Maria R. is an active professional violist in the Twin Cities area, who is passionate about music education. With an undergraduate degree as well as a masters degree in viola performance, she has the experience and skill necessary to teach students of any level. Her many teaching experiences include teaching at the Merit School of Music in Chicago, working with students in the Chicago Youth Symphony, working as viola clinician at the Golden Strings Summer Music Camp, and she most recently left her position as Viola Professor and Chamber Music Coordinator at Harper College in her move to Minneapolis.
Throughout this wide range of teaching experiences, Maria has always been very involved in musical outreach programs. Through her work in the Civic Orchestra of Chicago's MusiCorps program, she has learned how to develop successful interactive performances for community engagement, and has seen first hand the impact music can make in the lives of people of any age. He is excited to share the love of music, passion for overcoming challenges, and sense of community that music can bring with all of her students.
Hi, my name is Anna. As an orphan, I grew up in Hungary in a foster home. At a very young age I was already exposed to music. It kind of blew me away. I didn't know how something could be so beautiful, and it was like a miracle for me. Then and there, I knew that something special was waiting for me ahead. When I was 3, I didn't talk for a long time, but I did do one thing: sing. At that point my life has totally changed. I began my long journey. My foster parents got me in to a music school, called Janos Patzay Music School. I knew immediately what I wanted to be. I built my whole life on music. It always filled up a very special place in my heart,it still does, and it always will. I started to learn the violin when I was 5 years old. Being in a music environment always gave me strength, made me feel safe, and made me stronger as a person. I decided to learn more, and to grow, I must never give up on my dreams. After elementary school, in 1998, I went to Bela Bartok Music High School,and graduated in 2002. I continued studying music at the University of Miskolc Bela Bartok Institute of Music trough 2004-2008. Those four years were some of the best years of my life. In college, I changed my major to viola instead of violin. I am never going to forget the day of my diploma concert (April 27,2008, Sunday). It was wonderful. All the hard work and studying got me here to this point. I had no family being for me all these years, nothing really, only God and music. Knowing the fact what I wanted kept me going in the hard times. In 2003, I met with a pastor from the United States who were on a mission trip in Hungary, in the orphanage I lived. Nothing can describe it, not even words what we had. I felt like I always knew her. I used to say I was born in a wrong place in a wrong time. After my diploma concert she and her husband adopted me. Today I am able to say that I have a family,a real family with true love. So, I came here to study English (ESL) at the University of Minnesota for a year and a half. Not having time for me to practice and not have music around me for a little over than a year,it made me really sad. I was depressed, and I thought I am going to get crazy. Music was totally cut out from my life. In 2009, I finally had my music back. I was enrolled in Crown College for 2 years. I attended the school's chamber orchestra and quartet, and I also attended other classes as well ( English, drawing, painting, and piano). I have been in different chamber groups through all of my schools (duet, trio, quartet, symphony orchestra, chamber orchestra). I also studied how to teach violin ( teaching techniques) for four years in college. I observed teaching methods at the Beni Egressy Music School once every week. In my fourth year of college, I was also teaching little ones, and after my diploma concert I also had to do a diploma teaching.
I live in Shakopee, and I've been married for over a year now. I made a little music studio in my home so I'll be able to teach someday, hopefully soon. I have a couple of music stands, and I have my own instruments (violin, viola). I will be able to teach in Shakopee, and in Victoria. I would be teaching from published repertoire, and my own as well. I would be more than happy to answer any question as it appears. I'll be always available at my email.
It was a long and hard journey, but I never gave up. I became what I wanted to be, what I always dreamed of. With God's love and with music, everything is possible.
Hello! I'm Maddie and I'm a violin teacher here in Minneapolis. I have been playing for 18 years and have received my Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance at the University of Minnesota. I have a wide range of experience playing violin from being concertmaster, winning a concerto competition and even traveling to China and playing Beethoven on the Great Wall! In addition, a few summers ago I had the opportunity to take part in a music festival where we worked directly with the members of the Philadelphia Orchestra, which was such an incredibly valuable experience!
However, as much as I love playing, nothing can match the joy I get from teaching others how to play. Which is where you come in! Doesn't matter if you've never had any musical training or if you're mastering a Bach Solo Sonata, there is always something more to learn. Famous violinist, Jascha Heifetz, said it best:
"There is no top. There are always further heights to reach."
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