Mariel Contreras

Mariel C.

Mesa, AZ

About Mariel C.

Mariel teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: April 2007
Last sign in: 4 days ago

Overview

I was born in Mexico City and have been playing violin for 17 years. I received my degree in Music Education from Brigham Young University, and have been teaching people of all ages and levels for 7 years.

My main goal for my students is to help them build the very solid basics of their instrument. With my training and experience with string instruments, I can help them develop a good sound that will give them the confidence to continue their studies and perform for others. Although my training has been mostly in classical music, I have had experience teaching all kinds of genres such as country, bluegrass, and pop.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a Suzuki certified teacher and use the books for my lessons. If you can't read music, I'll teach you all that you need to know when you're ready! What you can expect from me is to help you get a good, solid start and build up your skills from there. I will do all that it takes to help you be satisfied with your progress and help you reach your goals!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I don't provide my students with any equipment. They need to bring their own books, instrument, and supplies such as shoulder rest, rosin, bow, etc.

*** Specialties ***
Suzuki Method

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Experience

Violin Instructor

May 2013 - Present
Lonestar School of Music

Provide individual instruction on violin with students of all ages

Music Teacher

Aug 2013 - May 2014
Harmony Public Schools

Provided instruction in general music to grades K-6 and also provided violin instruction after school for students in grades 2-5th grade

Violin Instructor

Jan 2011 - Dec 2012
BYU

Provided violin instruction for college students at various levels

Violin Instructor

Aug 2010 - Dec 2012
Utah School of Music and Dance

Provided individual instruction on violin with students of all ages

Education

Music Education

Aug 2008 - Dec 2012
Brigham Young University

Languages Spoken

English, Spanish

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Suzuki Violin

Jul 2014
Suzuki Association of the Americas

Every Child Can Learn

More than fifty years ago, Japanese violinist Shinichi Suzuki realized the implications of the fact that children the world over learn to speak their native language with ease. He began to apply the basic principles of language acquisition to the learning of music, and called his method the mother-tongue approach. The ideas of parent responsibility, loving encouragement, constant repetition, etc., are some of the special features of the Suzuki approach.

Parent Involvement
As when a child learns to talk, parents are involved in the musical learning of their child. They attend lessons with the child and serve as “home teachers” during the week. One parent often learns to play before the child, so that s/he understands what the child is expected to do. Parents work with the teacher to create an enjoyable learning environment.

Early Beginning
The early years are crucial for developing mental processes and muscle coordination. Listening to music should begin at birth; formal training may begin at age three or four, but it is never too late to begin.

Listening
Children learn words after hearing them spoken hundreds of times by others. Listening to music every day is important, especially listening to pieces in the Suzuki repertoire so the child knows them immediately.

Repetition
Constant repetition is essential in learning to play an instrument. Children do not learn a word or piece of music and then discard it. They add it to their vocabulary or repertoire, gradually using it in new and more sophisticated ways.

Encouragement
As with language, the child’s effort to learn an instrument should be met with sincere praise and encouragement. Each child learns at his/her own rate, building on small steps so that each one can be mastered. Children are also encouraged to support each other’s efforts, fostering an attitude of generosity and cooperation.

Graded Repertoire
Children do not practice exercises to learn to talk, but use language for its natural purpose of communication and self-expression. Pieces in the Suzuki repertoire are designed to present technical problems to be learned in the context of the music rather than through dry technical exercises.

Delayed Reading
Children learn to read after their ability to talk has been well established. in the same way, children should develop basic technical competence on their instruments before being taught to read music.

Affiliations

National Association for Music Education

May 2012
NAFME

Founded in 1907, NAfME is among the world’s largest arts education organizations. 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.

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2 Reviews on Mariel C.

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Nate Jan 5, 2016
Violin · In home
Verified Student
My son enjoyed his lesson very much. Mariel was patient and focused on what he wants to learn and accomplish.
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Terry E. Dec 12, 2014
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
What a joy Mariel is. So patient and understanding, puts up with my bad jokes, terrible playing and allows me to go where I want to go with the material.
I can not speak highly enough about her, but I will say I don't think any one could be better than she is.
Thanks for putting up with me Mariel