Maria Stewart
Mount Pleasant, SC
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Maria Stewart

Maria S.

Mount Pleasant, SC
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

About Maria S.

Maria S’s love of the arts, innate gifts, and years of training have led her to perform leading and supporting roles in dozens of musicals and operas over the past 20 years. Some of those include: Meet Me In St. Louis, Guys and Dolls, The Last Five Years, Les Misérables, South Pacific, The King and I, The Sound of Music, She Loves Me, The Wizard of Oz, L'Elisir d'amore, and H.M.S. Pinafore. Maria has also performed in NATS master classes and as a soprano soloist in Schubert's Mass in G Major, Rutter’s Requiem, Haydn’s Missa in tempore belli, and The Messiah.

As a pianist, Maria specializes in lecture recitals; her favorites are unknown composers such as John Field, women composers of the Classical and Romantic eras, American Romantic, and Bach. Maria also writes, arranges, and produces music for artists, commercials, television, and film through her music production company, YM Productions. Maria has trained with masterful teachers such as Dr. Tamara Watson Harper, Adriana Zabala, Valerie Walters, Leah Partridge, David Watkins, Dr. Natalie de Rosa, Paul Shaw, Gregory Alan Williams, The Stella Adler School of Acting, and The Upright Citizens Brigade.

Maria’s passion for the arts has bloomed beyond performing to sharing this love with budding musicians. For over fifteen years, she has been teaching private voice, piano, guitar, ukulele, acting, and theory lessons to students of all ages, styles, and levels...even to children as young as three years old! Some of Maria’s students have prepared with her for All-State Chorus, GMEA, Governor Honors, Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music exams (ABRSM), the Royal Conservatory of Music exams (RCM), and college admission auditions.

Maria is often hired as a vocal coach on recording sessions, as well as to consult and train actors or professional singers on film sets for roles. Many of Maria’s students have gone on to study music and acting at San Francisco Conservatory, UCLA, NYU, and Yale, to name a few. Her students have also been cast and featured in Broadway and touring productions such as Hamlet, The Lion King, Waitress, Oklahoma!, and Wicked. Maria’s students have also been cast and featured in television and film productions such as Stranger Things, The Walking Dead, Baby Driver, The Hunger Games, Mindhunter, and the Madea franchise.

In Maria’s own words: “I love teaching because I love being a part of people’s journey of learning music. I love seeing people struggle, grow, learn to think outside the box, reach goals short and long, and find a way to express themselves in ways you can’t with words. Music has a way of making us never feel alone and always understood. There is nothing better -- no award, big bonus, etc -- more valuable than seeing a student start with ‘Old McDonald’ and play it with so much pride, then getting to guide and watch them grow into using music as a form of self-expression.”

When she’s not working, you might find Maria hiking the Amicalola Falls State Park, exploring new cities, or building homes with Habitat with Humanity.


The mission of the Stewart Music Studio is to create well-rounded, educated musicians who will always have a lifelong passion for the art no matter their long-term goals. We strive for our students to be:

- Lifelong learners who develop successful learning habits.

- Creative and critical thinkers who will become effective communicators.

- Responsible and respectful members of society who respect other cultures.

- Able to set short-term and long-term goals and be able to see them through to their success.


It is of the utmost importance that our students are well-educated in their chosen instrument; they must know and understand music and music-making. Students who can “play” an instrument are a dime a dozen, but students who understand the music they are playing are often hard to find. Our music studio teaches students to know music thoroughly, not just to “play.” We desire our students to comprehend elements of the score, use their bodies effectively to make a good sound, and interpret music creatively and according to historical performance practices across all genres of music. Thus, we give students a purposeful education in technique, quality literature, performance, artistry, music theory, and music history.

Although students differ in ability and development, we maintain high expectations for our students. We expect attention and respect in lessons, faithful and diligent practice, careful adherence to instructions, and an “I’ll-do-my-best” attitude. If students meet these expectations on a regular basis, then they will excel to the best of their abilities. It is our joy to help students master their music, to do the best they can, and to strive for and achieve excellence.

Lastly, we want students to enjoy and appreciate their instrument, music, and music-making. We as teachers know we are very influential in making this happen. Students develop enjoyment of music by understanding, experiencing success, being exposed to good and varied genres, and receiving instruction from a teacher who is enthusiastic and encouraging. It is our goal to provide all of these opportunities for students and as a result their lives will be enriched as they enjoy their instrument.


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43 Reviews
Suzie P.
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I had so much fun and I’m so excited for more lessons! Maria is awesome.

Posted Aug 10, 2021
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Awesome instructor. My daughter was very happy, even to have homework

Posted Jul 29, 2021
Ben S.
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Excellent with both songwriting and singing.

Posted Jul 10, 2021
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Perfect! Great energy and shared great information. Looking forward to lesson #2!

Posted Jul 9, 2021
Rose R.
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Maria is by far the perfect person to start this journey with. Her knowledge is phenomenal, and I can't wait to keep growing in my singing abilities!!

Posted May 3, 2021
Anthony C.
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Maria was teaching my daughter opera, she learned a lot and we'll seek her out again to continue. She is an expert in her field. My daughter loved her and everyone she encountered in the music industry wanted to learn how she learned this and how she learned that when we told them they said she had a good teacher. We'll be back Maria. Thanks for all you've shown her.

Posted Apr 9, 2021
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My daughter’s first lesson was great!

Posted Mar 16, 2021
Stephanie L.
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I LOVED my first lesson with Maria! She is so great! I am really looking forward to working with her over the next few weeks!

Posted Mar 2, 2021
Dana M.
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Maria is wonderful! Our first lesson was a blast!

Posted Jan 24, 2021
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Maria is amazing and gently coaxes notes no one knew I could do!

Posted Jan 19, 2021
Jase V.
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Mrs. Maria was so kind and patient.

I am excited for my son to continue her classes.

Thank you Mrs. Maria!

Posted Dec 9, 2020
Jacob Gould
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My wife and I have only good things to say about Maria. She’s just fantastic. This is the first teacher we’ve had where I can say it feels like a true investment for our kids.

Posted Oct 18, 2020
Penny Zachariah
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I truly appreciate everything you do for our family. You are such a blessing and you have been one of the best investments into our children’s education we have made. The world could use more people like you.

Posted Aug 9, 2020
Laurian C.
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Great first lesson!!

Posted Jun 29, 2019
Grace W.
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My daughter takes guitar from Maria and I didn’t realize how much she’s progressed until we went to a friend’s recital. 8 months with Maria and my child is leaps and bounds ahead of kids who’ve been taking for 2-3 years. It’s really motivating for her to see. Maria has standards which are non-negotiable but she’s patient and truly guides the kids to success. I’m so happy with our choice as her as a teacher.

Posted Jun 7, 2019
Carlos V.
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Maria has been wonderful with our son. Very motivating and goal based. The recitals blow me away year after year. The progress these kids make with her plus the longevity of her students says a lot.

Posted Jun 6, 2019
Silvia R.
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Seriously... best teacher I’ve ever had. Thank you!!!!!!

Posted Jun 6, 2019
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Our sons go to Ms. Stewart’s group ukulele and piano classes and we’re so happy we found her. The boys love her and are learning so much. If you are looking for a patient and warm teacher who actually knows what they are talking about, contact Ms. Stewart. We went through 3 teachers to get to her. I wish we were referred to her first. Our kids will be moving to private lessons in August.

Posted Jun 5, 2019
Ashiana V.
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We moved to Mumbai for my husband’s job and decided to continue to take lessons via Facetime from Ms. Maria. We’ve been with her for 7 years and are truly happy with our children’s progress. Our oldest (12) will be auditioning for international competitions beginning this fall and our youngest (7) has been going through about 2 levels a year with perfect marks on the ABRSM. She’s fun, engaging, and has a great relationship with the students that make her family. We make sure to fly back stateside for at least one of her studio recitals per year and it’s well worth it. Recommend highly.

Posted Jun 4, 2019
Anna C.
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Amazing! Best coach I have ever had. Maria has coached me for 8 films and has truly made me a better actor. If you want to nail auditions and be ready for filming get her on retainer.

Posted Jun 4, 2019
Sarina Boweman
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Maria’s has been an amazing with our kids. The work she puts in to the lessons and the recitals is significantly more than what our friends get for their lessons. Highly recommend! She’s worth it.

Posted Jun 1, 2019
Lauren K.
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Thank you for being the best teacher I’ve ever had. The past 7 years have meant so much to me and I know I wouldn’t be where I am now or going to the college I wanted without you.

Posted May 26, 2019
Jennifer Clausmen
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My daughter is a part of her group piano class for toddlers and it's been absolutely wonderful for her. Will be adding a private lesson on top of the class starting in June.

Posted May 25, 2019
Caroline Westbrook
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The best thing to happen to our family. Highly recommend!

Posted Mar 5, 2019
Patricia K.
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Amazing first lesson!

Posted Jun 23, 2018
Stan B.
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Great lesson! Maria is really insightful and gives very pratical advice. I felt like I learned more in just one session with Maria than I learned in an entire class. I am looking forward to my next lesson.

Posted May 30, 2018
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Best acting coach I've ever used. Helped me land a supporting role in an upcoming movie taping here in Atlanta. I would highly recommend her to anyone.

Posted Jul 22, 2017
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Great teacher. Much better than my theory teachers at Kennesaw State. If it wasn't for Maria I would have never gotten an A or even passed Music Theory or Aural Skills. I plan to start working with her in the fall to help me test out of Group Piano.

Posted Jul 11, 2017
Elizabeth Faye
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Our child has done so well with Ms. Maria. Lauren has just completed Level 5 of the ABRSM exams this past spring and did fantastic. This is our 5th year with Ms. Maria and we know we made the right choice by switching studios. Lauren is happy and progressing much farther than others in her previous studio. Highly recommend.

Posted Jul 10, 2017
Stephen F.
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If you want a teacher who spoon feeds to you, this is not the teacher for you. If you want to actually learn and get to a place where you can explore on your own, Maria is wonderful. I personally wasted years going to teachers who would teach me exactly how I wanted but I couldn't do anything outside of lessons because I was never taught the foundation. Maria helped catch me up and now our lessons have turned into something I didn't know they could be. I'm learning new techniques and it's fun to apply them to the music I love. She's a positive teacher, but still strict. You will learn a lot.

Posted Jul 8, 2017
Xing Mai
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Wonderful teacher. Helped me train for concerto competitions and is my frequent duet partner. She helped me get into Curtis for my Master degree. Very blessed to be a part of Ms. Maria's studio.

Posted Jul 7, 2017
Grace L
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I have grown so much as a singer and performer with Maria. She's attentive, fun, engaging, and knowledgeable. I originally met her as the accompanist for the Lion King and she's been my go to coach every since. 😊

Posted Jul 1, 2017
Jeffrey Eklund
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Wonderful. Great teacher. Great accompanist. Highly recommend.

Posted Jul 1, 2017
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Maria was really nice and friendly.
The lessons were fine, but I expected her to play better piano.
I still learned a lot about singing.

Posted Jul 1, 2017
Carla Peterson
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Maria is wonderful. We couldn't have found a better teacher if we tried. :-)

Posted May 25, 2017
Richard M.
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Maria has taught my son for the past 5 years; 4 years in person, 1 year (so far) on Skype. We found her through a referral and it was the perfect fit. She was very attentive to his learning abilities and ambitions. He loves guitar but didn't want to play professionally however she never backed off on him. He has learned many styles and has gone through all levels of the Mel Bay Guitar series. James could easily have gone on to college and he plays better than some in the music program at his school, but instead he just keeps up with it for fun. Maria hooked him up with the guitar teacher at his college so he plays in the guitar ensemble, jazz band, and a worship band while taking FaceTime lessons with her once a week. He's studying to become a pediatrician but I'm so thankful Maria has really helped make music a lifelong outlet for him. James choose a very stressful path but I truly believe the guitar has helped keep everything balanced.

Posted Apr 27, 2017
Lillian R.
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I am so thankful for Maria. Coming out of college I didn't quite know what to do. I began taking lessons with Maria based on a referral but honestly wasn't expecting much. I will always feel horrible about that because she is the best thing that could have happened to me. I've grown more in the past two years than I did for the 5 years in undergrad. I've been offered a full ride to University of Houston next year but I will continue to sing her praises and work with her whenever I am back in town. I'm dreading that our last lesson is approaching because I couldn't have gotten where I am without her.

Posted Apr 27, 2017
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Maria has coached me for every audition and part I have gotten for the past 5 years. She was referred to me by another one of her students. She is worth every penny. I'm moving to LA as I've just been cast as a series regular on a new ABC comedy but will be coaching with Maria online. I will be forever her student. She's a complete genius.

Posted Apr 27, 2017
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Maria is patient with me as a beginner. She works with me on my level to play things that interest me.

Posted Jan 21, 2017
Jennifer Burmeister
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I really enjoyed my first lesson with Maria. She was able to quickly assess my skill level and listen to my goals to create a custom plan that works best for me!

Posted Sep 15, 2016
Aayat N.
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Great instructor.

Posted Jul 17, 2016
Advaith T.
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Maira has been a blessing. She is very patient and is willing to work with students of every level. She is awesome!

Posted Jun 11, 2016
Jacob L.
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Maria has been an absolute blessing for our family. Piano is something both my wife and I wanted for our children to learn, but having 4 boys where their interests are only video games and football, it can be difficult. Also since my wife and I are from from musical, we had absolutely no clue what to expect. We had gone through 3 other teachers where our kids didn't advance at all. Maria was our last try and we are so thankful for the referral.

Maria really connects with the boys and they absolutely love her. To top it off, she's very motivating, organized, and for the first time with any teacher, she had an action plan. We knew where are kids were with progress regularly. We also we informed how to keep them motivated at home and how to get them to practice. My oldest son (14) has gone through 3 levels in 1.5 years and has actually been asking about joining the jazz band at his school. My 3 other sons (6,8,9) have been steadily going through the levels and most importantly are able to apply what they are learning to music Maria doesn't teach them. My 8 year old was actually describing what a chord progression was the other day to his grandfather and used the word cadence. I had to google what that meant on my phone!

Her location is also perfect. As long as they have something to do, Maria doesn't mind them sitting in the living room while she teaches a lesson so it enables me to run to the grocery store or bank which are less than 2 miles from her home while the kids are in lessons.

We are extremely pleased with Maria and I would recommend her to anyone. She is worth every single penny. Our family will be moving to John's Creek this October and we will be making the drive once a week through Atlanta traffic happily.

Posted May 8, 2015

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Apr 2008 - Present

YM Productions

Private Music Teacher
Jan 2005 - Present

Stewart Music Studio

Jan 2005 - Present

Freelance Classical Musician



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Suzuki Piano
Jul 2010

Suzuki Association of America

I am certified to teach all levels of piano via the Suzuki method.


American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Apr 2013
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.
Alexander Technique International
Jun 2009
Alexander Technique International (ATI) is a world-wide professional organization created to promote and advance the work begun by F. Matthias Alexander. Its members include teachers, students, and friends of the Alexander Technique. ATI embraces the diversity of the international Alexander Technique community and is working to promote international dialogue.
National Association of Teachers of Singing
Aug 2008
Founded in 1944, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Inc. (NATS) is the largest professional association of teachers of singing in the world with more than 7,000 members worldwide.
Actors' Equity Association
Sep 2004
Actors' Equity Association, founded in 1913, is the labor union that represents more than 49,000 Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society.
Music Teachers National Association
Aug 2004
The MTNA was founded in 1876 with the goal of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.

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