In her coaching of pianists and
chamber music ensembles, I have observed that she always has
something of value to offer and is able immediately to communicate
musical insights to the performers. She is a devoted teacher and is
especially valuable due to her exceptional musical intelligence and
knowledge of the repertoire.
(Deon Nielsen Price, D.M.A., pianist and composer, President of
National Association of Composers and Professor Emerita at El Camino
College, February 1, 2005)
Sanya Shoilevska Henderson proved herself to be an excellent music
teacher, possessing a caring and supportive attitude toward her
students. Her previous working experience as a University professor
of music history, theory and music appreciation, as well as her
outstanding pianistic background, allowed her to teach a variety of
classes in Los Angeles Yamaha Music School, as follows: individual
and group piano classes of beginning, intermediate, and advanced
level, music theory classes, keyboard classes, and ensemble classes.
In addition, she was trained by the Yamaha Music Corporation to
teach specialized group classes which require from the teacher
highly developed organizational skills, and exceptional professional
coordination. During these classes Ms. Henderson performed with ease
numerous musical activities: from keyboard, rhythm, and harmony
training, to sight-reading, solfeggio, and expressive singing with
an accompaniment on electric organ or Yamaha’s Clavinova. Her
classes were always creative, prepared, and well organized. The
students followed her classes with joy, attention, and affection,
regularly presenting their achievements at the school recitals. Due
to her love for music, devotion to her profession, great
communication skills, and charming personality, Ms. Henderson was
able to establish an excellent report and contact with her students,
whether children or adults (the age of our students range from 3 to
60+). The most important is that she nurtured students’ love for
music and developed their knowledge following high musical
(Eva Kaminski, musician, owner of the Los Angeles Yamaha Music
For six years (1994-2000), I have been Sanya’s mentor in her work on
her doctoral dissertation. It has been these years that have shown
me her tremendous vitality, intelligence, and really admirable
personality traits. She has highly cultivated musical tastes, deep
dedication to the art, and a boundless willingness to advance and
refine her already estimable professional skills in addressing the
most interesting areas of current musical thought. These are among
the very many special attributes underlying the work of this gifted
pianist, musicologist, and composer. Besides her ample competence in
the field of music in general, and musicology as well as piano in
particular, she also has excellent teaching skills and experience.
She has taught for Yamaha School of Music as well as privately. Her
students perform at recitals, festivals, and competitions. She is
dedicated to her art, compassionate and stimulating to her students
and a brilliant researcher and writer.
(Dr. Beverly Grigsby, composer and musicologist, Professor Emerita
Music at California State University in Northridge)
STUDENTS’ AND PARENTS’ QUOTES
Dear Ms. Sanya, thank you for teaching us music. So good at piano, a
very good teacher, never mad at your playing, you can count on her,
a nice friend. Love, Sophia Kennelly.
Dear Sanya, thank you for your talent, work and inspiration. We are
so lucky. Genny loves you and we do, too! Love, Annie, Jim and
Dear Sanya, I would like you to know how much we look forward to you
kind and gentle teaching. We are very lucky to have you with us.
Thank you. Alexandra and Veronica.
Dear Sanya, you are the greatest teacher in the whole world. I have
never learned so much from one person. You are such a talented
person. I hope some day I am able to play piano as amazing as you.
You are a very special person to me. I hope you stay my teacher and
friend for a very long time! Love always, Codi Caraco.
Dear Mrs. Sanya! Thank you for teaching Julie. We were enjoying
every class we had together. We love you and wish you the best.
Love, Julie and family.
Dear Sanya, I want to thank you for being the best piano teacher I
ever had. You were a huge inspiration for me. Rachel Tobias.
Dear Sanya, Rachel was very fortunate to have had such a passionate
and inspiring piano teacher who also nurtured her spirit. Thank you!
Rachel’s mom, Tracy Tobias.