Miranda Bartira Sousa

Miranda Bartira S.

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

Teaching since:
2002

Hi! My name is Miranda and I'm a Bassist and Music teacher. I've been playing and teaching Music for more than 15 years, and I've had students of all ages.

I'm Brazilian, and I've performed in several orchestras, both in Brazil and in the US. I've also played in musicals (Cabaret, Gypsy, The Wizard of Oz, Fiddler on the Roof, among others) - this is something that I really enjoy doing! I'm also a singer, and I've sung in choirs and in Bossa Nova and Jazz bands.

I have a Master's degree in Performance (bass) and another one in Popular Music (Brazilian Music). Right now I've just moved to Pittsburgh, PA, for my PhD in Musicology.I love to learn about Music!

A little bit about my experience as a Music teacher: I've taught at universities, conservatories, social projects, private studio, K-12... I love to teach Orchestra, and I'm a conductor. I write arrangements for my orchestras now and then, mostly with a pedagogical intent.

I enjoy to teach kids very much, and I'm a certified Suzuki teacher. I also hold a standard certificate for Music (K-12), issued by the state of Texas, and I'm a member of TMEA. That doesn't mean I don't like to teach adults; my oldest student ever was 72! It's never too late to learn Music and to have fun doing it! If you want to give it a try, I can help you. Just contact me!

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Experience

Orchestra Director
Aug 2017 - Jul 2018
E D Walker Middle School, Dallas ISD

Bass section and First chair
Feb 2015 - May 2018
Kingsville Symphony Orchestra (TX)

Bass section
Jan 2015 - Jun 2017
Valley Symphony Orchestra

Education

Musicology, PhD
Aug 2018 - Present
University of Pittsburgh
Double Bass Performance - Master's degree
Jan 2015 - May 2017
University of Texas - Rio Grande Valley (TX)
Etnomusicology (Brazilian Popular Music) - Master's degree
Jan 2007 - Dec 2009
Institute of the Arts Julio de mesquita Filho, UNESP. Sao Paulo, Brazil

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Portuguese
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Spanish
Professional Proficiency

Certifications

Standard Music Certificate
Jun 2018
Texas Education Agency

I'm certified to teach Music to K-12 by the State of Texas Board of Education.

Suzuki Method
Jun 2010
Suzuki Association of the Americas

I'm certified in Suzuki Bass, as well as in the Suzuki metodology.

Awards

Student Merit Travel Award
Jan 2015
University of Texas - Rio Grande Valley (TX)

Affiliations

Teach for America
Jan 2017

Teach For America is growing the movement of leaders who work to ensure that kids growing up in poverty get an excellent education.

Society for Ethnomusicology
Mar 2015

SEM is a U.S.-based organization with an international membership of approximately 1,750 individuals dedicated to the study of all forms of music from diverse humanistic and social scientific perspectives. We examine music as central to human experience throughout space and time, and explore its profound relationship to cognition, emotion, language, dance, visual arts, spiritual belief, social organization, collective identity, politics, conflict and peace, economics, the physical body, and mental health. Through SEM programs and the work of our individual members, we seek to advance academic and public understanding and appreciation of music as a cultural phenomenon of unlimited variety and as a resource that is fundamental to the well being of individuals and communities.

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Texas Music Educators Association
Jan 2015

Begun in 1920 as the Texas Band Teachers Association, the Texas Music Educators Association is an organization of over 10,000 school music educators dedicated to promoting excellence in music education. TMEA is comprised of five divisions: Band, Orchestra, Vocal, Elementary and College. On behalf of its members and Texas schoolchildren, TMEA carefully monitors the actions of all state decision-making bodies on issues affecting fine arts instruction in Texas. In addition to many member benefits, TMEA offers professional development opportunities for its members with Region workshops and especially with its annual Clinic/Convention. TMEA supports the future of music education by offering scholarships to music education majors and by sponsoring the Texas Future Music Educators, an organization through which high school students interested in careers in music education learn more about what to expect in their college education and future careers.

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Suzuki Association of the Americas
Jan 2010

The Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA) is a coalition of teachers, parents, educators, and others who are interested in making music education available to all children. The SAA provides programs and services to members throughout North and South America.

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International Society of Bassists
Jan 1998

The International Society of Bassists was founded by the world-renowned virtuoso Gary Karr in 1967. With nearly 3,000 members in over 40 countries, the ISB publishes a triannual magazine, Bass World, with an eclectic mix of articles about soloists, jazz and orchestral players, early music, pedagogy, international personalities and orchestras and reviews of new print music and recordings, plus monthly e-newsletters and communications.

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Photos & Videos

The Fiddler on the Roof (2014)

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With student at the Conservatory of Guarulhos, Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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Performing the play 'Operilda in the Amazonic Orchestra' (2014).
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Aracy Aug 11, 2018
Upright Bass · In studio

I am an orchestra director and worked closely with Miranda in a school district. Miranda is not only very knowledgeable in bass performance, pedagogy and repertoire, but she has been also highly successful in ensemble teaching. I highly recommend Miranda as a teacher!

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