Maria Hoyos

Maria H.

Sacramento, CA
Everything Maria Teaches

Levels taught:

    Maria teaches

    6 & Up

    Teaching since

    January 1985

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    About Maria


    With more than 20 years of teaching experience for the cello, I have taught students of all ages, throughout California and overseas. I earned a Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree in Cello Performance and am currently the Principal cellist for the Camellia Symphony, California. In addition, I am teaching all levels of cello and beginner violin lessons to my students in Folsom, Napa and Sacramento.

    My professional performing experience began in Medellin, Colombia in 1985 with the Medellin Philharmonic Orchestra where I was their Soloist beginning in 1992 and later on, as First Cello, from 1998-2002.

    While in Colombia, I also performed with the Antioquia Symphonic Orchestra and the Antioquia Chamber Orchestra from 1991-1999.

    I left my hometown of Medellin to come to the United States where I performed with the Texas Christian University Orchestra in Fort Worth, Texas in 2000. Returning to Medellin, I spent the next year with the Eafit Symphonic Orchestra.

    Finally, I settled in Sacramento in 2003, coming here to earn my Master's Degree in Cello Performance while performing throughout the next year with the California State University, Sacramento Symphony.

    In Sacramento, I have also performed with the Sacramento Metropolitan Orchestra and with several other chamber groups.

    At this time, I am teaching all levels of cello and beginner violin. My students range in age from six to seventy years and enjoy learning in a relaxing environment at their own pace.

    I incorporate several different teaching styles to meet each students' individual needs and abilities.

    *** Specialties ***
    cello, violin
    Suzuki for kids and traditional classical style.

    Photos and Videos

    Full Orchestra Elgar Cello Concerto


    Maste in cello performance

    Jan 2003 - Dec 2004
    Sacramento State University of California

    Languages Spoken


    Fluent / Native Proficiency


    Graduate Teaching Assistant

    May 2005
    California State University, Sacramento


    Suzuki Association of the Americas, Inc.

    Jun 2005

    The Suzuki Association of the Americas, Inc. is the not-for-profit organization officially licensed to support, guide, and promote Suzuki education in North, Central, and South America. The SAA was founded in 1972 and currently has about 8,000 members.

    American Federation of Musicians

    Jan 2005

    A labor union representing professional musicians in the United States and Canada. Founding in 1896 as the successor to the "National League of Musicians," the AFM is the largest organization in the world representing the interests of professional musicians.

    American String Teachers Association

    Aug 2003

    The American String Teachers Association, founded more than 60 years ago, is a membership organization for string and orchestra teachers and players, helping them to develop and refine their careers. ASTA's members range from budding student teachers to artist-status performers. The organization provides a vast array of services, including instrument insurance, an award-winning scholarly journal, discounts on publications and resources, annual professional development opportunities, and access to collegial network of colleagues throughout the string profession.

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    11 Reviews on Maria H.

    Gordon F. Dec 30, 2014
    Cello · In studio
    Verified Student
    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
    E G. 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.
    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.
    Krystal H. Jun 7, 2014
    Cello · In studio
    Verified Student
    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.
    TeresaH 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.
    RexP 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!!
    MichelleC 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.
    DariaB 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.
    YuviaG 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!
    JackY 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.