INTRODUCING

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Online Violin & Viola Program

My Online Violin/Viola Program will give you the fundamental music theories and techniques you need to succeed in your practice. Forget the lack of time to study, keeping your motivation up or not having a clear roadmap for your practice. 
 
All this in a straightforward and easy way to understand for anyone new to learning or already an experienced performer. I will help you be aware of the interlocking mechanisms between your body and the instrument with a training I’ve tested in my daily practice as a professional touring musician.
 
As a result I’ve developed a plan with exercises introduced to the student gradually in a dynamic way with specific weekly challenges. My classes are for violin and viola students of all levels who wish to develop their own musical personality as well as solid technique.

With this program you'll learn that playing violin & viola is easy... if you know how! 

ABOUT ME

Meet Mara

A Violin-Viola Coach & Neuro-Linguistic Programming practitioner, classical and electronic musician, professional traveler exploring the world.

Since starting teaching the violin in my teenage years, my vision has been to develop my practice in a body conscious, mindful and effective way and to empower my students do the same. So that YOU can optimise your technique practice and find your creative voice.

 

My students are absolutely passionate about their musical journey. As their coach I help them become confident, independent and original players who can develop the tools to create and communicate emotions on their own terms. 

 

I’ve performed and recorded with top players and ensembles including H. Schellenberger, Snarky Puppy (Grammy award winning), Junkie XL,  European Baroque Orchestra as principal viola and European Chamber Orchestra as co-principal. Performing in concert halls around the world such as the Berliner Philharmoniker (DE), Concertgebouw (NL), Centro Cultural Kirchner (ARG), UNESCO (FR). As well as working as a string teacher at Instrumenta Festival (Oaxaca, MEX), teacher assistant at the Liceu Conservatory (Barcelona, ES) and extern jury member at the conservatories of ARTEZ, Arnhem and CODARTS, Rotterdam (NL).

 

As for qualifications? Next to my Musical Performance Master Degree and Musical Research University Master focused in Artificial Intelligence. I’m a Neuro-Linguistic Programming practitioner, certified in Emotional Intelligence As A Tool For Teaching and Neuroscience Applied To Education coach.

 

That’s my story in a nutshell. For the extended version click below!

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After 20 years of teaching and helping students find their own organic way, I’ve developed a straightforward process that works if you are:

Just getting started and think playing violin requires a special talent

 

Stuck with old habits with no idea how to improve your technique 

 

Waiting for the evasive perfect moment when you feel good enough to play in front of someone else

 

Struggling to find the time to practice

 

Passionate about your love for music and violin playing  

 

Ready to create a consistent practice 

You're in the right place and I'm going to help you and give you the knowledge, tools, and guidance you need to finally achieve your violin playing goals.

VIOLIN FUNDAMENTALS

What you'll learn

Master a solid technical foundation 

and get rid of bad old habits by understanding the fundamental principles of violin technique. Learn how to integrate your daily movements in the approach to the instrument. Bringing awareness and balance to your playing.

Tools for making your practice work for you

by simultaneously learning about music theory and history  you will be able to become independent and creative in your own practice. As a result you'll expand your musical influences and develop your creativity.

Create a reliable study routine

that will keep you motivated by saving you time. I will help you find out what works best for you, by showing you the most effective steps tailored to your needs. You will learn how to study properly and effectively.

Nurture a positive and encouraging inner critic

by understanding your thought process you will be able to optimise your playing. Many times your beliefs may hold you back from reaching your desired goals. This is the reason why it is important to address our limiting beliefs through the correct use of language.

Develop your own musical ideas

you will be capable to adapt new exercises to your own evolving musical needs. Our main goal is that you learn the tools that will ultimately help you communicate emotions, musical ideas and develop your own musical personality.

YouTube 

Watch me teaching a violin student

w/ Rob Landes

Watch this video to see how I teach new violin students

Teaching has always been one of the things I enjoy the most. Specially when it comes to discovering how the students think, to show them that the only limitations with the instrument are the ones that they set to themselves, most of the time unconsciously. I’ve always believed that there are no challenging students, just different ways of communicating the same idea. 

The past year brought many changes and evolution. Sometimes difficult to accept, some others (un)expected and serendipitous. But always meaningful and learnful. One of the most enriching experiences for me has been being able to build a multicultural class with students from India, Saudi Arabia, China, USA, Denmark, Norway, Peru, Venezuela, Spain, England and still expanding... 

METHOD

How I teach 

I show students of all levels with a genuine passion for music how to optimise and amplify their practice to achieve their goals and unlock their creative potential.

I make sure that the approach and methods that I employ are situationally appropriate for each player by constructing individualised lesson plans, in order to enhance their natural talents. It’s important that students reflect on their individual approach to playing the instrument and that originality is something to aspire to. I employ the Socratic method, which involves asking questions and encouraging introspection, during lessons in order to get students thinking about the fundamental ways in which they approach playing an instrument.  Often the lesson turns into a exchange that allows the student to be an active participant in their own learning.

 

Improvisation

Ultimately, I want students to develop their own innovative way of thinking and playing.  Students can get a sense of this early on during individual lessons where I introduce and incorporate elements of improvisation to help develop creativity and self expression. I truly find it essential when students express themselves freely through music by working and playing together with basic elements of improvisation, in order to liberate them from the music sheet.

Mara had the most profound impact on my musical trajectory. She is also the reason I started taking my music project seriously. My lack of confidence faded as my inspiration grew from her broad passion, deep knowledge and patience.

- Diane H.

violin student, interior & set designer

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France / Ghana

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GUIDANCE ELEMENTS

What you'll get

When you enroll in my program

4 sessions of 40 minutes

tailored according to your specific needs

Recording of the sessions

To review at your own pace

Notes 

explaining the main subjects we work during the sessions, example pictures and relevant links

Asynchronous Feedback

I encourage my students to submit a video during each week to check your study progress and be better prepared for next lesson

Solo Violin/Viola arrangement 

of a piece you'd like to play

Full help and support 

I’ll offer my time to answer your questions any moment during the week

(A €460 Value)

PRICING

Lesson Program

Violin - Viola

Contact me for a FREE 20 minute consultation 

Let's talk about your goals and answer any questions. When in doubt, reach out!

164

  • 4 weekly lessons of 40 minutes with schedule flexibility

  • Recording 

  • Notes of the sessions

  • Asynchronous feedback

  • 1 arrangement

  • Full chat support 

Individual Lesson 

Violin - Viola

Contact me for a FREE 20 minute consultation 

Let's talk about your goals and answer any questions.

When in doubt, reach out!

Individual Lesson 

Violin - Viola

Contact me for a FREE 20 minute consultation 

Let's talk about your goals and answer any questions.

When in doubt, reach out!

70

  • 1 hour lesson 

  • Recording and notes of the sessions

35

  • 30 minutes lesson 

  • Recording and notes of the sessions

Asynchronous Feedback

Violin - Viola

Contact me for a FREE 20 minute consultation 

Let's talk about your goals and answer any questions.

When in doubt, reach out!

40

  • 4 video weekly submissions of your playing

  • 4 recordings of me assessing your playing and giving you advice and excersices to work on 

  • Full chat support 

combinación ideal

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He compartido diversos proyectos, grabaciones y escenarios con Mara en muchas ocasiones. Mara siempre me ha sorprendido con su alto nivel de profesionalismo . Ella tiene una combinación ideal que no es fácil de encontrar en los músicos: gran técnica, musicalidad profunda y una mente abierta y flexible . Recomiendo sus clases al 100%.

—  Federico Nathan

violinist Metropole Orkest

Lecturer Berklee  College of Music Valencia

Uruguay

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Let's talk!

Valencia - Amsterdam - La Habana

info@maratieles.com  |  Tel: +31614052487

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