Maria Mihaescu | Instructor Bio

  • Maria Mihaescu
    Monday-Thursday, Saturday

  • What is your teaching philosophy?  
    Making music is fun and rewarding.  I want to impart to my students the same amount of entertainment I get from playing as well as the immense sense of accomplishment I get after doing a performance or even just mastering a skill that challenged me.

    How long have you been teaching music? At YMP?  
    I started out running my own private piano student. Since then, I’ve transitioned to working solely at YMP. This is my 8th year where!! Time flies when you are having fun!

    What is your favorite thing about teaching music?  
    I love helping students grow their own musical tastes and general appreciation for the art. The best part is getting students to appreciate the music they themselves make.

    What do you expect of your students in classes/lessons?  
    Lesson minutes are really a time for personal development. This is where we put all distractions aside and zone in on what we’re doing. Even if you haven’t practiced all week, be present and alert for all your lessons – it WILL pay off.

    About Maria
    Maria began studying music at age seven – at that time, practice was minimal. She really blossomed as a musician when she discovered that she could pick out and play any music she wanted, not just pieces assigned by an instructor. Since then, she has been growing her skills as a musician and playing piano for fun ever since. Her first serious teacher was Sandra Harper, a member of the Oregon Music Teachers Association. After being accepted into Portland State, she continued studying under Dr. Lee, with some additional terms of accompanying from Dr. Chan and of brain-based strategies from Connie Titterington. Her Bachelor’s Degree included singing in the choir, music theory, composition and history courses. Her early influences were bands like Coldplay, Muse and My Chemical Romance. Since then she has discovered electronic mood music like Flight Facilities and works by talented instrumentalists such as Rodrigo y Gabriela. She likes to listen to artists influenced by older genres, like Amy Winehouse and Leon Bridges, but her all-time favorite band is Hiatus Kaiyote (an Australian jazz-funk group).

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