Piano, Singing & Music Theory Lessons
In addition to my performing career, I am passionate about helping people discover their talents. With over 13 years of teaching experience (online and in-person) and degrees in piano and vocal education, I work with students of different ages and backgrounds from all over the world.
Send me a message to book a free 30 minute tryout lesson!
About my pedagogical career
As a graduate from the Conservatorium van Amsterdam (MMus), the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts (MMus Pedagogy & BMus) and the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media (Diploma in Piano & Music Education) I have been teaching online and in-person for over 13 years now. I have experience in working individually as well as with small groups and I am particularly passionate about adult learning.
I grew up in Hanover, where I have studied piano and music theory from the age of 5 at the Brainin School of Music. As a solo pianist I have successfully participated in several piano competitions and have been a member of the Lower Saxony Youth Symphony Orchestra. During my piano studies at the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media I have accompanied many singers, which influenced me to study classical singing myself. After receiving my Diploma in Piano & Music Education at the prestigious Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media I moved to Switzerland to pursue my vocal career. While obtaining my Bachelor in Voice and my Master in Vocal Pedagogy at the Lucerne School of Music, I continued working as a piano and singing teacher, both self-employed as well as for various schools, including the International Boarding School Ecole d'Humanité in the Swiss Alps. During my concert tour in Indonesia in 2019 I have also given vocal master classes for young singers in Jakarta and Bandung. To read about my singing career please visit my About Page.
I make sure to tailor my lessons to my students' needs and wishes and help them improve their technique and musicality in a safe and positive environment. Due to my extensive musical education, I have an excellent knowledge of various styles, repertoire, and languages. Being an active performer myself with a lot of experience on stage, I can especially help with performance skills such as stage presence, storytelling, and stage fright and have been regularly preparing my students for concerts and ABRSM exams. I enjoy teaching online very much and have been working successfully with students from Germany, France, Switzerland and Indonesia during the pandemic.
My online piano lessons include:
practical methods of learning to read music for beginners
Improvisation for beginners
Piano playing technique
Various styles and repertoire (classical, film music, pop and musical)
Music theory and piano exam preparation for ABRSM (on demand)
Possible combination of piano and singing
My online singing lessons include:
Basic vocal technique (classical)
Advanced vocal technique (classical)
Breathing and relaxation exercises
Musical expression, performance and stage presence
Note and rhythm exercises
Music theory and singing exam preparation for ABRSM (on demand)
Lessons are possible in different languages, such as English, German or Russian.
How we speak is often more important than what we speak.
If you would like to book a professional voice coaching with me and work on your presentation skills please visit:
Professional Voice Coaching
Listen to my appearance on the KOVA ED podcast about:
Music and the Ageing Brain
Testimonials from my students
"If you want to realise your dream of playing the piano, you are in the best of hands with Sofia. Already in the first lesson,
I learned little pieces of music. Sofia combines sound, theory and technique in an excellent way in her classes.
That motivates and enables rapid progress. And the online lessons perfectly organized by Sofia offer me, as a working woman and mother, optimal flexibility. Thank you, Sofia!"
(DE: "Wer seinen Traum vom Klavierspielen verwirklichen möchte, ist bei Sofia in den besten Händen. Schon in der ersten Stunde lernte ich kleine Musikstücke. Sofia kombiniert in ihrem Unterricht Klang, Theorie und Technik auf hervorragende Art und und Weise. Das motiviert und ermöglicht rasche Fortschritte. Und der von Sofia perfekt organisierte online Unterricht bietet mir als berufstätige Frau und Mutter optimale Flexibilität. Danke Sofia!" )
"I met Sofia for the first time as my private vocal tutor when she visited my town in Indonesia. It was a very short visit to my town but it was unforgettable BECAUSE I finally met a teacher who always tries to understand her student from the student's point of view. She is totally supportive and honest in tutoring me. Yes, it is not easy to put yourself with a great understanding to others, especially when things that have been taught is an instrument that you cannot see, vocal cord. So, if you want to learn more about vocal with very good understanding start from basic or if you want to develop your skill from the next step, just talk to her and grab that chance immediately. She is an awesome teacher. I definitely recommend her and I am really really grateful for that opportunity. Thank you so much, Sofia!"
"As a returner, not having been in formal piano lessons since teenaged years, Sofia has been a superb source of piano inspiration. She takes a holistic approach to piano pedagogy, deploying body stretching, pretzel-bending techniques, to achieve the correct balance of weight, texture, tone and mood in playing. She expects no less than to nudge you to excellence!"
"I’ve always wanted to learn to play piano, and it has been only thanks to Sofia’s fantastic guidance that now, in my late 30s,
I have been able to give those first steps. She’s approachable, patient and methodical, and I’ve always looked forward to our lessons. I definitely recommend her!"
"Sofia has taught 3 of us ages between 80 and 8. We have all found her to be an excellent teacher and cannot recommend her enough. She has suited all of us and we thoroughly recommend her!"
"Sofia is a phenomenal vocal coach and has helped me to discover and develop my voice. Since we have been working together my singing technique has improved tremendously and I feel much more confident using my voice now. Her musicianship and knowledge are so inspiring. She is an incredibly supportive teacher and any student would be lucky to have her!"
"My daughter has really enjoyed the lessons with Sofia. She has made a great improvement during the last 3 months."
"My seven-year-old daughter has been learning playing piano with Miss Sofia. She is a nice, patient and professional teacher. Thanks to her teaching my daughter is getting more and more interested in playing the piano."
"We have had the lovely Sofia teaching our 7-year-old daughter piano for the last year or so. We are very pleased with the way Sofia approaches and prepares the lessons for our daughter and tailors them to suit her ability or interest in the music.
We would highly recommend Sofia to anyone looking to get their kids introduced to music!"
"Sofia is a very professional teacher. My daughter has been enjoying piano lessons with her. She has developed lots of her own methods to teach students, for example, finger exercise before the piano session. She is also very patient and helpful."
From International Boarding School Ecole d'Humanité:
"Sofia Livotov is a particularly dedicated, talented teacher and has worked with joy and empathy with our students. The young people had a very good connection with her and Sofia supported their different talents competently and lovingly. Sofia has often accompanied our singing students in concerts and supported them with great sensitivity. She has prepared some students for music examinations in piano, all of which have passed successfully thanks to her professional guidance. She has also led individual projects with students, such as the combination of Mozart piano music and drums. The two pupils who were able to carry out this project were very well received by the audience of our school, as well as in front of the experts from the examination board. From this music project, both students emerged strengthened in their personality. Sofia has helped some young people through difficult phases and supported them with her positive, open and happy nature. She was very much appreciated by the students and teachers of our team! Sofia Livotov was an extremely valuable teacher and we can recommend her with complete conviction."