Maestro Aurelia is also a very skilled and experienced teacher. He plays many instruments and works very well with students of all ages.
Since then, Yelena has taught at music schools preparing students for recitals and competitions. She teaches piano for children as young as age four to adult students. While at the Early Ear Music School in NYC, Yelena created a method for making music fun for young beginners and tailors it to each child’s personality. This technique encompasses teaching piano to children with special needs. She has carried this unique method on in her teaching with us here at the Conservatory.
Yelena has also taught at an elementary school where she produced musical shows including The Wizard of Oz, The Snow Queen, Matilda, Summer Fairies, and Octave, as well as being the accompanist for ballet classes and their performances at a dance school. For the Staten Island Children’s Theater Association Yelena has played piano for their drama lessons, and assisted in the production of Alan Menken’s Beauty and the Beast Jr.
Yelena is a very experienced accompanist and soloist. At Wagner College she has accompanied the musical theater department’s group classes, as well as individual student’s vocal recitals. There she has also participated in the musical department’s concerts, evaluations, and competitions.
She intensively teaches music theory, ear training and solfeggio, with her students winning many competitions as they are so well prepared by her.
Recently Yelena has been participating in maestro Alan Aurelia’s Richmond County Orchestra’s productions as an accompanist to opera singers.