Misha's teaching philosophy is based on the classical European approach to piano teaching. He also teaches his students how to play contemporary and popular music, how to compose and improvise, and how to better understand the history and technology of music.
Misha's funny and entertaining personality ensures the success of his students in learning music: from beginners to advanced professionals who perform across the Atlanta Metropolitan area, and study in many prestigious music schools all over US.
Misha has published over twenty five books on music and piano. Three of them ended up on the best-sellers list, Jazz Piano Chords being the publisher's number one best-seller for twelve years. He also wrote music for over a hundred TV shows, including music used on One Life To Live and All My Children on ABC; Chris Isaak Show on Showtime; Passions on NBC; and First Monday on CBS. His music was also featured on Good Morning America on ABC, and he was featured as on-screen organist on Constantine on NBC.
Misha's students include first-place winners for the Georgia Reflections Composition Competition, Chopin's Young Artist Competition, and Duguesne Young Artist Competition. He is also an experienced adjudicator, having judged the Chopin Young Artist Piano Competition, National Federation of Music Clubs, and various local auditions.
Misha graduated from Boston University with Master of Music in Music Education, and he holds three undergraduate degrees, from Belmont University in Music Composition, Moscow Conservatory School in Music Theory, and Moscow College of Improvised Music in Improvisation and Group Leadership. He won Stereotypes and Nations Composition Competition in Krakow, Poland; Concerto Aria Composition Competition at Belmont University, Nashville, TN; and Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, Moscow, ID, named Outstanding Piano Player.
Many of Misha's students have had learning issues, and he has discovered how to create a sensitive, friendly, and creative atmosphere in which his students gain confidence, skill, and much needed knowledge in their life even outside of the piano studio.
For years, Misha has had students from ages four and a half to seventy three, remain mesmerized by the music of Bach and Rachmaninoff, Cole Porter, Green Day, Billy Joel, and Mozart. Piano is such a great instrument to be your choice for yourself or your child to discover the world of music at your fingertips, and Misha is more than capable to be your guide in this journey.
For beginners, Misha usually uses European approach to piano study rather than the typical American methods technique, such as Alfred and Bastien. While we are open to continuing to work with students in these techniques who have begun their studies this way and by no means disregards these, he generally relies more on the freedom of the “old world” approach, which leads to better sight-reading and much quicker transition into “real” music and out of level books. Misha usually start students on Misha V. Stefanuk’s The European Piano Method, Book 1, a book we created especially for his piano students to get the most out of their lessons and progress! The book can be purchased with accompaniment CD, which offers the student a great way to work on coordination and continuity and have fun playing along with the exciting and beautiful background music. (also available on Amazon.com, title name Piano for Adults – same book.)