Maria Hoyos
Sacramento, CA
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Maria Hoyos

Maria H.

Sacramento, CA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I've been teaching cello for 30 years and my students have gone on to play with different ensembles like symphony orchestras. Within the first few lessons, you'll be able to play simple songs by reading and by ear and as time goes on you'll be able to play more complex repertoire. I specialize in classical, style but I can teach you different kinds of styles, typically use Kummer method and Suzuki repertoire but I use a variety of method and books. I have the following tools available for your lessons: cello, computer program, sound system, Tuner and Metronome . I love working with students of all ages and experience levels and I can't wait to meet you!

About Maria H.

With more than 30 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.


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34 Reviews
Eileen Plumb
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Maria is wonderful. I am an adult first-time learner, and I couldn't imagine a better teacher. Maria is patient and funny but also extremely organized and attentive to accuracy. The beauty of her own cello playing stuns me every time. I found her by accident, and feel extremely lucky. Highly recommended.

Posted Mar 8, 2021
Kandace M.
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Maria is so helpful, got down to business and now I have plenty to practice before my next lesson. I am grateful she feels comfortable having me in her home studio for instruction. I would find ZOOM meetings quite difficult since I am truly a beginner.
Thank you, Maria!
Kandace M

Posted Oct 1, 2020
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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.

Posted Jun 28, 2019
Emily C.
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Terrific first lesson! I can’t wait for next week!

Posted May 6, 2019
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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!

Posted Mar 19, 2019
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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!

Posted Feb 7, 2018
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Maria is very kind, patient and talented!

Posted Aug 29, 2017
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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.

Posted Jul 2, 2017
Dominique Bressi
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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.

Posted Mar 12, 2017
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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!

Posted Nov 5, 2016
Sam A.
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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.

Posted Jun 29, 2016
Danielle B.
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Very knowledgable and capable instructor.

Posted Mar 22, 2016
Richard A.
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I learned more from Maria today than I had from my previous cello teacher in one year. Wonderful teacher and lesson!

Posted Mar 14, 2016
Zack Lauchli
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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.

Posted Sep 19, 2015
Nancy A.
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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.

Posted Sep 18, 2015
Bronwen F.
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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

Posted Dec 30, 2014
E G.

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.

Posted Sep 22, 2014
Dana C.
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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.

Posted Aug 28, 2014
Krystal H.
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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.

Posted Jun 7, 2014

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.

Posted Dec 21, 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!!

Posted Sep 8, 2011

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.

Posted May 6, 2010

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.

Posted Nov 22, 2009

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!

Posted Oct 31, 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.

Posted Oct 6, 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.

Posted Oct 3, 2008
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Cello and vilon teacher and director
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Oasis Music inc

Aug 2013 - Present

Symphony Napa Valley

cello teacher
Aug 2012 - Present

Sacramento Country Day School

Aug 2011 - Present

Camellia Symphony Orchestra

Principal cello at the Camellia Symphony Orchestra


Maste in cello performance
Jan 2003 - Dec 2004

Sacramento State University of California



Professional Proficiency


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Graduate Teaching Assistant
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California State University, Sacramento


California Music Education Association
Jun 2017
CMEA is an affiliate of the National Association for Music Education. NAfME, one of the the world’s largest arts education organizations, is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education
National Association for Music Education
Jun 2017
Founded in 1907, NAfME is among the world’s largest arts education organizations. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers.
Music Teachers' Association of California
Jul 2016
MTAC aspires to be the recognized leader in (1) Student Programs, which make a positive impact in the quality of music education and in the lives of music students; (2) Member Programs, which inspire quality teaching, the pursuit of ongoing teacher education and member involvement with community outreach; (3) a thriving Foundation, which funds Student Programs and member needs through its investments, donations, and grants.
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.
Suzuki Association of the Americas
Jan 2004
The Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA) is a coalition of teachers, parents, educators, and others who are interested in making music education available to all children. The SAA provides programs and services to members throughout North and South America.
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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