I feel very fortunate to have found Raisa as a piano teacher. I am an advanced adult student who has played the piano for many years and studied with many teachers. I am truly convinced that Raisa is an exceptional teacher she has an in-depth knowledge of all aspects of the music including styles, historic context, technique, and of course, musicianship. And she conveys this knowledge effectively and often with a great sense of humor.
She has shown me how to make difficult technical problems easier (I am playing pieces that I never thought Id be able to play) and given me a greater understanding of how to analyze a piece of music always in a manner that makes the knowledge transferable to other pieces of music. Whats most important to me, however, is that I feel that I am always being challenged to reach my personal best. She does not let me settle for just okay or just good, but encourages me to listen and work out those details in the music that separate the good from the artistic. Because of her, I believe I have really grown as a musician, and even though musically there is so much more for me to learn, each day I know that have achieved my best for the moment and that is a dream come true.