Study with Tomina
With 15 years of experience teaching students of all ages and levels,
Tomina offers one-on-one private lessons to students in the
New York and New Jersey areas, as well as globally online.
Her approach is flexible and creative, individually tailored to each student's needs.
Tomina has served as Adjunct instructor at The Boston Conservatory
teaching solo, chamber music and orchestra repertoire.
She has also been invited to teach courses and masterclasses worldwide.
An effective teacher should be able to help a student unlock their potential. To that end, I set the expectations at a high level, even beyond what the students may think they can achieve at first. Although the achievement is important, it is on the journey that students will have the valuable experience of learning about themselves. I equip students with all the knowledge I have to help them master the harp. My ultimate goal is to take the student to the point where they no longer need me. It is important to provide the student with a safe and enthusiastic environment. To cheer for the student and acknowledge their achievement no matter where they are in the process. When it comes to the technical aspect of studying the harp, my method of teaching is systematic as I try to create a habit of focused and consistent practice. My approach is grounded in fundamentals in order to build a foundation for good technique. However, studying the art of music goes beyond just the notes. My goal is for the students to become well rounded with an understanding of music history and theory so that they can grasp the context of a piece. I also try to dig out their individuality by encouraging freedom of thought and expression.
Throughout my career as a harpist, I have been exposed to many styles and genres, including traditional to contemporary classical, musical theater, world music, jazz, pop, and experimental. This has allowed me to mentor students with multiple musical interest and talents. In the music world today, being adaptive and flexible are the keys to a successful career. I want to help my students strengthen their skills in various styles which would expand their professional opportunities for the harp. Besides preparing students in their careers, there is nothing more gratifying than to see them develop as artists. This could be through a moving performance or an “Aha” moment of inspiration. Just as my teachers had an incredible impact on my life, I wish to do the same for my students by forming strong bonds and inspiring them.