Mary Alice McCann
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Mary Alice McCann

Mary Alice M.

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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I love sharing my passion for music-making with others. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned player wishing to brush up on your skills, I can help you develop a more in-depth experience with your instrument. I work with students of all ages. I emphasize developing proper technique, achieving efficient practice, and paying attention to details in the music.

About Mary Alice M.

What Do You Want to Learn?
Cello – beginner through advanced
Violin, Viola, Bass, Piano, Ukulele and Guitar – beginner through intermediate
Ear Training and Music Theory – beginner through advanced
How I Teach (temporarily online only)
I offer one-hour lessons via Zoom at agreed-upon times. In addition to lesson time, I provide digital resources for print-out and listening by the student, as well as succinct summaries of important lesson points and what to practice. Students are expected to practice 3 or more times between lessons.

Education
Bachelor’s degree in cello performance, University of Massachusetts – Lowell
Master’s degree in music education, Boston University

Teaching
Have taught for more than 30 years
Wellesley, Massachusetts public schools
Winchester, Massachusetts public schools
West Hartford, Connecticut public schools
Phillips Exeter Academy
Voted Orchestra Director of the Year by the Massachusetts Chapter, American String Teachers Association
My top orchestra won the DownBeat award as best high school chamber ensemble in North America the three years I was in West Hartford
Have maintained a private teaching studio through most of my career

Performing
Aspen Music Festival
Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute
Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music
Rivers Symphony Orchestra (Principal Cello)
Florida West Coast Symphony
Portland Symphony
New England String Ensemble

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Helen
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We’ve been lucky to have Mary Alice work with our 13 year old daughter for the past 6 months. Mary Alice chooses songs that my daughter loves and is eager to master. Subjects that can be dry become alive and engaging when taught in this context. Mary Alice has an amazing rapport with kids of all ages. Mary Alice makes musical education so fun that my daughter puts a lot of work into her lessons because she wants to, not because I make her. We couldn’t dream of a better teacher.

Posted Jan 10, 2021
Sammy
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I’ve been taking Mary Alice’s classes for a couple of months now and my singing has improved a lot including intonation, rhythm, and tone. Mary Alice is very patient and caring, she is the best music teacher I have ever worked with. All the homework is fun and takes my interests into account. When Mary Alice found out I play ukulele, she incorporated it into our lessons so that I could accompany my singing. Even though the classes are remote, Mary Alice finds a way to make them interesting and productive.

Posted Jan 10, 2021

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