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Maria delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 8+

Teaching since:
2010

I currently work as the Strings Teacher and Orchestra Director at the Mount Kenya Academy in Nyeri, Kenya. I teach students ages 7 to 18 in both the elementary and secondary schools on the campus.

Although I am primarily a violinist, I also teach viola and cello. I especially like working with adult learners, but am happy to teach anyone who is EXCITED about music and eager to learn!

I received my Bachelor of Music in Music Performance from the University of Massachusetts Lowell (summa cum laude) and my Master of Music in Music Education from The Boston Conservatory at Berklee.

I have taught music in various schools in Massachusetts, USA such as the Natick Public Schools, The Boston Latin School, and Dedham Public Schools. I have also been an adjunct faculty member at The Boston Conservatory at Berklee, where I taught music theory and ear training to graduate students.

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Experience

Strings Teacher and Orchestra Director
Jan 2017 - Present
Mount Kenya Academy

I teach private, semi-private, and group lessons on violin, viola, and cello. Currently, I teach ages 7 through 18. I also teach and conduct the MKA Junior School Orchestra (ages 10-13) and the MKA Senior School orchestra (ages 13-18).

I prepare students for the ABRSM practical exams on violin, viola, and cello as well.

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Education

Music Education
Jun 2012 - Aug 2013
The Boston Conservatory at Berklee
Bachelor of Music Performance; Education
Sep 2008 - May 2012
University of Massachusetts Lowell

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Kiswahili
Limited Proficiency

Certifications

Teaching License (Initial)
Jun 2013
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

I have been licensed by the state of Massachusetts (USA) to teach Music (Instrumental or Vocal, all levels).

Photos & Videos

Performing with my high school orchestra (Pachelbel's Canon in D) during a concert that was broadcast on Kenyan National TV

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Leading my high school orchestra at a school concert in Nyeri, Kenya

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Performing at a local restaurant.  To me, it's so important that music teachers keep up an active performance schedule themselves

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In addition to the violin, I have also been playing the trumpet for 20 years

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My current teaching classroom.  I teach orchestral strings: violin, viola, and cello

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Photo by Maria P.

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2 Reviews

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Jeff Jun 22, 2018
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I have always wanted to learn an instrument... Just a few sessions with Maria and Viola seems so easy to play. Her instructions are simple to follow and I hope to play my daughter her favorite songs soon.

Isaac Jun 22, 2018
Violin ·

Maria is a very talented and experienced violin instructor. Her lessons are simplified, and that makes it very easy to understand concepts and still have fun while learning.

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