Wind of Change is not only a company name, but a Russian saying meaning education, or music, bring good change. Yana Weaver, the owner of Wind of Change, said that this saying helped motivate her through the years, and it is now something she passes down to her fellow teachers and students.

Yana was born in the industrial city of Tula, Russia, the hometown of world-renown author Leo Tolstoy. Yana said she doesn’t remember a time she was not playing the piano. From the age of five, Yana learned how to play the piano and fell in love with the instrument. She remembers listening to composers Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky, and taking inspiration from their music.

At the age of 19, Yana took on her first student while studying music in college. During her four-month stay in America as an exchange student, Yana started teaching a few students piano and felt like this was where she was meant to be.

She moved to Jacksonville, a year after moving to Ft. Lauderdale from Russia, because of her husband’s job, and gathered so many new students she had to hire her first teacher. Students then started asking about learning instruments other than piano, so she had to look for teachers of other instruments.

Now, just a year after opening their new studio, Wind of Change has 17 teachers who teach students piano, voice, guitar, drums and a number of other instruments.

Kindness is the key to Yana’s success. She says that you should always treat people how you want to be treated and that can make both the teachers and students happy. She wants the students to look back at their time at Wind of Change and cherish those special memories.