Teaching PhilosophyIt is a wonderful feeling to see students develop a genuine love for making music and a commitment to intelligent and rigorous practicing. In the beginning stages, an important part of my approach is to build fundamentals by applying them immediately to attractive and appropriate music from the legitimate repertoire. I have amassed an eclectic collection of appealing and satisfying music, which I use to demonstrate the theoretical and technical foundations of piano playing in a comfortable and accessible format.
Niva Fried’s broad range of repertoire and stylistic knowledge enables her to present substantial works suitable to each of her students abilities and tastes, as well as to effectively demonstrate passagework requiring advanced technical and musical skill. She maintains memberships in MMTA and NEPTA, and has performed as a soloist and chamber musician across the U.S., Europe, and Israel. Niva’s students are frequent and consistent winners of regional competitions, including NEPTA, MTNA, MMTA, and the prestigious Steinway Competition. Each year about a dozen of her students win auditions to perform in Carnegie Hall.