience
  • Methodologies to teach different styles and to different people
  • Passion towards teaching
  • Honesty
  • Continuous work on improving teaching techniques and pianistic abilities
  • Master's skills piano accompanying
  • Approachable
  • Qualified/Experienced
  • Singing
  • Boundaries
  • Problem solving skills
  • Management skills
  • Teamwork skills
  • Giving a constructive feedback
  • Attention to details
  • Humor
  • Friendliness
  • Managing student behavior

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