Jun 4 2023
Creativity from Day One: An Interview with Siliana Chiliachka
Infinite Improvisation Podcast: adventures in music and creativity with Steve Treseler and Lauren Best.
Founder of Siliana's Piano Studio, Bulgarian-American pianist Siliana Chiliachka is reimagining music lessons for young children, teaching technique, composition, and improvisation through Music Learning Theory.
In our conversation, we discuss that children are naturally musical and creative, but there is a lack of creativity in early music instruction—and what we can do to change that. We also discuss the principles of Edwin Gordon's Music Learning Theory, how to promote life-long music-making, and the distinction between learning about music vs. understanding music.
Siliana Chiliachka is a dedicated music educator who has performed and taught piano throughout North America, Canada, and Europe. She debuted as a soloist with the Vratsa Philharmonic Orchestra in Bulgaria when she was 10 years old. She is a graduate of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Canada and holds bachelor's and master's degrees in music. She has received training from renowned artists such as Jerome Lowenthal, Charles Asche, Yuval Yaron, Anne Epperson, and Peter Yazbeck. She is a recipient of numerous scholarships including the UCSB Music Affiliates Quarterly Performance Award, the SB Music club, and an awardee of several competitions and festivals in Bulgaria, Canada, and the U.S.
Learn more about Music Moves group classes with Siliana for 4-7 year olds
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Theme Song: “Cold Hammered” by Steve Treseler