Nearly a decade ago, when she was in her late 20s, Oksana Kolesnikova moved to Los Angeles from Florida with a music degree in hand and a desire to teach.
But Kolesnikova, now 37, landed a job playing piano at the Beverly Hills Hotel’s Polo Lounge, a gig that lasted seven years and introduced her to a number of celebrities, many of whom had kids who needed music lessons.
And so was born the Oksana School of Music. Based out of her home, she and her husband, Alex Concas, have built a network of freelance instructors who fan out across the Westside and Hollywood in a kind of Lyft for music lessons.
“People don’t like to drive in L.A. and many moms have more than one kid. It’s more convenient to the clients that we send a teacher to them,” said Kolesnikova, who moved to the United States from Russia when she was 16.
The school says it has more than 300 students and 35 instructors, including two celebrity vocal coaches, Branden James and Meleana Brown. They offer lessons in person and online via Skype for a variety of instruments, including piano, guitar, violin and drums.
“At this point our teachers are maxed out. We have more requests for lessons than we do teachers. Now we’re seeing the culmination of years of work,” said Kolesnikova.
As a result, she’s planning an expansion that will take the service to Malibu and Valencia as well as rebooting its remote training capabilities.
– Emily Hertlein