Maria The Teacher – Reviews
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Jun 28, 2019
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.
May 23, 2019
May 6, 2019
Terrific first lesson! I can’t wait for next week!
Mar 19, 2019
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!
Jan 25, 2019
Feb 7, 2018
I’m an adult with no prior music experience, however, Maria welcomed me with open arms and a greatenvironment 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!
Aug 29, 2017
Maria is very kind, patient and talented!
Jul 2, 2017
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.
Mar 12, 2017
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.
Nov 5, 2016
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!
Jun 29, 2016
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.
Mar 22, 2016
Very knowledgable and capable instructor.
Mar 14, 2016
I learned more from Maria today than I had from my previous cello teacher in one year.Wonderful teacher and lesson!
Sep 19, 2015
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.
Sep 18, 2015
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.
Dec 30, 2014
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
Sep 22, 2014
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.
Aug 28, 2014
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.
Jun 7, 2014
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 teacherMaria 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 excellentMaria 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 studentI 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 PatienceMaria 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 FriendlyMaria 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.
Oct 3, 2008
Love her for little guysMaria 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.