Aritina Agalopol teaches piano, music notation, composition, arranging, music technology, orchestration, songwriting and music theory. In her teaching, she uses a customized approach for each student. She is very patient and helps “bring them out of their shell.” Aritina spent part of her childhood in Romania, where she attended George Enescu Music Conservatory for 8 years.
Upon her family’s arrival to the US, she continued her musical training, where the piano being her central focus. After graduating from California State University, Northridge with an MM degree in Piano Performance and Composition, she fueled a growing passion for imparting young minds with musical knowledge and her own enthusiasm for the musical craft. Aritina’s Piano Pedagogy courses were a springboard towards a teaching career, and that career has now spanned through many years of novel and rewarding educational experiences.
In addition to teaching, Ari continues to perform, accompany other musicians, Choirs, theatre plays and compose music for various ensembles, instruments and settings. She is also the recipient of the first prize in the Louisiana State University New Composers Competition, whereupon receiving this honor her composition- Fantasy for Piano and Strings- was conducted (by Dinu Donstantinides) and performed at LSU. When Aritina isn’t doing music related things, she enjoys the outdoors, playing tennis, biking, rollerblading, hiking with her husband and their 2 four-legged children, volunteering performances at convalescent and assisted living facilities and volunteering at local shelters as a dog walker. She’s also an avid gardener and plans on expanding and developing a sustainable vegetable garden in the near future.