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Guitar

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Having taught for 8+ years, I specialize in teaching beginner and intermediate students! All ages are welcome, and lessons are customized and catered to each student’s goals and needs. Not only will you be playing songs in no time, but you will be building a strong foundation in musical theory, sight reading, technique, and much more. Let's get started!
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About

Maria delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
2010

I am a professional vocalist, pianist, and guitarist.

Having played many lead roles including Princess Jasmine, Mrs. Lovett, and Peter Pan (to name a few) in my musical theatre journey, I want to teach my students how they can do the same by getting the lead role in their next audition!

Not only have I performed in lead roles, I have also lead worship at several churches, accompanying myself on the acoustic guitar and/or piano/keyboard.

I enjoy playing an array of other instruments as well including the violin, ukulele, mandolin, flute, saxophone, djembe, and whatever else I can get my hands on. (I love music!)

I have sung in Carnegie Hall, and have toured South Africa on a musical service learning opportunity with the elite choir at Mississippi College, Singers. I have performed on stage longer than I can remember, and am the third generation of piano teachers in my family.

In my classroom (whether online or in-person), students can expect a comfortable and encouraging atmosphere in their lessons where mistakes can be had, but corrections will be made in both a respectful and caring way. I am here to encourage and correct, not to criticize.

All lessons begin with music theory training. Whether you are learning to sing, play the piano or guitar, music theory is the foundation of learning to play all music. The lesson will then go into the lesson curriculum I require for the specific instrument, and will then continue to the student’s performance pieces. Piano lessons have an added bonus at each lesson which includes a time of improvisation with the teacher!

I look forward to teaching and encouraging you along your musical journey that you are sure to love!

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Experience

Music Teacher
Aug 2010 - Jun 2018
Maria Turnage Music Studio

Worship Leader
Jul 2016 - Feb 2018
The Bridge

Dance Instructor
Sep 2016 - Jun 2017
Jess Dance Studios

Children’s Director
Apr 2015 - Jun 2016
Trinity United Methodist Church

Worship Leader
Aug 2013 - Feb 2015
Alta Woods Baptist Church

Worship Leader
Sep 2009 - Aug 2011
First Presbyterian Church

Education

Music Education
Feb 2013 - Feb 2015
Mississippi College
Musical Theatre
Aug 2011 - Feb 2013
Mississippi College

Photos & Videos

Performing as Peter Pan in Peter Pan.

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Photo by Maria B.

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Playing the acoustic guitar for a wedding reception.

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Singing in the elite “Mississippi College Singers” choir.

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Performing “The Girl in 14-G” by Jeanine Tesori and Dick Scanlan.

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Mississippi College Singers.

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8 Reviews

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Stephanie Jun 4, 2019
Piano · In home

Maria is amazing on all levels. She is professional and builds a friendship with your children. Her faith and talent are a 10. I wish we could have kept her in south Mississippi but we know we had to let her go.

Tammy May 30, 2019
Classical Voice · Online

Maria is an amazing teacher who puts a lot of emphasis on building correct vocal technique and making sure singers are using their voice properly and not damaging their voice. She has been trained by the best teachers and has quite an extensive resume with performances in Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall in New York. As well as touring South Africa. She builds on what she has learned and shares that knowledge with her students. I highly recommend Maria!!!

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Michelle May 30, 2019
Piano · In studio

My granddaughter just loved Maria, she really connected with her quickly. Maria has a great personality. She is very passionate and really enjoys teaching.

Tina May 30, 2019
Classical Voice · In home

Maria was a huge help in making my son comfortable and confident about his singing. He also took piano lessons and did extremely well! She has an amazing ability to bring the best out in a persons talents. My son loved going to lessons and I love hearing him sing and express himself!

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Jayne May 30, 2019
Classical Piano · In studio

Maria is an exemplary music instructor! Before taking from Maria, I had been without a piano teacher for almost a year. I am so grateful she agreed to teach me. Her lessons were always professional, exciting, engaging, and constructive. Not only is she an excellent teacher, she is also a talented and kind musician. I highly recommend taking lessons with her!

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Jenny May 30, 2019
Piano · In home

Maria is a wonderful piano teacher! She was always prepared, energetic, and dedicated during Jayne's piano lessons. Maria taught Jayne intermediate piano lessons for about a year. Maria taught Jayne piano classics and included music theory and composition instruction that really helped Jayne grow as a pianist and a music student in general. Maria's love for teaching is apparent in the thought and time she puts into her lessons. Her teaching music theory along with piano lessons really gave Jayne a great foundation this year with college music theory classes. If you want a strong background in piano and music theory, as well as a loving dedicated teacher, choose Maria, you will be so happy that you did.

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Tracy May 30, 2019
Piano · In studio

My 15 year old son took piano and voice lessons from Maria and we could not have been more pleased. She is personable and professional and created the perfect atmosphere for learning and reaching goals. 5 stars all the way!!

Leanne May 30, 2019
Classical Piano · In studio

Maria worked with my 10 year old daughter to teach her basics of piano and move her forward in playing viola and vocals...all in one hour a week! My daughter always looked forward to lessons and she felt encouraged and empowered to not only complete her lessons, but to try new things as well. I believe she is a better vocalist today because of Maria'a training.

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