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Jun 28, 2019

Cel­lo · In stu­dio

I took lessons from Maria for 6 years, start­ing the sum­mer just before I entered high school. Ini­tial­ly I was embar­rassed because I knew most kids learn­ing an instru­ment had start­ed years before me, and I hadn’t had any expe­ri­ence with read­ing sheet music or any­thing like that. But she nev­er held any pre­con­ceived notions about where my abil­i­ty *should* be, which helped me feel com­fort­able learn­ing the cel­lo for fun, which was why I was tak­ing lessons. And Maria was always patient work­ing with me on what­ev­er lit­tle part of a piece I strug­gled with week after week until I got it. She let me self direct how I want­ed to learn, so I didn’t spend as much time mem­o­riz­ing music the­o­ry and was able to learn through play­ing, which worked well for me. While tak­ing lessons through high school and part of col­lege, I had a lot of dif­fi­cult class­es and some­times had to sac­ri­fice my short-term cel­lo progress to make time for them. I always felt bad when this hap­pened, but Maria under­stood and once the air cleared I was always excit­ed to catch up to where I want­ed to be. Cel­lo was always some­thing kind of med­i­ta­tive where I could make some­thing beau­ti­ful by putting in time, and I don’t think I would enjoy play­ing now if I hadn’t had the warm guid­ance of such a great teacher on my jour­ney through the music world. Show More

Aparna T.
May 23, 2019
Cel­lo · Online

Emi­ly C.
May 6, 2019
Cel­lo · In stu­dio

Ter­rif­ic first les­son! I can’t wait for next week!

Mar 19, 2019
Cel­lo · Online

Maria was incred­i­bly patient knowl­edge­able, help­ful, very spe­cif­ic. She gave me a very good plan to work on between now and my next les­son. I picked the right teacher!

Heather A.
Jan 25, 2019
Cel­lo · Online

Feb 7, 2018
Cel­lo · In stu­dio

I’m an adult with no pri­or music expe­ri­ence, how­ev­er, Maria wel­comed me with open arms and a great envi­ron­ment for learn­ing the cel­lo. She is very kind, extreme­ly knowl­edge­able and I feel very com­fort­able with her. I also appre­ci­ate her music room where she teach­es; it’s pri­vate and allows me to con­cen­trate with­out environmental/background nois­es since I can get eas­i­ly dis­tract­ed. If you are look­ing for a great teacher you can’t go wrong with Maria! Show More

Aug 29, 2017
Cel­lo · In stu­dio

Maria is very kind, patient and tal­ent­ed!

Jul 2, 2017
Cel­lo · In stu­dio

Maria is an excep­tion­al cel­lo instruc­tor. She is accom­plished and high­ly skilled, though what sets her apart is her obvi­ous love and enthu­si­asm for teach­ing. She is patient, dis­cern­ing and obser­vant, as well as friend­ly and approach­able. She’s been great in every way with our 10-year-old daugh­ter. Show More

Dominique Bres­si
Mar 12, 2017
Cel­lo · In stu­dio

As an adult begin­ner, Maria has been impec­ca­ble mak­ing me feel com­fort­able, encour­ag­ing me, chal­leng­ing me, and teach­ing me. She is kind, pro­fes­sion­al, effi­cient, and very good at what she does. It is evi­dent that she loves teach­ing as deeply and as tru­ly as she loves the cel­lo. Show More

Nov 5, 2016
Cel­lo · In stu­dio

I took cel­lo lessons from Maria for over five years. I found her to be very patient and encour­ag­ing. She has a pas­sion for teach­ing and always made me feel uplift­ed after a les­son, eager to get back home to put into prac­tice what she has taught. I am an adult stu­dent so per­haps a lit­tle more of a strug­gle than if I were much younger, but she nev­er made me feel dis­cour­aged even on my worst days. She teach­es from the heart and is an amaz­ing cel­list. I feel so for­tu­nate to have been guid­ed by her and will con­tin­ue to play hope­ful­ly untill I can no longer hold the cel­lo! Show More

Sam A.
Jun 29, 2016
Cel­lo · Online

I had a great expe­ri­ence learn­ing from Maria. She is thor­ough in what she teach­es and encour­ages a high stan­dard, which is exact­ly what I want­ed. I would rec­om­mend her to any­one that is seri­ous about learn­ing the Cel­lo. Thanks Maria.

Danielle B.
Mar 22, 2016
Cel­lo · Online

Very knowl­edgable and capa­ble instruc­tor.

Richard A.
Mar 14, 2016
Cel­lo · Online

I learned more from Maria today than I had from my pre­vi­ous cel­lo teacher in one year. Won­der­ful teacher and les­son!

Zack Lauch­li
Sep 19, 2015
Cel­lo · In stu­dio

Maria was my first pri­vate cel­lo instruc­tor and I stud­ied with her for 2 years. She is an extreme­ly kind and warm teacher who made every les­son very enjoy­able and immense­ly edu­ca­tion­al. She was very open to my ideas as well as my wants and needs as far as play­ing reper­toire and pac­ing. It is rare to be taught by a pro­fes­sion­al per­former that is quite so active in the area they teach; Maria’s expe­ri­ence per­form­ing pro­fes­sion­al­ly has obvi­ous­ly giv­en her a per­spec­tive that is valu­able to any of us who want to excel at an instru­ment. It is a joy to see her per­form and learn from her that way as well. I and all of her stu­dents had the oppor­tu­ni­ty to get our own per­form­ing expe­ri­ence in her recitals, which were fun and impor­tant to my musi­cal growth. I am grate­ful to have start­ed my edu­ca­tion in cel­lo with Maria’s instruc­tion; I am much bet­ter off because of it. Show More

Nan­cy A.
Sep 18, 2015
Cel­lo · In stu­dio

Maria is a won­der­ful teacher. We feel lucky to have her. She is an accom­plished musi­cian her­self as well as an under­stand­ing and intu­itive teacher. She has been teach­ing my daugh­ter for 3 years now, and the results are beau­ti­ful.

Bron­wen F.
Dec 30, 2014
Cel­lo · In stu­dio

Maria has been my cel­lo teacher for 6 years. She has made learn­ing the cel­lo so much fun and such a great part of me life. She is very pos­i­tive and sweet even when I mess up and she helps me feel good about my mis­takes. She looks at what I do well and gets me excit­ed about work­ing on the songs. She always helps me stay in per­fect pitch and helps me pre­pare for when songs get hard­er, by mak­ing sure I have good tequnique. She always knows what to work on to make my les­son as suc­cess­ful as pos­si­ble. After six years of play­ing with her I am play­ing this amaz­ing and beau­ti­ful music. The Bach Cel­lo con­cer­tos and the oth­er songs I play make me feel so hap­py relaxed and filled with joy. She loves the cel­lo and being a musi­cian. And every time you go to her les­son, you just feel the love she has for the instra­ment and the music and how she wants to share that feel­ing with you and help you have the same feel­ing. Maria is the rea­son I can play so well and she is also the rea­son I have con­tin­ued to play for so long and will con­tin­ue to play for the rest of my life. I am so hap­py that I have the most amaz­ing, love­ing and fun teacher in the world. I think every­one think­ing of play­ing an instra­ment should choose cel­lo just so they can take lessons with Maria. My les­son is the high­light of my week. Gor­don Felesina, 14 years old Show More

E G.
Sep 22, 2014
Cel­lo ·

Maria is a won­der­ful cel­lo teacher! She teach­es well to the indi­vid­ual, is very patient, and gives much encour­age­ment. She always has an answer to my son’s ques­tions about cel­lo or music in gen­er­al. He says he knows she enjoys teach­ing because she is hap­py and full of ener­gy at lessons. Les­son time is well-spent and my son always leaves lessons with a renewed desire to prac­tice and improve. Show More

Dana C.
Aug 28, 2014
Cel­lo · In stu­dio

Maria has been teach­ing my son for 5 years and keeps him pro­gress­ing and moti­vat­ed through the chal­lenges of learn­ing a high­ly artic­u­lat­ed skill. A great mix of praise & dis­ci­pline have made my son feel more con­fi­dent about tak­ing on a new chal­lenge and while he may nev­er be the next Yo-yo-ma he is learn­ing a won­der­ful art tal­ent that will make him a more well round­ed young adult. Show More

Krys­tal H.
Jun 7, 2014
Cel­lo · In stu­dio

Maria was a great teacher, and is very knowl­edge­able about the cel­lo. I wish that my work sched­ule had allowed me to keep tak­ing class­es, and I’ll be back as soon as I have more time to myself again.

Dec 21, 2011

Maria is a great teacher Maria is a patient and knowl­edgable teacher. Her lessons are paced well and she has a flex­i­ble teach­ing style. If you’re look­ing for a good vio­lin teacher, I high­ly rec­om­mend Maria.

Sep 8, 2011

Maria is excel­lent Maria is a patient and skilled teacher. My son enjoys his lessons and as it is his first-time play­ing vio­lin, he is show­ing great progress. Thanks!!

May 6, 2010

begin­ning cel­lo stu­dent I am enjoy­ing my cel­lo lessons with Maria. I am learn­ing alot. She keeps encour­ag­ing me as I make progress which is help­ful since it’s easy to get dis­cour­aged and feel like you’re not get­ting it.

Nov 22, 2009

Enjoy my lessons! I real­ly enjoy my lessons with Maria. She’s an excel­lent cel­list and teacher. She works with you at your own pace so you don’t feel uncom­fort­able or pres­sured to be at a par­tic­u­lar point or lev­el with your play­ing.

Oct 31, 2008

The mas­ter of Patience Maria is not only a good teacher but also very patient. I was hap­py to be her stu­dent and look foward to her class­es!

Oct 6, 2008

Patient, Knowl­edge­able, and Friend­ly Maria has been real­ly patient and knowl­edge­able with her teach­ings. Upon judg­ing my progress, she adjust­ed the les­son plans accord­ing­ly. Fur­ther­more, she is also very open to dif­fer­ent ideas and thoughts through con­struc­tive dis­cus­sions and demon­stra­tion. Show More

Oct 3, 2008

Love her for lit­tle guys Maria is very knowl­edgable and kind with my 8 year old son, he is learn­ing alot and Maria is always pos­i­tive, encour­ag­ing and sweet. She loves the cel­lo and it shows.