Maria Pearse

Maria P.

Knoxville, TN
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About Maria P.

Maria was born in Moscow, Russia. Her mother was a piano teacher and started Maria playing at 4. She studied at the legendary Moscow Conservatory with Victor Merzhanov. In the US, she won the Houston Symphony Ima Hogg Young Artist Competition and debuted with the Symphony performing Beethoven's Third Piano Concerto. She earned her Bachelor's of Music at the University of Houston.

For her Master's, she studied organ at Rice University with the world-famous teacher Clyde Holloway. She won many national competitions, including Gruenstein Memorial Organ Competition in Chicago and San Antonio Pipe Organ Competition.

The Russian School of Playing has produced some of the world's greatest pianists. This method is fun and lays down the foundation for a relaxed way of playing, which gives confidence and technical security, while enabling one to produce beautiful "singing" tone on the piano. This helps students of all ages to take their piano-playing to new heights.

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  • Speaks Russian, English
  • Piano from Moscow Conservatory
  • Teaches students 7 and up

Reviews (18)

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Lydia K. Dec 16, 2019
Piano · In studio

Maria focuses on foundation, which is the most important strategy for improving in a long term. Maria puts effort to make piano as fun and beautiful instead of hard training. She is also very flexible in lesson times and tries to accommodate students' interest and need. I am glad I found her as my teacher!

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Mark Jul 1, 2019
Piano · In studio

I throughly enjoy the lesson time spent with Maria as a beginner. She is an accomplished musician and transmits her passion for the piano to me as her student. She is kind and patient and totally focused on my comfort level and ensuring that I understand her approach to learning to play. I would highly recommend her to anyone interested in starting with the basics and having the enthusiasm for learning that she has for teaching.

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Phillip Apr 13, 2019
Classical Piano · In studio

Maria has been a joy to work with. She is kind, compassionate and patient. She is an amazing teacher and my lessons have been transformative. Every time I leave a session with Maria I am excited, rejuvenated and my skills are most certainly elevated. She makes music fun. She is also thorough and comprehensive and teaches excellent fundamentals. I would strongly recommend her to anyone interested in learning piano.

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David Apr 11, 2019
Piano · Online

Having a wonderful time learning with Maria. I'm returning to the piano after a 20+ year hiatus, and after a couple months reacquainting my self with the piano I found Take Lessons. I chose Maria based on her experience and background. I'm excited to change not only my touch on the piano, but also in my approach to learning a new piece of music. Maria is very thorough in helping me dissect the music so I fully understand not just which keys to press, but how make music out of it. Thanks Maria!!

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Chris Mar 27, 2019
Classical Piano · In studio

Great experience with talented and passionate professional. I am older student and Maria patiently works with my schedule and level of ability. Recommended highly.

Sarah Jul 30, 2018
Classical Piano · In studio

I am honored to finally write a review for Maria!

Having already been a musician for a decade on various other instruments, I was looking for a teacher that could help me learn technique for piano. I found Maria on this website and have never had a better private teacher.

She quickly adapted to my experience level, gave constant feedback, called me on my mistakes (in the nicest way possible) and encouraged me to succeed.

I would absolutely recommend her to anyone looking to learn piano, regardless of your musical background. She is a wonderful, kind, incredibly knowledgeable teacher and is a very welcoming and encouraging person. I am so glad to have had her as my teacher.

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Lucy May 9, 2018
Piano · In studio

Maria's a beautiful human being.

Collin Apr 8, 2018
Piano · In studio

My son really enjoyed his first lesson!

Tina Jan 25, 2018
Piano · In studio

Maria is a terrific instructor. As an older beginning student, I appreciate that she helps me meet goals that we set. I like that she tailors our lesson to meet those goals. She is extremely patient. I am having a great time!

Mike Jan 12, 2018
Russian · In studio

My company does business in Russia so learning the language is important for me. I tried programs like Rosetta Stone but progress was slow and frustrating. Learning from a native speaker like Maria is the best way I have found. Being able to receive answers to questions quickly with explanations of the culture along with the language is invaluable. She works at my pace and tailors lessons to my needs. I am finally learning to speak, read and converse in Russian . This is the only real way to learn.

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Veteran W. Nov 7, 2017
Piano · In home

Great Teacher. Was kind and helpful to my Veteran. Very well done. He loved it.

patsy Oct 24, 2017
Piano · In studio

My Granddaughter is five years old and loves to take lessons from "Ms. Maria." Maria makes lessons age appropriate and she makes them fun. My granddaughter looks forward to lessons each week and she is learning
so much and she talks about what she learns. I highly recommend Ms. Maria
to any person who is considering a piano teacher for a young child.

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Kavita Aug 11, 2017
Piano · In studio

It is so nice to have an instructor who not only cares about my child's musical interests, but also my child's welfare in general. Ms. Maria is compassionate about music, but also in her teaching style.

Anna Drake Apr 4, 2017
Russian · In studio

Best, sweetest Russian teacher. I learned a lot about the language and the culture. Russian movies are lots of fun. Highly recommended. Большое спасибо!

Michael Apr 3, 2017

I get the honor to be the first to write something about Maria! I have known this Lady for several years. I am a musician. I play the guitar. I am not yet ready to learn the piano but when I am there is no one I'd rather take lessons from than this wonderful Woman! She is of the highest integrity. Genuinely sincere. With a loving heart! I can honestly say there are not enough stars to rate this human being.

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Lucy Russell Apr 3, 2017

I learned both Russian and piano from this gifted teacher. Now I will trust her wth my ten year old. Can't wait to see what she does. Thanks.

charles Apr 2, 2017
Piano · In studio

The Russian method helped to play again, after a long absence due to injury. It's wonderful to play Chopin and Rachmaninov in such a relaxed way. Thanks also for sharing your great knowledge and love of music with me. Every lesson was unique and fun and opened a new door. I look forward to many more lessons in the coming years!

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Celia P. Apr 1, 2017
Classical Piano · In studio

Thank you for not only being the best piano teacher I ever had but also helping me in so many other ways on the path of self-discovery. You changed my life. I will always be grateful for my three "Russian" years!


Piano and Pipe Organ Teacher
Jun 1990 - Present


Pianist and Organist
Mar 1979 - Jan 1989

Congregation Beth Yeshurun

George Wagner, music director.

Piano and Pipe Organ Student Teacher
Aug 1983 - May 1986

Shepherd School of Music, Rice University


Master's Degree in Music Performance
Aug 1981 - May 1986

Shepherd School of Music, Rice University

Private Instruction
Jun 1976 - Sep 1980

Roberto Eyzaguirre

Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance, Magna cum Laude
Aug 1974 - May 1976

University of Houston

Sep 1969 - May 1973

Moscow Conservatory



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Frederick Royal Gibbons Memorial Award for Outstanding Organ Performance
May 1984

Rice University

Awarded by Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top)
Frederick Royal Gibbons Memorial Award for Outstanding Organ Performance
May 1983

Rice University


FIRST PRIZE Gruenstein Memorial Pipe Organ Competition in Chicago
Oct 1984

Gruestein foundation

San Antonio Pipe Organ Competition
Feb 1984

University Presbyterian Church, William C. Hall Foundation

Ima Hogg Young Artist Competition
Jun 1976

Houston Symphony


Music Teachers National Association
Apr 2017
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.
American Guild of Organists
Sep 1981
The mission of the American Guild of Organists is to enrich lives through organ and choral music. To achieve this we: 1. Encourage excellence in the performance of organ and choral music 2.Inspire, educate, and offer certification for organists and choral conductors 3. Provide networking, fellowship, and mutual support 4.Nurture future generations of organists 5. Promote the organ in its historic and evolving roles; and 6. Engage wider audiences with organ and choral music.

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