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Pianist happy to offer students her experience

March 6, 2017 GMT

Tatiana Belyakova’s passion for the piano started when she was 7 years old.

Originally from Moscow, Belyakova came to Brownsville in October 2016 with her husband, a professor at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. She has taught piano lessons since she was 16.

“As an experienced music instructor, I am very passionate about music education, and helping students grow not only as musicians, but as individuals,” Belyakova said. “I studied 18 years of music and I am happy to offer students of Brownsville my experience.”

Belyakova received her bachelor’s degree in music education in 1991 from the NalchikMusicCollege in Nalchik, Russia. She received her master’s degree in music education in 1996 from the Astrakhan State Conservatory in Astrakhan, Russia.

“I played (music) such as Mozart and Beethoven,” Belyakova said. “Music is the most abstract art. Music is right hemisphere art; if you study the musical language, you are developing the right part of your mind.”

Belyakova said one of her goals is to discover the treasure of world music for her students. She teaches students from age 5 and up.

Besides teaching piano, Belyakova also runs a flower shop from her home. She hopes to one day have her own music school.

She currently teaches piano in Brownsville and Harlingen. She also does private piano lessons.

For more information, follow Belyakova on her Facebook pages Musina Music or Musina Flowers.

kcontreras@brownsvilleherald.com