We can help advanced students develop their skills to prepare for auditions and competitions while introducing music to students who are just getting started. We admire and appreciate all students, whether they are continuing their studies, learning piano for the first time, or returning after a hiatus. We provide students with a strong foundation in classical music while giving them the freedom to explore their interests.
My earliest memories of music were of singing Ukrainian folk songs taught to me by my grandmother. The love of music she instilled in me continued when I was accepted into the Specialized School of Music for gifted children. After 8 years of training, I continue to study Russian piano pedagogy and musicology in the city of Vladivostok, ultimately earning my degree in music education. I began my teaching career in the same institution were my music education began providing instruction in disciplines such as piano, solfeggio, and music theory. My passion for singing lead me to continue my studies in choir conducting at the Primorsky Regional College of Art where I also began my Classical training in voice as a Mezzo –Soprano. It is this foundation in voice and choir conducting which would provide me the opportunity to work with nationally and internationally known conductors and choirs within the United States and Europe. When I moved to the Bay area in 2003, opening a music studio was a natural extension of my life’s work.
Currently serving as the Chairperson for the Livermore Chapter of the National Guild of Piano Teachers Association (NGPT), I provide Master Class Instruction at my Music Studio in Livermore, California. I have prepared many students over the years for the National Guild of Piano Auditions resulting in numerous top talent awards from the Guild as well as High School Diploma’s in Music for my pupils. In addition, I also provide preparation for music colleges, auditions and music competitions such as the United State Open Music Competition.
With over 25 years of teaching and performance experience my aim is to combine the best of Russian and American approaches to music. I believe this approach provides students with a strong foundation in classical music which gives them the freedom to express and explore their own musical interests.
Stuart FrazierGuitar Instructor
As a professional guitarist with over 50 years performance experience playing rock, folk and solo fingerstyle, Stu has played in a number of groups including his current quintet, Blind Dog, who have been together for 22 years. He is an accomplished solo folk and fingerstyle guitarist and has opened concerts for Murial Andersen, Michael Chapdelaine and Todd Hallawell. Stu was a finalist in the 2009 Livermore Talent Show at the Bankhead Theater. Stu has been teaching beginning and intermediate guitar for 9 years. In addition to teaching essential guitar chords, chord theory and song structure, he includes basic music theory, notation, rhythm, tablature and performance techniques for all students. Intermediate and advanced fingerstyle students are taught through the use of tablature and example with concentration on tone and technique. In addition to guitar, Stu also teaches beginning ukulele.
Helen OrzelPiano Instructor
California born Helen Orzel grew up playing piano in a family of classical musicians and studied music in Germany and Serbia. She got her Masters of Music from SJSU and has a fascination with how the brain works while is it learning. After pursuing a very formal music education, she found her passion in playing jazz and funk. She plays at a variety of venues around the bay area and occasionally tours. Helen believes that music is an innately human impulse and the best way to develop it is in a warm and encouraging environment.
Jan FidelisGuitar Instructor
Jan Fidelis is a guitarist and composer with a B.A. in Music from UC San Diego, and High Honors awarded by the UCSD Music Department. He is also the recipient of the UC San Diego Music Department’s 2016 Farrel Prize, awarded to the year’s most outstanding graduating senior. He has been playing guitar since the age of 14, and before that he had studied piano for 7 years. Since he picked up the guitar, Jan fell in love with music and the creativity inherent in writing, performing, and teaching music. While at UCSD, he played with the on campus Jazz Ensemble and Baroque Ensemble, and had many of his own compositions performed at the Conrad Prebys Music Center in La Jolla. Although his main instrument is guitar, his compositions focused on more classical instrumentation, including a sextet with flute, clarinet, piano, percussion, violin, and cello. The genres which he practices in both performance and composition include heavy metal, jazz, electronic music, and experimental music.
Patti LeideckerPiano and Composition Instructor
Patti Leidecker is a professional composer, singer and pianist. She began playing piano at the age of two and half and would later form a trio in high school in which she sang. The trio would go on to perform on live on television as would Patti later on as a solo artist. Patti received her degree in music from Sacramento State University. Patti continues to perform throughout the bay area and in 1996 release a CD of her own compositions. Patti has taught piano and conducted children’s choirs for over 30 years. Her teaching focuses on proper technique, musicianship, and expression, as well as music theory and history.
Franklin DillonVoice / Piano Instructor
Franklin has a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from California State University, Stanislaus. He began studying classical voice in 2012 under the instruction of Dr. Cherrie Llewellyn and finished out his undergraduate degree with Dr. Joseph Wiggett at CSU Stanislaus. Franklin has performed various operatic roles including the full Italian role of The Count from The Marriage of Figaro while attending an artists program in Portland, Oregon. He received first place awards at NATS competitions for two consecutive years and is currently an alumni member of Phi Mu Alpha - Sinfonia.
In addition to studying voice, Franklin has been playing piano since early childhood, and percussion since he was 12 years old. Franklin firmly believes in the therapeutic power of music, and is highly interested in furthering his studies in the field of music therapy in the future. Franklin will use his knowledge of music and technique to hand-craft lesson plans tailored to his students needs in order to create a unique, structured and fun learning environment that focuses on playing/singing smart and healthy. When Franklin isn't teaching voice and beginning piano lessons at Galina's Music Studio, he enjoys singing and playing with his young daughter.
We are a music studio specializing in piano, guitar, ukulele and voice instruction for all ages and levels.There are openings for music instructors who are passionate and dedicated to teaching music. Interested candidates must be able to work a minimum of 2 days per week. Music majors with teaching experience required. Please email us your resume or mail it to our address below.
"I urge you to study with Galina, as the knowledge, technical skill, and wonderful memories you will gain as a result are incomparable. Galina has inspired me to keep learning, and, most importantly, keep art a part of my life."− Brinda Dixit
"I've wanted to learn to play the piano for years and Galina has helped turn my dreams into a passion. I went from knowing nothing to playing classics like Bach!"− Jennifer O'Donnell, Dublin
"At Galina's, I've honed my guitar skills and made my love of music into a professional career!"− Kevin Vasko, Livermore
"All the instructors have been professional, friendly and incredibly patient. I have so much fun playing the piano now and actually enjoy playing for other people."− Krista Trill, Pleasanton