Pija Hocevar

Hi, I am Pija!


Hi, I am Pija!


My profession, as well as my passion for exploration and learning, take me to countries around the world time and time again, where I meet new people and their cultures, learn from the best experts, and then pass this knowledge on to my students.

With the greatest joy and dedication.

Izdelek brez naslova 10.13.04

My profession, as well as my passion for exploration and learning, take me to countries around the world time and time again, where I meet new people and their cultures, learn from the best experts, and then pass this knowledge on to my students.

With the greatest joy and dedication.

Izdelek brez naslova

Are you ready for my story? (get comfortable, and …)

Are you ready for my story? (get comfortable, and …)

My musical education started at the age of 7 with recorder lessons, and it wasn’t until I was 9 that I was able to start learning the transverse flute. After only 3 years of learning, I became involved in a local orchestra together with my peers, which was a great shock, but later a tremendous source of motivation. Most of the time, I was relegated to the background (where, fortunately, I could at least hear what I was playing – there were 8 flutes), except when it was necessary to practice and play a difficult solo. The flutes really weren’t very good (me included), but still, the differences started to show over time, thanks to hard work and new conductors.  

After finishing junior music school, I played flute only with the local orchestra but added piano accordion lessons, and later also solo singing and piano. I enjoyed music immensely and found my place, but it wasn’t until a good year before the entrance exams at the music academy that I got the attention and partial support of my family. So, by happy coincidence, I found my first “real” flute teacher and my dream of studying the flute seemed real again..

 

Let me skip ahead a bit.. Thanks to hard work, better support and understanding at home, and the knowledge and guidance of quite a few private tutors, I passed the entrance exams to study flute. During my studies, my preferences as to the final direction changed all the time, as I was already part time teaching, and I also auditioned regularly for competitions and for positions in various orchestras.

I won some competitions, some I didn’t, played in various (professional) orchestras, but in the end I took a job in a music school and stayed active as a soloist and a member of an excellent local orchestra.

My musical education started at the age of 7 with recorder lessons, and it wasn’t until I was 9 that I was able to start learning the transverse flute. After only 3 years of learning, I became involved in a local orchestra together with my peers, which was a great shock, but later a tremendous source of motivation. Most of the time, I was relegated to the background (where, fortunately, I could at least hear what I was playing – there were 8 flutes), except when it was necessary to practice and play a difficult solo. The flutes really weren’t very good (me included), but still, the differences started to show over time, thanks to hard work and new conductors.

After finishing junior music school, I played flute only with the local orchestra but added piano accordion lessons, and later also solo singing and piano. I enjoyed music immensely and found my place, but it wasn’t until a good year before the entrance exams at the music academy that I got the attention and partial support of my family. So, by happy coincidence, I found my first “real” flute teacher and my dream of studying the flute seemed real again..

Let me skip ahead a bit.. Thanks to hard work, better support and understanding at home, and the knowledge and guidance of quite a few private tutors, I passed the entrance exams to study flute. During my studies, my preferences as to the final direction changed all the time, as I was already part time teaching, and I also auditioned regularly for competitions and for positions in various orchestras.

I won some competitions, some I didn’t, played in various (professional) orchestras, but in the end I took a job in a music school and stayed active as a soloist and a member of an excellent local orchestra.

Izdelek brez naslova 10.13.04

 

 

During my time teaching at various music schools, I gained a clear insight into the public education system and had the opportunity to teach pupils of various profiles, which, although extremely tiring and demanding, allowed me to make enormous progress and gain a wide range of knowledge and experience, while also serving as a strong reminder of what, how, where and with who I want to work.

In the meantime, I enriched my teaching with 3 more studies – 2 years in the Netherlands to improve my flute skills, and then 2 years in Slovenia to broaden my music pedagogical knowledge in the Edgar Willems Music Pedagogy and Rudolf Steiner Pedagogy courses. All of this has made my lessons even more unique, rich, fun, experiential, and so enjoyable that all who take my flute/music lessons seriously can really enjoy them.

So I have taught small and tall flute players, led 3 school orchestras with very colourful cast, led numerous chamber ensembles and took first steps into the world of music with 3-7 year olds. Crazy! But crazy good. 🙂

During my time teaching at various music schools, I gained a clear insight into the public education system and had the opportunity to teach pupils of various profiles, which, although extremely tiring and demanding, allowed me to make enormous progress and gain a wide range of knowledge and experience, while also serving as a strong reminder of what, how, where and with who I want to work.

In the meantime, I enriched my teaching with 3 more studies – 2 years in the Netherlands to improve my flute skills, and then 2 years in Slovenia to broaden my music pedagogical knowledge in the Edgar Willems Music Pedagogy and Rudolf Steiner Pedagogy courses. All of this has made my lessons even more unique, rich, fun, experiential, and so enjoyable that all who take my flute/music lessons seriously can really enjoy them.

So I have taught small and tall flute players, led 3 school orchestras with very colourful cast, led numerous chamber ensembles and took first steps into the world of music with 3-7 year olds. Crazy! But crazy good. 🙂

In life, the only constant is change.

A series of coincidences led me to move to Switzerland, and the new environment soon led to the realisation of my own music studio.

In life, the only constant is change.

A series of coincidences led me to move to Switzerland, and the new environment soon led to the realisation of my own music studio.

And, voila! I can’t wait for you to join me and learn everything I know!

And, voila! I can’t wait for you to join me and learn everything I know!

(And thank you for reading my story.) 💛

(And thank you for reading my story.) 💛

Are you ready to join me?


 

Are you ready to join me?


 

 

And for those who are willing to keep reading, here is my official CV.

CV 2021

 

And for those who are willing to keep reading, here is my official CV.

CV 2021