Music Teacher LA Founder Olesya MacNeil: 30+ Years Of Musical Excellence
Meet Olesya MacNeil, the visionary founder of Music Teacher LA. Olesya’s unwavering dedication to music and teaching has inspired countless students in Los Angeles to discover their musical potential. Her exceptional skills, coupled with a unique ability to ignite motivation and excitement in her students and teachers, have created an environment where learning music becomes a joyous adventure.
Join Music Teacher LA and embark on a transformative musical adventure. Discover the joy, the creativity, and the boundless opportunities that music can bring to your life. Take the first step today with Olesya MacNeil, the driving force behind this extraordinary musical endeavor.
As a child, Olesya studied piano and voice and took her first piano lessons from her mother at age 5.
Olesya’s musical journey began with 7 years of education at a prestigious music school in the former Soviet Union. She then pursued her Masters’ degree in Music, Psychology, and Pedagogy at Omsk State University in the modern part of Russia. Throughout her university years, Olesya showcased her talents on stage and even graced the national radio with her performances. Additionally, she dedicated her time to working with musically gifted children at local schools. It was during this period of study that Olesya delved into extensive research, focusing on the correlation between children’s intelligence and the study of music.
After immigrating to the US in 1997, Olesya continued teaching music. She taught the children of Larry King, Billy Baldwin, Dan Beckerman (the LA Kings’ governor), Susannah Grant (the Oscar-winning screenwriter), Bennett Schneir (the animated film producer), and many other professionals.
Additionally, Olesya worked with special needs kids. Working with children was the most incredible gift for Olesya. As a highly sought-after teacher in Los Angeles, she became immensely popular, with families referring one another. Olesya’s cherished recital parties became a hub for building new friendships.
Olesya’s dedication was unwavering, working tirelessly with a staggering load of 53 in-home private lessons each week, spread across all seven days. Her commitment knew no bounds as she traveled to her students, devoting 12 to 16 hours each day, even on weekends. Despite desiring fewer students, Olesya’s close bond with each family and the connections formed among them made it unimaginable to let go without causing offense.
Olesya has been teaching each student for 6-7 years on average. During such a long period of time, her students’ goals and achievements became part of Olesya’s life.
Olesya’s Acquired Experiences
Olesya’s experiences working with different people were a book to write.
Olesya once taught a beautiful 7-year-old girl with amazingly big and sad blue eyes. The girl was the oldest child of 5 kids in the religious family. The child loved her piano lessons. However, she rarely practiced. When Olesya inquired about this, the girl honestly explained that her mother requested she care for her newborn sister, leaving little time for practice. This 7-year-old really enjoyed playing the piano, but sometimes she would question why she should learn the piano or anything else, “Because I will be married the moment I finish school. My family will find someone for me. I will never go to work and will have many children.” Olesya was using all her creative ideas to ignite this little girl’s desire to learn and feel unique and important. This little girl can grow and help her own future children love and understand music.
Olesya personalized homework methods to motivate her students’ practice. Witnessing her students thrive and embrace ongoing learning brought Olesya immense satisfaction and joy.
Olesya’s Legendary Recital Parties
Olesya’s recital extravaganzas were a delightful blend of inspiration and enjoyment. To create a memorable experience, she would arrange these events in grand mansions or spacious homes belonging to her students. Adding a unique touch, Olesya organized the performers into groups of 15-20 individuals for each recital. One of her talented students even contributed to the festivities by baking cupcakes, with each treat depicting a musical measure from a renowned opera.
Olesya trained her students how to successfully perform and overcome their shyness in recitals. Her effective methods brought forth moments of joy in their lives as parents witnessed their children’s remarkable achievements.
Olesya treasures the heartfelt artwork, essays, sayings, and photos created by her students, holding them as invaluable treasures in her own life’s collection.
Music Teacher LA was born
After several years in private piano teaching in the US, rather overwhelmed by the demand for someone of her talent and teaching skills, Olesya assembled music teachers in Los Angeles with her caliber of credentials and expertise under one roof and named it “Music Teacher LA”.
It is not easy to become a Music Teacher LA teacher. Of all the musicians Olesya interviews who wish to join the team, only 2% meet her rigorous standards of:
- Advanced music education
- Professional musical accomplishments
- Education and experience in teaching
- The special and unique personality type that is creative and motivates students
- THE BURNING DESIRE TO TEACH vs. MAKE MONEY TEACHING MUSIC
Dive into the rhythm of success as we proudly facilitate hundreds of individual, one-on-one music lessons each week. Our school thrives on creating an environment where creativity flourishes, talents are nurtured, and the love for music blossoms in every young heart.
Read our 2022 publication Music Teacher LA: Leading the Way in Music Lessons for 31 Years in Los Angeles