Lana Smith - an Owner and a Teacher in Lana's Music Studio


Accomplished award winning concert performer and accompanist.  

Over 30 years of experience in teaching piano, music theory, arranging, and composition.

Author of a unique synergy method which encompasses creative American and classical European and Russian teaching methods.


Kazan National Music Conservatory, Kazan, Russia, 1990, Master of Arts (MA)in Musicology, Piano and Symphony Orchestra arranging; and Music Pedagogy;

Kazan National Music College, Kazan, Russia, 1984, Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Teaching Piano, Music Theory, and Music History;

Yalta Academy of Music, Yalta, Russia, 1979, Associate Degree in Concert Piano Performance


2003 Member of National Music Teachers Association (MTNA),

2003 Member of Pikes Peak Music Teachers Association (PPMTA),

2008 Board Member of Russian Arts and Business Council of Colorado Springs, CO

ADDITIONAL: Microsoft Certified System Administrator and Engineer (MCSA, MCSE); Implementing new technology to music lessons, recordings, accompaniments

Lana's lessons are $35 per 30 minutes. She teaches piano all levels and all ages, starting from 5 years old. Her specialty is Music Theory lessons, which are integrated into piano lessons; or can be set as a special course at a student's wish. First lesson with Lana  is free. Please contact Lana Smith 719-231-1616 to set up a trial lesson.

Yulia Shtanko,   Associate Teacher


Hello! My name is Yulia Shtanko.

I have nine years of experience playing piano, including rigorous training in several musical styles.

I also have training in vocal technique, and I will be happy to incorporate both piano and vocals into lessons. My first student was my little sister, and that was when I realized my passion for teaching piano.

Outside of piano, I attend Pikes Peak Community College, and I am majoring in biochemistry. I aspire to become a doctor. My goal is to inspire hard work, dedication, and love for piano in every student.

Why did I decide to be a piano teacher?

What makes Lana's Music Studio special?

Why do I enjoy teaching piano to children?

What musical styles do we play?

Talented pianist and singer Yulia plays and sings various styles of music. 

You can listen to her performance here:


Mozart - Fantasia in Dm

Night in Venice

Nobody know the trouble I've seen 

Colors of the wind

Chopin Nocturne in Eb

Yulia has been studying piano with Lana Smith for several years and adopted her teaching technique.  

Her lessons are $30 per 30 minutes. 

She teaches beginners and intermediate piano  at Lana's Music Studio.

First lesson with Yulia is free.

Please contact Lana Smith 719-231-1616 to set up a trial lesson with Yulia. 

Julia's student Charles S. review:

My name is Charles and I am 70 years old, for the past few months I have been taking piano lessons at Lana's music this was not easy as with all the disinformation on the internet it was a pleasure meeting a professional who truly cared for the industry she is in and the students she enrolls Lana assigned MS Yulia her associate instructor and the platitudes and comments just aren't enough to describe what this talented young lady does. If you look at music as a large Ocean there is reading, writing, playing and so much more MS Yulia would be your life preserver and your life guard, she sees that you stay afloat and if you start going under by being overwhelmed she will bring you back so you can reenter that Ocean of Music and you will know your safe and will not go under with all that you learn. She is patient, understanding, knowledgeable and most of all she's really, really cares about you as the student. So to those that read this call commit and jump into that Ocean if Music feed your passion and desire and rest assure that you will be the best because with MS Yulia failure is not a option, this is getting long it is I just can not say enough about the quality of what and how they teach, I look forward to seeing you there.

Isaiah Partridgechase,  Associate Teacher



have played piano for many years, enjoy playing classical guitar and am a first violinist in the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony string group.

I enjoy listening to and playing all types of music from classical to pop, and will assist students in increasing their knowledge and skills in all genres.

When I’m not playing music I travel the world, spend time outdoors, and hang out with friends and family. My objective is to give students a lifelong love and appreciation of piano and music.

Isaiah has been studying piano with Lana Smith for several years and adopted her teaching technique.  

You can hear Isaiah's performance here:

Isaiah plays Prelude in E by F. Chopin

Isaiah plays famous Frank Sinatra's song "My Way"

Isaiah plays "Romeo and Juliet" by Nino Rota

Isaiah's  lessons are $30 per 30 minutes.

He teaches beginners and intermediate piano at Lana's Music Studio.

First lesson with Isaiah is free. Please contact Lana Smith 719-231-1616 to set up a trial lesson with Isaiah. 

Teacher's philosophy

I learned a lot from my own good and bad experiences.

Oh, yes, from bad experience you can learn a lot...

When I was 7 years old, my Mother took me to a piano teacher to introduce me to the piano. The teacher was an older lady, very stern and controlling. She was a good teacher, but not my type of personality. She used to give me pieces to play, and never asked me if I liked the pieces.

Finally, one of the songs I really HATED. I asked her if we could replace this piece with any other one. "No"-was her response.

"I will not play it!" said I.

"You will because I said so!" said she...

I ended up that evening hiding under the table, and my Mom could not get me out of there. I was crying, and saying "I will never play this stupid song any more, and I will never play the piano any more, and I hate music", and on, and on, and on....

Of course, I did not hate music. I came back to the piano. It happened after several years, and I was fortunate to learn music from a wonderful teacher, who was very knowledgeable,  intelligent, and understanding.

She was able to walk me through many music styles, even though I did not want to play them in the very beginning. She was able to show me the beauty of a style, and help me to understand what this music is saying to your heart and soul.

Well, this story was a great lesson for me.

As a teacher, I want my students to enjoy music. When I introduce my student to a new piece, my first question is: "Do you like this music? Do you want to play it? What kind of music would you like to play? What is your favorite song?". I play for my students several pieces to see which one is more exciting for them. This makes a teacher's work harder, because I am always in search, preparing to my lessons, but it is exciting!

"Understand-Play-Read" Method for Beginners. 

 I compare learning music to learning a new language. Let's look and compare together:

Step 1.

Learning a foreign language:

First you try to understand what people try to tell you. You analyze how the language is constructed. You repeat words and phrases. I think, everyone has experienced this: you ask a speaker of a language you are learning, to teach you how to say "Good morning" or "Thank you" in their native language. It is a "famous" ;-) teaching method: "You show-I repeat after you".  A lot of people make a great start with this simple technique.

Learning music:

First you try to understand music, how it is made: what is a melody, where the sounds go up, and where they go down, and so on. "You show-I repeat" method works just great here, too. That's how we can work with hand position, different touch, learning keys, even learning chords (!).

Step 2.

Learning a foreign language:

You learn new words by ear. Then you start speaking.

Learning music: You try to find familiar tunes by ear. Then you start playing.

Step 3.

Learning a foreign language:

When you speak and understand a language, you can learn how to read. For some people this visual support is very important, so they start reading almost at the same time as speaking. This all depends on type of personality of the student. That's why psychological judgment and flexibility is so very important in a teacher.

Learning music:

When you know your keys, can play and understand what you are doing on the piano, it is a good time to start reading. You are able to control your reading by ear, and logically understand how the melody or chord is made. Thus, you don't just read note-by note, but you see a whole complex, a logical pattern. Music is all built on combinations of patterns. These patterns determine a music style. Unfortunately, most popular teaching methods offer teaching starting from reading first, then playing, then (hopefully!) understanding what are you playing...


You can not reach any goal in any activity without practicing. This is very true about Music.

The only thing that most people do not know is that practice can be enjoyable! If you organize yourself to practice regularly, you will enjoy results!

Another secret about practicing is that your first 10 minutes are the hardest. It is a time when your fingers are not warmed up, they do not know where to go, your brain is working hard trying to understand a goal, a logic, and give correct directions to your fingers. Your fingers do not want to follow your brain's directions... Usually, at this moment majority leave the piano, deciding to come back to this activity tomorrow in hopes it will work out better.

But, if you would stay a little bit longer, you will see the magic of your own fingers making Music. Yes, by that time, in about 15 minutes, they already know their path, your brain solved the hardest problems, and your memory gives some relief to the brain. The music starts flowing. And this is you playing! You feel now that it is almost perfect, but one little phrase is not good enough. You work with this phrase, and it improves. Good...

Now everything sounds just great. Only not very bright. So, what if you will make this phrase a little bit louder, and this one softer, just like we speak...Try... Yes! It sounds almost professional. "WOW!, says your Mom (Wife, Husband), you sound like this guy on TV". You look at your watch and in surprise realize that you practiced 40 minutes, or may be one whole hour!


Active parent participation is central to a learning process. Your role as a parent involves observing and taking notes at lessons, helping to find suggested  recordings on YouTube, and organize daily practice for your child.

Even if you feel you know little about music, you are your child's best teacher. Through your affection, support, encouragement, praise, and understanding, you can create a happy "musical environment."

Learn and play with your child!


Why learn theory if you don't know how to use it? I teach Music Theory to every student as a part of a regular piano lesson. Sometimes students don't even know that they are learning such a "scary thing" as Theory.

Theory is an important part of music appreciation and understanding. We analyze each piece we play to understand how is it made. Thus, we apply Theory, while analyzing music form, chords, sequences, rhythm, melody, background, and so on.

When we read from "Easy-play" books (or "fake" books) and apply our knowledge of chords, or make arrangements using these chords, or play accompaniment by ear, what are we doing? We are using knowledge of It's Majesty Theory.

We use Theory not for school reports, but for our own practical piano playing. 

Lana's music studio is located in Colorado Springs, CO, near Chapel Hills Mall. You can have piano lessons anywhere in the World, using Internet and Skype!