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Mary V.
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String Player AND Music Educator with experience in schools
Lesson Format 30m lesson: Scales Sight-Reading Repertoire (Pieces) 45m lesson: Scales Sight-Reading Etudes Repertoire (Pieces) 60m lesson: Scales Finger Exercises Etudes Sight Reading Repertoire (Smaller Pieces) Concerto Recommendations: Beginners: One 30m session per week Enthusiastic Beginner: Two 30m sessions per week Intermediate Student: One 45m session per week Advanced/Experienced Beginners: One 45m session per week Intermediate-Advanced: One 60m session per week Clarification about level (please read to assess yourself) Beginner: No experience, interested in trying it out and seeing if it's for them Enthusiastic Beginner: No experience, motivated to improve Intermediate Student and/or Advanced Experienced Beginner Students: Students who have either already taken lessons, or perhaps are students enrolled in school programs in orchestra who have experience playing and want to add to their playing Intermediate-Advanced: Experienced with lessons and technical work, looking to move forward About me as a teacher: I have extensive experience as an orchestra teacher as well as a player, and I am talented at keeping beginners motivated and interested during their earlier phases (Beginner-Intermediate). As a strings teacher, my orchestras always had large numbers and enthusiastic attendance, which is a testament to my effect on younger children and teens. (Crucially, I of course had time to build a rapport with them). String instruments are tough to master and it’s essential to have a teacher who makes the lessons fun, motivating and interesting - especially during such a momentous phase. If students hope to make the advanced phase of playing, it’s imperative that they make it through these first 4-5 years (which is a long haul) without terrible habits and solid reading. Although I am an opera singer now, but I was actually a violin major in college and was playing professionally at an advanced level, performing in lots of orchestras and chamber ensembles. I have maintained my playing, as I enjoy it a lot, and I often play with friends. I would go as far as to say that mastering more than one instrument has proven to be invaluable for my musicianship (this is hardly a controversial opinion, as it will no doubt be corroborrated by anyone possessing the same skills). Who I'm good for: I’m an excellent teacher for children and teens who are playing in orchestra and need to elevate their playing. Supportive parents are a necessity. I’m also an excellent teacher for adult beginners who want to work with very direct feedback and improve their reading skills. Who I am not good for: Students who will not practice. Students who are not either self directed or supported by parents in ensuring practice is done. People who may be slightly sensitive to direct feedback People who are not yet ready to be confronted with direct feedback.
About Mary V.

Miss Vaillancourt is the rare combination of professional singer and certified Music Educator. She has worked in International Schools all over the world and is now a freelance soloist singing on concert and operatic stages in Europe. Recent engagements include Sofia National Opera (Small Stage) & Stara Zagora Opera (Main Stage). Miss Vaillancourt is currently a student at the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt in Weimar, Germany. Mary Vaillancourt is a dramatic soprano originally from Portland, Maine. Her voice has been defined as having richness and flexibility. Prior to COVID 19, Miss Vaillancourt had most recently been seen as Nedda in I Pagliacci with Opera Veto in Varna in Winter 2019. Other recent engagements include the National Opera of Sofia in Bulgaria where she sang in the Chamber Opera "Katze Ivanka” in the title role. In the 2018/2019 season made her highly anticipated soloist debut in State Opera of Stara Zagora as Nedda in I Pagliacci. She also covered Adina in “L’Elisir D’amore” with Ruse State Opera in the 2018-2019 Season. During the 2017-2018 season, Miss Vaillancourt performed as a choir member on the main stage in several major operas including La Boheme, La Traviata, Tosca, Aida as well as various other staged productions and choral concerts. Other notable performances include Beethovens 9th Symphony with the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra and Lucia di Lammermoor in Sofia's National Theatre. Miss Vaillancourt was invited with enthusiasm to sing in several faculty concerts hosted by Moscow Conservatory in the beautiful Rachmaninoff Hall. Highlights from her time in Moscow include performing an evening of Russian Art songs in the Chekhov Museum and the Kremlin State Geological Museum. Miss Vaillancourt pursued her Master’s Degree at the prestigious Gneisin Academy in Moscow whilst studying with Bolshoi Opera soloist Irina Dolzhenko. During this time, she also studied intensive Russian through a full immersion program in the Conservatory. During her time in Europe, she performed as a soloist in three productions at the Mediterranean Opera Festival in Italy including Cosi Fan Tutte (Fioridiligi), Suor Angelica (Suor Angelica), Gianni Schicchi (Nella) and La Boheme (Musetta, Cover). Though currently a very active performer, Miss Vaillancourt has been and continues to be a passionate and enthusiastic teacher. She entered the University of Southern Maine as a violinist and graduated as a singer with a degree in Music Education. Miss Vaillancourt has spent her career being an excellent educator to both Primary and Secondary students in International Schools around the world including in Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Russia, Netherlands, Czech Republic, and Spain. Miss Vaillancourt designed and established curriculum-based instrumental programs in schools in the Middle East and Russia for students 6-14 years of age. She has also been noted as an excellent vocal pedagogue with young students, getting high-quality singing out of large groups of singers of all abilities. She knows how to create an enthusiastic, vibrant classroom that helps students learn but more importantly helps students leave feeling empowered. As a conductor, she has been invited to conduct several major festivals in the International School circuit, most notably the COBIS International Music Festival Orchestra and the BSF Gifted and Talented Festival Choir and String Orchestra. During her time in the Middle East, Miss Vaillancourt prepared multiple students for the prestigious ABRSM, LAMDA and Trinity practical and theory exams. All passed these exams but impressively enough, the majority received distinctions and merits.

Levels taught

Teaches all skill levels

Teaching since

Teaching since 2011

Education

Opera Singing

Teaches ages +

Teaches ages 14+

Speaks

Speaks Russian, Italian, German

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