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Minimal String Ensemble 

These lessons will give you the fundamental music theories and techniques you need to succeed in playing with others. All of these in a straightforward and easy way to understand, adjusted to every level. 

During our bimonthly lessons we are (of course!) going to focus in the repertoire of minimal music from 1968 until nowadays. Even though this style is inside the classical music frame, it has recently raeached a wider and younger audience through composers like Ludovico Einaudi and Max Richter. But it is important to know the history and work with the amazing music of Simeon ten HoltGlass, Reich & Riley.


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 group exercises and a specific repertoire. My classes are for violin, viola and cello students of all levels who wish to develop their own musical personality as well a solid technique.

With this program you'll learn that playing in an ensemble is easy... if you know how! 


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.


Ultimately, I want students to develop their own way of thinking and playing.  Students can get a sense of this early on during the lessons where I introduce and incorporate elements of improvisation to help develop creativity and self expression.

Develop your Critical Listening

In these lessons we will work on how to properly listen to what others are playing, in order to establish a musical dialogue.

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

My main goal is that you learn the tools that will ultimately help you communicate emotions, musical ideas and develop your own musical personality. 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.


Watch me teaching a violin student

w/ Rob Landes

Watch this video to see how I teach new violin students

I Hired PRO Violin Teachers and Pretended to be a Beginner...
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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 design individualised music parts , in order to enhance the students natural talents. 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.




What you'll get

When you enroll in my program

10 sessions of 65 minutes

tailored according to the student specific needs.


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

Asynchronous Feedback

I encourage my group students to submit a video in between each session in case there are questions. This is to help them in their study progress and be better prepared for the next lesson.

Personalised Ensemble Arrangements 

all of the individual parts are personalised to the particular needs of each student. 

Full help and support 

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


Group Lesson Program

Violin - Viola - Cello

Contact me for a FREE 20 minute consultation 

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


  • per lesson of 65 minutes

  • Asynchronous feedback

  • Personalised arrangements of each ensemble piece


ideal combination


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



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 to 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 recorded and performed 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. Playing 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).


Next to my Musical Performance Master Degree and Musical Research University Master focused on 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!


Let's talk!

Barcelona - Amsterdam - La Habana  |  Tel: +31614052487

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