"To inspire, to challenge and to exhilarate. My teaching unites through vulnerability and revives the soul, challenging students to express that which cannot be verbalized, but also cannot be kept silent." -- Ora Itkin
I teach students at all levels, from young children to retired adults, from absolute beginners to professional concert pianists. You may schedule a consultation with me at my home studio in St. Paul. The first lesson is offered at no cost. I am also available to teach via Skype.
Some of my students are:
- Older adults - absolute beginners, learning piano for the first time simply for the love of music
- Adult students - took piano lessons as a child, and now ready to begin again
- Young professionals - finally have a piano at home and want to continue learning where they left off in college
- High school students - preparing for scholarship competitions, planning to major in music in college
- Professional music teachers - enhancing technique and deepening interpretation skills
- Chamber music performers – learning to work together as an ensemble
I have worked successfully with students who are challenged by:
- Anxiety and Depression
- Performance anxiety
- Piano playing related traumas (stiffness, tension, shoulder/arm pain)
For inquires about individual and on-line lessons please contact Ora Itkin by phone: 651-558-6799 (mobile), by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or use the form on the Contact page.
Ora is rigorous and demanding. The bar is high and if you follow her guidance there is no question that you will reach your highest potential.Bruno Chaouat
Professor and Chair
Department of French and Italian
University of Minnesota
Ora Itkin has vision and passion for her piano students. She is flexible in her teaching style, addressing each student as an individual. She has a fun, witty personality that is constantly engaged in the task at hand. She is incomparable if you are looking for a teacher to lead, challenge and stimulate your curiosity.
Adrienne Johnson - Music teacher
The best teachers are passionate about excellence. They foster excellence by seeing its obstacles in each student and showing pathways to improvement. Ora Itkin is among the very best of teachers.
Kenneth E. Goodpaster,
University of St. Thomas - Opus College of Business
More Student Testimonials
I’ve had the opportunity to take individual piano lessons from Ora, as well as be coached by her in a trio. I had played piano for many years before I ever knew Ora, but I never realized how many ways I could still grow as a piano player until studying under her now as an adult. Ora has pointed out techniques to improve my playing that no one else has in the past. She helps me find music that not only suits my own style but broadens my abilities. Thanks to Ora’s teaching and coaching, I have grown so much as a musician! —Tim Jacobson
Ora's lessons are always energizing and empowering! She puts her soul into every lesson, choosing pieces that are both accessible and challenging, and taking care that the skills developed in each build intimately on one another. As an adult beginner, it can be hard to let go of inhibitions and self-criticism, but Ora breaks through this with her contagious energy and encouragement. She's a fantastic teacher! —Ioana Vartolomei Pribiag
I had great interest in the piano when I was a little kid but my family could not afford to buy one. When I came to college, I received a scholarship that covered the costs of my piano lessons. When I started lessons with Ora, I was 19 year olds and had no music background. 9 months later, I was playing Chopin and Schubert for my first piano recital, which was beyond my imagination. Ora taught me to pay attention to not only technical detail but also to the emotion that each piece expresses. What I love the most about her is that she pushed me to play pieces that I thought were impossible. I will forever be grateful to her for having faith in me when no one else did and for teaching me that everything is possible. —Anh Do, PhD student, Duke University (Skype student)