Maria Valencia

Maria V.

Durham, NC

Lesson Details



Maria delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 4+ and special needs

Teaching since:
January 2001

Violist Maria F. V. began her music studies at the Carabobo Music Conservatory where she played in the Infantile & Youth Orchestras, and in the Carabobo Symphony Orchestra. She then transcended her studies to the Simon Bolivar Music Conservatory and into the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela. She has performed with different other orchestras such Venezuela Youth National Orchestra, New Jersey Youth Orchestra, Peru National Orchestra, Gustav Mahler Symphony Orchestra, and Latin-American Symphony Orchestra. She has worked with conductors such as Eduardo Salazar, Joshua Dos Santos, Gustavo Dudamel, Sir Simon Rattle and Claudio Abbado.

She holds a BM Performance degree from University of Kentucky, and a MM Performance degree from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro where she worked as Teacher Assistant under Scott Rawls. She has attended several music festivals within the United States and Internationally such as: Cincinnati Conservatory Music Festival, Cleveland Institute of Music Viola Workshop, Brevard Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Orford Music Center in Canada, Parma Conservatory-Italy, Musica en Compostela in Spain, and many others. Back at home in Venezuela she is considered founder of el Sistema’s Carabobo Music Conservatory. Her Major teachers include Santiago Garmendia, Margaret Karp, John Graham, and Scott Rawls.

As a performer, soloist and active chamber musician, and as a pedagogue, I provide private lessons to any individual interested in the art of music, education, and the good times. My teaching welcomes individuals from the youngest to college students. My primary instrument is the Viola, and simultaneously I focus on the instruction of the Violin, and the early and beginning studies of the piano. I have great experience as master class teacher, sectional leader, group teaching, and individual or one-in-one pioneer.

Apart from the academic outcomes the student will obtain at lessons, my intentions as a teacher and artist is to incorporate and welcome the student in the fantastic music world and literature. One of the many purposes of music is the idea of the student developing a sense of responsibility along with following tasks in a didactic and dynamic manner. I love bringing and promoting the idea and the philosophy of enthusing and inculcating a leadership position of the student in the family, and building most importantly a harmonic and artistic environment among their relatives and into their homes. I love to program and propose little student recitals in where the student will have the opportunity in performing the pieces worked throughout the teaching sessions in a little concert for their friends and family. Every student loves the fun in which they get from these opportunities and from their performance experiences. I do believe that the learning and instruction of music is an important influential factor in participating and in the development of many other abilities and skills; in the expansion and promotion of creativity, the adoption of a more discipline attitude for other arts, it helps to easier approach other academic courses, and to focus on developing the tools and creativity to participate at their schools and anywhere else.

*** Lesson Details ***
About the teaching methods used, I basically like to approach the beginner student through the methods of Suzuki, which is a very efficient and didactic method most pedagogues uses today. This one is a clear method that demands from the student and it simultaneous engages the interaction and participation of their parents, family, friends, and their community as well. In other occasions, it is most common that I would also incorporate a new student to my studio-transfer students-, who would have used other materials and methods with his/her previous instructor. In this case I would continue using his/her methods to examine the level and content learned and practiced. Then, it is in later lessons where we might establish and suggest other good methods and books to which the student might be ready to switch or scale up to.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Books, Stands, Metronomes, Chairs, Tuning & repair equipment, and more.

*** Specialties ***
Viola, Violin. Chamber, private, solo, & orchestra.

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Jul 2011 - Jul 2013
University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC

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Aug 2012 - Mar 2013

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Assist on the creation of the Nucleo policies and then be responsible for its successful application and implement. Formulate new goals and objectives. Create student evaluations and manage auditions.
Create excellent communication between the Executive Director and the teachers and staff from Nucleo. Communicate and update Executive Director of Nucleo activities and progress. Report of any issues or situations immediately to Executive Director and Parents. Create great communication with the student’s parents. Work in collaboration with Mozart’s Coordinator to assure the successful implementation of the Curriculum, and to create a bridge or curriculum connection from beginner students to more advance students. Translator: documents Spanish & English, and Executive Director bilingual mediator.

Leader in cultivating a great relationship with the community, artists, or other individuals interested in the program.

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Jan 2011 - Mar 2013

Instructor of after school rehearsals and private lessons at the partner Schools: E.K Powe, Eastway, Y.E Smith Elementary School, Club Blvd. Magnet Elementary School, and Maureen Joy Charter School.

Teaching involved violin, viola, orchestra, chamber, and conducting.

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Instructor of the University of Kentucky String Project
Aug 2005 - Dec 2007
University of Kentucky

Conductor, leader, and string teacher at this weekend music program for young musicians from around the city.


MM in Music
Aug 2009 - May 2011
University of North Carolina Greensboro
BM in Music
Aug 2005 - May 2009
University of Kentucky


Professional Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency


Teaching License
Feb 2014
Durham Public Schools


Teacher Assistant
Aug 2009
University of North Carolina- Greensboro
Winner of the Accent08 Competition
Jul 2008
William Parker Scholarship
Aug 2005
University of Kentucky


National Association for Music Education
Jan 2014

National Association for Music Education (NAfME), among the world’s largest arts education organizations, is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. 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. The Association orchestrates success for millions of students nationwide and has supported music educators at all teaching levels for more than a century.

Since 1907, NAfME has worked to ensure that every student has access to a well-balanced, comprehensive, and high-quality program of music instruction taught by qualified teachers.

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Music Teachers National Association
Sep 2013

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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5 Reviews

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Emily N. Feb 16, 2017
Violin · In studio

Maria is truly an amazing teacher. She continuously motivates me to keep trying even when we are learning a difficult concept.

Ashley Oct 8, 2016
Violin · In studio

Maria is patient and great with my 8 year old daughter. She is an awesome person to know.

Angelia G. Dec 23, 2015
Violin · In studio

She's very willing to help with new students. She's very patient and a great instructor. Recommend!

Angelia G. Nov 24, 2015
Violin · In studio

She was absolutely amazing, she made it very easy to learn an I will continue lessons with her

Srini K. Jan 5, 2015
Violin · In home

Ms. Maria is an excellent instructor. Unfortunately distance and time did not work for us.

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