Lesson Feesfrom $50.00 / 45 Minutes
Maria is a Professional Flautist, Singer and Composer.
She finished her Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz at the prestigious Guildhall School of Music, where she studied with some of the countries’ top jazz and classical flautists including Gareth Lockrane, Ian Clarke, Stan Sulzmann and also voice with the legendary Tina May.
Maria is experienced in both jazz and classical music and she gigs regularly in the UK as well as in Europe. She has performed in some of the countries best music venues including Ronnie Scott’s, Kings place, The Spice of Life and more. Maria was the official flute chair for the National Youth Jazz Orchestra between 2018-2020. She also runs a few of her own projects including a jazz duo ‘Maria & James’ and a fusion sextet ‘Topoľana’ where she combines her musical heritage (Slovak folk music) with jazz.
Maria has been teaching Music for over 6 years: private tuition for both children and adults, group improvisation lessons and music workshops.
Maria's main goal in her teaching is for the pupil to enjoy music and to continue to grow through the playing of their instrument - both as a musician and as a person.
Maria’s approach is always suited to the needs of her pupil and with her experience with different styles and aspects of music, the topics she covers with her students may include:
- performance techniques
- how to practice effectively
- music theory
- composition / arranging / songwriting
- music software (Sibelius, Logic Pro X)
- active music listening & transcription
Martina (February 2017)
Maria is a fantastic teacher full of energy and enthusiasm. She has given me great tips to enhance my practice and has supported me to overcome my insecurities. Lessons with her are fun and I always walk away inspired and keen to continue learning.
Keira (June 2021)
Maria has been an absolutely fantastic teacher these past 2 years. I first started seeing her for in-person lessons which were brilliant! Once we switched to online lessons, the transition was very smooth and worked just as well. Maria is extremely organised and thorough. She has helped me so much with my sight reading, confidence in my playing and musical knowledge. She was able to tailor the lessons to both my original goals and to switch it up whenever I needed that. She has been both a teacher and mentor to me and I would highly recommend her.
Joh (Sept 2021)
Quite simply, Maria is a wonderful teacher and mentor, and I am so glad that I found her! As an adult learner, it can be hard to find the time, energy, or motivation to keep practicing and developing, especially if balancing this with full-time work (not to mention the pandemic). But every time I have a lesson (whether in person or via Zoom), Maria inspires and energises me, with an exciting new tune, or an interesting new approach, or a new method for effective practice. And if my energy is low, she helps me find a positive way to work from this position without becoming self-critical - for example, we might change the pace or focus accordingly. She is clearly passionate about her own onward development in music and jazz, and she shares this passion and enthusiasm with her students - it's infectious! She's kept my musical life going during the pandemic, and I cannot recommend her enough!