Sophia Gorlin's Bio

Sophia Gorlin was born in Odessa, Ukraine, where, at the age of six, she began studying piano at the renowned Stolyarsky School of Music, a preparatory school for gifted children. In high school, Sophia double majored in piano performance and music theory, for which she received her high school diploma with merit.

Sophia continued her music studies at the Odessa State Conservatory by Nezhdanova (now the Odessa State A.V. Nezhdanova Musical Academy), double-majoring in piano performance/pedagogy and music theory. During her studies at the conservatory, Sophia showed great promise in research and critical analysis, participating in many student competitions and conferences on music theory-related topics. Her research paper “Methodology of Stylistic Analysis of Contemporary Musical Compositions” won the top prize at a Ukraine-wide competition of student works on music theory-related topics, and her thesis on the same topic was published and received excellent peer reviews.

After graduating from the Conservatory with honors—having earned the qualifications of Musicologist, Piano Instructor, Instructor of Music Theory, and Accompanist—Sophia was offered a teaching position at the Stolyarsky School.  She taught there for almost fifteen years, giving private piano lessons, teaching group lessons in music theory, harmony, solfege, and musical analysis, and serving as an accompanist.  During her time at Stolyarsky, Sophia was recognized as one of the School’s best teachers, showing great creativity in the development and use of her own unique and effective teaching methods. She also continued to devote time to her research interests; her dissertation, which elaborated the ideas she explored in her thesis, was nearing completion when she and her family emigrated to the United States.

Since arriving in Indianapolis, Indiana, Sophia has continued to work as a piano teacher, music theory instructor, and accompanist. As an accompanist, she worked for the Jordan College of Fine Arts at Butler University and for the Music Department at the University of Indianapolis. She has also taught piano and theory lessons at the Park Tudor School and music theory and ear training at the Carmel Conservatory in Carmel, Indiana.

Throughout her years teaching, Sophia has developed unique materials for piano and music theory instruction that reflect her experience and knowledge of the European musical education system. She recently completed a 10-volume series on Music Theory for Young Musicians, now available for purchase on and throughout this website.

Sophia is also the author of several published articles on music theory, analysis, and interpretation topics. She is an active member of the Indianapolis Piano Teachers Association, Indiana Piano Teachers Guild, Indianapolis Matinee Musicale, and Indiana Music Teachers Association.

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