Maria Mirenzi

Maria M.

Philadelphia, PA

Lesson Details

Music Performance

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
As a music performer, I believe it is important to know how to have a stage presence, captivate an audience and feel comfortable performing in front of large groups. If you are looking to perform, I can provide suitable repertoire and performance opportunities.
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Maria teaches



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

Teaching since:
June 2010

At a young age, I found my passion through playing and listening to jazz and classical music and experiencing the interpersonal connections music creates. From performing to teaching, I love to share my passion for music with those around me.

Since graduating from Temple University with a B.M. in Music Education and Jazz Studies, I have played with musical groups in Europe and recently became a K-8 general music teacher in Philadelphia. Playing and teaching around the world and at home has given me great insight into how students need to be taught: with relevancy to their own lives while maintaining artistry and integrity.

My teaching experience ranges from private lessons and jazz workshops to summer music camps and K-12 music classes. I love teaching and will probably never stop!

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe it is important to solidify the foundations of music, so that the student can grow into a knowledgeable, expressive musician. My lessons are taught with a personal and energetic approach leaving the student excited and eager to further explore music. I always make sure that the student is having fun!

Learning an instrument is all about personal growth as a musician. I will help my students become better musicians week by week as long as they are willing to practice and come prepared for the lesson.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I will provide a metronome, tuner, music stand and some music books/repertoire. Student may need to provide their own lesson books.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in classical techniques, improvisation, composition and songwriting.

****Cancellation Policy:
Out of common courtesy, please notify me at least 24 hours in advance if you need to cancel and/or reschedule a lesson, and you will not be charged. NOTE: You will be charged for the lesson if you cancel less than 24 hours before the scheduled lesson. No notification of cancellation will result in being charged for the lesson as well. Bottom line, please communicate to me through call/text/e-mail in ADVANCE if you need to cancel a lesson in order not to be charged for the lesson. *********************************

Cancelled Lessons = You have contacted me in advance and you will not be charge. This lesson will be rescheduled.

Missed Lessons = You have NOT contacted me in advance and you will be charge. ** If you have to miss a lesson, we will reschedule a make-up time for that lesson, free of charge.

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Early Childhood Music Teacher
Oct 2017 - Present
Play Arts

General Music Teacher
Apr 2017 - Present
Settlement Music School

K-8 General Music Teacher
Sep 2016 - Jun 2017
School District of Philadelphia

Summer Music Camp Counselor
Jul 2013 - Jul 2015
Stokes Forest Music Camp

Private Woodwinds Instructor (saxophone, flute & clarinet)
Jan 2014 - Jun 2014
The Shipley School

Bryn Mawr, PA

Private Saxophone Instruction, Jazz Workshop Director
Jan 2011 - Jun 2014
Community Music Scholars Program (CMSP)

Affiliated with Temple University


B.M. Music Education, Jazz Studies
Sep 2010 - Dec 2014
Temple University


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


Instructional I, Music PK-12
Jun 2015
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Photos & Videos

My arrangement of "Moonlight In Vermont"
Performing at Dizzy's Jazz Club in New York City with the Temple University Big Band under the direction of Terell Stafford.

Performing on baritone saxophone in a student recital at Temple University.

Baritone Saxophone Trio playing tunes of Pepper Adams and Gerry Mulligan at Chris's Jazz Cafe in Philadelphia, PA.

Playing the tenor saxophone at my senior recital where I performed many of my own original compositions and arrangements.

Performing an original composition entitled, "Green Street Suite" on tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone and voice.

7 Reviews

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Brian B. Feb 12, 2017
Singing · In home

She was very patient,nice and welcoming.she was a great teacher.

Will B. Aug 12, 2015
Saxophone · In studio

Maria is my first sax teacher and i loveeeed her. She is extremely patient, and knows how to teach (which is so important). She also inspires me for jazz solo pieces. I remember one time she just asked me to improvise and great music was "forced" out of my horn.

She is a great teacher and I would def have kept taking lessons from her if not she moved out of town. I am really hoping that she will return and do lessons with me again.

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Jon S. Oct 2, 2014
Flute · In studio

I can't say enough about how great Maria is! She was quickly able to assess my ability and create a unique lesson plan catering to my goals. Each lesson was informative, fun, and most importantly- helped immensely with my playing. I happily recommend Maria to anyone hoping to expand their musical horizons.

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Will B. Sep 18, 2014
Saxophone · In studio

I've been taking saxophone lessons from Maria for almost two months now (I was a total beginner). Maria not only plays the Sax beautifully, she is also able to teach her skills to me in an extremely easy-to-follow fashion. Every lesson with her, not only my skills had improved, it was also such a pleasant experience. With her help, I went from being able to practice 15 mins/ day, to an hour everyday, which mostly due to her innovative teaching techniques to make practice not so boring. She is professional and talented. Every time I play a duet with her (I've been doing this since lesson 2, also Maria's idea) my interest for the Sax just got deeper. In short, she is a great teacher and a wonderful friend, and I am really really luck to have found her as my first Sax teacher.

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Lorenz S. Jul 8, 2014
Saxophone · In studio

Maria is very patient & does know music well & excellent as a teacher. She has a VERY LOVELY singing voice as well; Lol, as you'll discover just from her humming out pitched notes & melodies to repeat & play sometimes during the lesson.

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Rich K. Feb 14, 2014
Saxophone ·

Sign up with Maria!!

Maria is an intelligent, caring, and thoughtful teacher. She listens and takes the time to customize your lessons according to your needs and ability. She is the consummate professional, placing you at ease and pacing the lesson so you never feel rushed or feel afraid to make mistakes or ask questions. I've had music instructors my entire life and Maria is the very best! Sign up with her today!!

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Roberta C. Jan 12, 2014
Clarinet ·

Understood my musical needs

As an adult student who has some musical background, Maria was able to adapt her teaching to what is perfect for me. Not too slow, not too fast. Time just flew by and I feel I got something out of every minute.

She says she loves teaching and it shows. I'd bet she's just as good with kids and teenagers, with those with music knowledge and without, as she was with me.

I'm very happy that I signed up with her and am looking forward to more lessons.

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