Maria Price – Cello and Strings
Maria Price is a multi-instrumentalist and educator from the Boston area. She specializes in instrumental music, but also has years of experience teaching classroom music in the Dedham Public Schools, where she incorporated elements of John Feierebend and Edwin E. Gordon’s music education methods to create an environment of “tuneful, beatiful, and artful” learners.
Maria received her Bachelor of Music from the University of Massachusetts Lowell, earning a dual degree in Music Education and Music Performance within 4 years, and graduating Summa Cum Laude. She went on to earn her Masters in Music Education from The Boston Conservatory at Berklee, where she student-taught under mentors such as Susan Shipley of the Boston Latin School and Heather Kirby of Dedham Public Schools.
Recently, Maria returned to Massachusetts from two years abroad in Kenya, where she worked as Strings Teacher and Director of School Orchestras at the Mount Kenya Academy in Nyeri, Kenya. During her time at Mount Kenya Academy, she coached many individual students through ABRSM playing exams, and led the MKA Senior School orchestra to place 1st overall in the nation-wide Kenya Music Festival in August 2018.
Maria has a great interest in traditional music of the world, and has studied Cambodian music under master teacher Sovann Kohn, Ugandan drumming and xylophone/madinda music under master teacher Moses Buyondo, traditional Irish music at the Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, and Ewe dance drumming at the Dagbe Cultural Centre in Kopeyia, Ghana. She has also played with Gamelan Laras Tentrem based out of Tufts University. You can probably find her attending Irish sessions at pubs around Boston, or performing around Boston with the AfroBrazilian percussion fusion ensemble, Grooversity.
When she’s not teaching or playing music, Maria enjoys expanding her physical and mental limits through yoga, reading a good book, learning a new language (her current project is Swahili), and savoring a good cup of coffee.