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Dusica Grbatinić is a musician and music teacher from Serbia. She started playing piano at the age of 7 and quickly decided to focus her studies entirely on music. Along with her interest for classical music, she explored other genres such as pop and rock; while preparing for her music studies at the University of Novi Sad, she started singing and playing popular music in local bands. She earned a masters’ degree  in Music Theory, and for her masters’ final concert she conducted a choir of one hundred students. Dusica also sang in a professional choir in Novi Sad, performing extensively around the country.

Dusica developed her composing skills while working as a composer and musician with an amateur theater in her home town, Sid. After graduation, she devoted herself to education, teaching piano and solfege in a musical elementary school and music education in a public elementary school, working with children and teenagers between 7 and 15 years old. She has experience teaching singing, music play-school and piano in a private music school with a focus on popular music. She is actively performing and making music with bands such as Omppu’s Stomp and Capricorn_one.

Dusica teaches voice and piano at the International School of Music Finland in English and Serbian. To set up a trial lesson with Dusica, please send us a message

Q&A

Where are you from and what instruments do you play?

I am from Serbia. I’m a classically trained pianist and a singer.

If you weren’t a musician what would you be doing?

It would probably be something in arts still. Most probably it would be dancing of some sort. Ballet and modern dancing. If not that, then an animal caretaker 🙂

Where did you study?

I have a masters degree of musical pedagogy at the Academy of Arts, University of Novi Sad, Serbia

What was the thing that got you interested in music?

It started out of curiosity and fell in love with it shortly after. I was fortunate enough to have a good teacher who instilled a great work ethic and channeled the joy of music. With time, I started seeing myself as a musician or doing something in the field of music from a very young age.

Why are you in Finland?

I wanted to experience life abroad. Finland appealed to me just by reading and researching about it. I came, saw, stayed 🙂

Who is your favourite musician/composer?

Classical composers: Debussy, Beethoven, Alfred Schnittke, JS Bach

Popular music: Cranberries, Joss Stone, Esperanza Spalding, Bill Evans, Imelda May

What has been your most special musical experience to date?

Conducting a university choir in concert as a part of my master’s thesis

Do you have a guilty pleasure?

Marathon Netflix watching

Tea or coffee?

COFFEEEEEE

Cats or dogs?

Both

Salad or Pizza?

Pizza

What is your favourite country to visit?

Italy

What is your favourite season?

Spring

What is your favourite food?

  1. Serbian pastries
  2. Sushi

Do you have hobbies?

Composing original music