Maria Mihaescu | Instructor Bio

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  • 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’ve been running my own studio since I was a teenager.  This is my third year with YMP.

    What is your favorite thing about teaching music?  
    Being a music maker is kind of like being a music observer.  I love showing students how to listen to themselves more carefully and help them grow their ability to self-critique and be patient with themselves.  The best part is getting students to enjoy the music they themselves make while on stage!

    What do you expect of your students in classes/lessons?  
    Lesson time is really a time of 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, but really blossomed as a musician when she started playing pieces she picked out on her own. She signed back up for piano lessons with the same instructor and has been playing piano ever since. Maria started out taking lessons from Sandra Harper, a member of the Oregon Music Teachers Association. When she got accepted into Portland State she continued my lessons with Dr. Lee, with some additional terms learning accompanying from Dr. Chan.  My Bachelor’s Degree from PSU included singing in the choir, music theory, composition and history courses. Today, she performs mostly solo classical music at private recitals.  Recently, she has played keyboards for YMP’s staff band. Her early pop influences came from Stephanie Meyer’s list of bands that influenced the “Twilight Series.”  These were bands like Coldplay, Muse and My Chemical Romance. Since then she discovered electronic mood music like Flight Facilities and hard core instrumental covers like Rodrigo y Gabriela’s music. She also likes artists who sing in an older style like Amy Winehouse and Leon Bridges.

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