Nadia Ilardi, founder and owner of Nadia School of musiс, was born and raised in Russia and became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 2006. She comes from a family of musicians and began playing the piano at the age of 5. She attended eight years of music school before earning a Bachelor of Arts degree as a Music Teacher (a specific degree in Russia) from the Stavropol Music College, where she was trained in the Russian system of piano education. She began teaching in a Russian music school in 1998, and in 2001 emigrated to the United States. She started the Nadia School of Music in 2003.
Nadia, a piano concertmeister herself (i.e., professionally trained to accompany orchestras, choirs, singers, and other performers), personally trains her instructors to follow the “Russian system of methodics.” Her qualifications include:
- 16 years of teaching experience in Russia and Virginia
- A graduate of Stavropol Music College
- Performance experience with the Stavropol Symphony Orchestra and numerous regional competitions
- A member of the National Federation of Music Clubs and the Williamsburg Music Club
- Was a staff member at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Newport News, VA, as the choir's accompaniment pianist from 2006-2011.
All of our instructors
- Are experienced musicians themselves and teachers who follow the Russian system of methodics
- Have passed a rigorous screening process which includes an extensive background check, a performance audition, a formal interview, and reference checks
- Are committed to helping our students discover a passion for music
- Help our students progress through stages of learning which build upon proper techniques and music theory achieved in beginning stages
Marina Hayes was born and raised in Russia, where she received her 13-year music education, cello, and piano training. She started to take twice-a-week cello/piano lessons along with other musical disciplines at a school of music in her hometown, Perm (Russia), when she was 7 years old. After graduating from the music school, she attended the Naberezhnye Chelny College of Music (Naberezhnye Chelny, Russia), where she continued and completed her B.A. degree in cello/piano training. Marina began teaching and performing in 1993. In 2002 she moved to USA and became a citizen in 2006. Marina Hayes has been teaching with Nadia School of Music since January of 2010.
"...In my teaching and instructing, I consider it very important to cultivate in my students a love and enthusiasm for music while teaching technique and theory of music. My methodics are based on fusion of ear training and music theory with repertoire. My goal is to provide my students all tools to achieve the level of mastery they desire..." Marina Hayes.
Natalia Ilyushko immigrated to the USA from Russia in 2007 to reunite with her family.
All her education took place in Russia. In 1969 she was graduated from Stavropol Music College with a BA degree in teaching piano and concertmaster. 1983 she received her Master’s degree in pedagogy from Stavropol University. During the next 10 years she worked at Stavropol Music College. As a concertmaster, she accompanied students of voice, violin, cello and all wind instruments.
For more than 40 years she taught piano in the Government Music School in Stavropol, Russia. For 25 of those years, she was a supervisor of 30 piano teachers at the same school. Every week, she taught approximately 50 students and many of them continued their education in music colleges throughout Russia graduating from Moscow, Saint-Petersburg or the Saratov Conservatory.
She was also administrator of all the concerts and recitals of piano students at the school.
Ms. Natalia began teaching with Nadia School of Music in 2009. Her philosophy is to provide a high quality education and to teach the love of music to her students.
A rising force in the current classical guitar landscape,
Todd Holcomb’s performances have been described as virtuoso and a force of nature. As a soloist and chamber musician he has been awarded top prizes in competitions including the East Carolina University International Guitar Competition, Mississippi International Guitar Competition, and J.C. Arriaga Chamber Music Competition. He holds Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance from Shenandoah Conservatory, a Master’s Degree in Music Performance and Pedagogy from Peabody Conservatory, and an Artist Diploma from Columbus State University. Currently, he is completing doctoral work at Shenandoah Conservatory under the instruction of world renown guitarist and master teacher Julian Gray.
As an educator, Todd has taught on the faculty at the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and The University of Southern Mississippi as a full-time teaching assistant. He performs throughout the mid-east coast region as a soloist or with various ensembles including the Tidewater Guitar Quartet and Tidewater Guitar Orchestra. He resides in Williamsburg, VA where he teaches a private guitar studio.
Alexandra Mullins holds a BM from Indiana University at the Jacob’s School of Music where she studied under Professor Susann McDonald on the harp and with Emile Naoumoff on the piano. She has been awarded top prizes in national and international competitions, including the USA as well as Israel international harp competitions, and first place in the American Harp Society National competition where she completed a two-year position as the Society’s Concert Artist. During this time, she performed over twenty solo concerts across the US. She has also performed several times as a soloist on the harp and piano with orchestras in the US and Europe. As a performer, she is passionate in finding new works to perform on both harp and piano, playing both works from up and coming composers and composing her own transcriptions.
Alexandra has over seven years of teaching experience on both the harp and piano and has been particularly active as a master class teacher at local harp chapters across the country. Currently, she is an Itinerant Musician for Colonial Williamsburg, where she performs a variety of folk and early music appropriate to the 18th century and also performs locally at events and with orchestras.
Our philosophy is to help our students, young and older, beginner or advanced, to discover and “unlock” a love - and enthusiasm - for making music. The Nadia School of Music looks forward to exciting our students by introducing them to the world of music. Our motto is to “Teach music with passion!”