Inspiration, Music, Motivation

Yelena Balabanova

           Inspiration, Music, Motivation

Inspirational Presentations and Workshops

Tuning into New Creative Channels for the Changing World

What is the most in-demand workplace skill, necessary for business professionals and leaders to master today?


Yet most of us lose it in our childhood, and need it most in our adulthood.

In this high-energy program, audience members learn

four insider keys to strengthen their creativity and leave inspired and energized.

* Available as both an inspirational

concert with message; and longer workshops.

Tips and Tricks from the Magic Hat!

This extremely popular workshop brings to you 38 tips and tricks created by Yelena during over 30 years of performing and teaching experience.

You will discover:

* 19 tips on how to make your performance come to life and shine, capture your audiences’ attention

* 19 tips on productive practice and solving physical and mental difficulties

Creative Ways to Get Your Students to Practice

How do you motivate students to practice?

Why is practice the hardest part of learning a new skill?

When and how do we teach and learn practice skills?

This insightful workshop offers an unconventional approach with a creative twist on practicing - for all levels and ages of students and general audiences. The concept: You only need to

practice on the days you eat!

* Available as a 30, 45 minutes, 1, 1,5 or 2 hour workshop

Russian Piano Literature as a Reflection of the Teaching Method, and vice versa

This workshop covers the beginning and intermediate Russian repertoire, available and published in the US, and looks at it from the prospective of consistent building on technical and artistic skills. It reflects the wide range of fundamentals of the Russian method as presented in the various selected pieces, analyzed during the workshop. The main objective of the session is to discuss how the American teachers and students will benefit from the Russian method and literature.

* Available as a 1 hour workshop with handouts.

How to Have Well-Rounded Healthy Technique

Learn how you can have it all: Flawless technique; Artistry; Musicianship; and Command of your instrument. This program is beneficial for all levels of teaching and performing, and pianists with former or current injuries.

* Available as a 1 hour, 2 hour or full day workshop

The Art of an Etude

Like a short story, an Etude focuses on one side of a character, a technical problem of an Etude, but explores it from any possible angle. The importance of teaching Etudes is impossible to overestimate.

In this workshop you learn:

* how to select the Etude that best meets your student’s or your needs

* how to make the best out of it, and

* how to present it as an artistic showstopper.

* Available as a 1 hour workshop

Artistry and Technique from the Start

When and how do we start teaching technique and artistry?

Is it too early? Or are we already late?

Those and many other questions are answered extensively in this workshop, illustrated with selections from the early beginner’s repertoire and video clips of young students performing.

* Available as a 1 hour or tailored to 2 hours or full day workshop

Using Nervousness to Power Your Performance!

After many years of suffering from performance anxiety and stage fright, the presenter is happy to share 11 tips on how to work through it and use it to your benefit. This delightfully entertaining and very useful workshop will change your prospective and make you want to perform more!

The workshop covers in detail how to prepare your students for competitions, recitals, and adjudications.

This workshop applies to general audiences to inspire and motivate to take on new challenges and overcome the fear of failure.

* Available as a 1 hour, can be tailored to full day workshop

The New MTNA Certification is for YOU!

Understand the certification process navigating the “underwater rocks” step-by-step. This session provides you tools for a successful completion of the certification requirements. Yelena brings her signature humor to this inspiring and insightful “how-to” presentation.

* Available as a 1 hour or tailored to 2 hours workshop, or individual consultation.