Ms. Irina Gelman has a B.M. Summa Cum Laude in piano pedagogy, collaborative piano and a M.A. Summa Cum Laude in choral conducting and accompaniment.

Ms. Gelman has taught piano to children and youth for over 20 years. She also worked as an accompanist and a music director for numerous children's choirs and as a ballet accompanist at the State Olympic Reserve Figure Skating School. Ms. Gelman has conducted lectures, workshops, and master classes on a variety of pedagogical and musicological topics. Courses she has taught include, "How to Develop Creativity in Students", and "What is Music About?" Ms. Gelman is an active member of the New England Piano Teacher Association and is a private piano teacher.

This is Irina's fifth year as a Shaloh House School staff member.

"What I really like about Shaloh House is their goal to give the best education in different disciplines to children, and their striving to give personal attention to each child. Excellence in music education is my aim. My teaching philosophy is to give students a love of learning through the magic of music."

"Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, a charm to sadness, gaiety and life to everything. It is the essence of order and lends to all that is good and just and beautiful." Plato