Teaching Experience and Philosophy
Dimiter started his teaching career in 1991 in his native Bulgaria where he taught piano, music appreciation, harmony, music aesthetics, and instrumentation. After his move to Canada in 1995, he first taught an aural musicianship course at Concordia University in Montreal, becoming the first graduate student EVER to be appointed a sessional instructor at Concordia's music department. Dimiter was also involved in coaching and accompanying numerous singers and instrumentalists.
In 1997 Terziev moved to Edmonton where he was appointed teaching assistant in piano at the University of Alberta. He later became a faculty member of Lakeland College in Lloydminster and Visionary College in St. Albert. Dimiter has been living in Kamloops since 2002. He teaches piano at his private studio in the Upper Sahali Area and the Kamloops Symphony Music School. He works with students of all levels and has many successful participants in local festivals and exams.
"Each piano student is unique and the teacher's flexibility is vital. One student wants to have fun playing "Looney Tunes" or "Amazing Grace" and another aspires to study a Beethoven sonata or a Chopin ballade. There is enough room for both in the world of music, and both paths deserve the same level of respect and encouragement. I enjoy the diverse goals and abilities of my students, and I feel proud to contribute to my students' music sensitivity and personal development.
In a nutshell, my piano teaching can be summarized by two ancient proverbs:
"TO TEACH MEANS TO LEARN"
"A STUDENT IS NOT LIKE A POT THAT NEEDS TO BE FILLED, BUT LIKE A CANDLE THAT NEEDS TO BE LIT"
Can't be said better!
Chopin - Nocturne in D-Flat Major Performed by Dimiter Terziev