About: Paula Biedma
Instrument you teach: Piano.
Do you play any other instrument in your spare time? I studied harpsichord for a while and I love it. Unfortunately, I do not own one!
Education: Bachelor of Music, Conservatorio Superior de Musica de Madrid. Graduate Professional Diploma in Piano Performance, Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford. History, Universidad Complutense de Madrid.
Where are you from? Madrid, Spain.
Favorite age group to teach: I enjoy teaching all ages, but if I had to choose I would say kids ages six and up.
Favorite style of music to teach: Classical.
Favorite song: “No Surprises” by Radiohead, my favorite band.
Favorite piece of music: Beethoven’s last piano sonata (Op. 111 in C minor). This is music from another world.
Favorite food: My mom’s seafood paella, or anything she cooks!
Favorite color: Green.
Do you have any pets? (Describe them!) No pets.
What’s your favorite musical memory? My parents surprised me by buying a grand piano when I was 17. I came home from school one day and found this beautiful Kawai in the middle of our living room, I couldn’t believe it.
What do you like best about teaching music? Music is my passion, and it makes me very happy. I love to share that with my students. I believe that learning how to play an instrument is good for everyone; it doesn’t matter what style of music you play, or how old you are. One of the best feelings I get as a teacher is having a student who at first is not especially motivated or interested, and discovering what aspect of music, what style inspires them. That’s my favorite thing about teaching music.
Who is your favorite composer or musician? Bach, Beethoven, Schumann, Mozart, Brahms, Schubert.
What was the first piece of music you ever learned? I remember it was called “Ukrainian Song,” and it was very melancholic. That’s the first memory I have of expressing something through music.
How many hours a day do you practice? At least three hours.
How long have you been at TBMS? Since 2012.