Maria Wagner
39 Cumberland Ave, Apt 1, Portland ME, 04101
Instruments: Clarinet
Styles: Classical, Kids
Levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Experience: 6 years
Rate: $40 / hr
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Personal Statement
Maria teaches private clarinet lessons in the greater Portland, ME area, currently in Gorham, Westbrook, and Portland. Many of her students are members of the Portland Youth Ensembles and are regularly accepted into Maine's district and All-State festivals. Each spring, Maria holds a studio recital, during which her students are given the opportunity to perform a solo piece with a piano accompaniment. She is also the clarinet instructor and coach for the Southern Maine Music Academy [SoMMA] held each summer at USM.

"My purpose as a private clarinet instructor is to learn about the goals of my students and to help them achieve those goals; whether they aspire to become a professional musician, to learn the clarinet as a hobby, or anything in between.
I believe that developing a strong foundation for all aspects of playing a wind instrument lies in awareness of how the body uses the breath, so I work regularly with students to emphasize correct posture, relaxation, and breathing techniques. I also believe in nurturing our natural ability to listen, that is often so strong as children, so lessons frequently include some ear training.
To me, playing music is all about communication: with the audience, with other musicians with whom we are playing, and with ourselves. Like any exercise of the body, a clarinetist must practice scales and exercises to strengthen his/her technique, but ultimately, it is essential to keep in mind why we play music, and to nurture the gift of music as a means to express and explore parts of ourselves that may not be reached with words alone."


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