Tatiana Kazakova on her passion for music

Tatiana Kazakova graduated from the MCU’s Institute of Culture and Arts with a Master’s degree in choral singing. Now Tatiana Kazakova is a postgraduate student in Theory and Methods of Training and Education (Music) at MCU.

Why did you choose to study at MCU?

When I was a child and adults asked about my future profession, I would always answer that I wanted to be a teacher. Though I didn’t know at that time that I would teach music. For some time I studied oceanography, which is different from both teaching and music. However, I liked music very much: I learnt to play cello at a music school, joined the Moscow State University’s student chorus and other amateur choruses. Later, I took singing classes with a professional teacher, started directing a vocal group and became an amateur chorus choirmaster. After several years, I understood that I needed some fundamental knowledge in teaching music for my further professional development. When I browsed through different universities, MCU won my heart due to the great choice of training programs, and I enrolled in the one which I liked most. The choice was precise!

Please share the most memorable moment of your student life.

Best of all, I remember starting to conduct a chorus after infinite hours of training. I was full of ambitions and strived to take all my chances.

Why did you decide to stay at MCU after graduation?

After receiving my Master’s degree, I enrolled in the postgraduate program. I am also a choirmaster of an amateur chorus, I direct a female vocal group as well as teach singing and piano at a music studio. I mean that I do what I have mastered at MCU and continue to improve.

What do you like most about your job?

To be a musical director is exciting because you create music without ever making a sound! It is marvellous, isn’t it? However, to be a good director one must be an excellent teacher and instruct singers in stage performance. I am also inspired to teach amateur singers because music for them is a passion, not a source of income. Every class is my pleasure, and I fancy proving to my students that everyone can sing. This is my professional motto.

What are your professional aspirations?

I am going to proceed with my career in music, develop as a professional musician, and hopefully write a PhD thesis. I will work with my music groups, Frisson female group and Little Chapel chamber choir, perform at concerts, participate in musical festivals and contests.