Deborah. “I have had clarinet lessons with Mari Carmen for over two years and have found her to be an excellent teacher. She is very thorough, is good at pinpointing the cause of problems as they occur and always takes the trouble to send one home with notes on what needs practice.
I would have no hesitation in recommending Mari Carmen to any student of the clarinet.”
Geoff. “A big thank you from me for all your hard work with Luke. He has really enjoyed it and hopefully he has passed his grade 8 under you which he could not have done without your excellent teaching.”
Jo, parent. “We have noticed that he has made significant steps forward during this time and in particular he has a better grasp of rhythm and he has been enjoying playing recognisable tunes. Most importantly, he has been playing with more self-confidence and we believe that you have helped to install this with him. I know that he has struggled at times and I remember particularly his frustration at learning to play some of the higher notes, but you were able to guide him through those troubled waters and this helped prevent him giving up. So, thank you very much for your help with Samuel.”
Timothy, parent. “Mari Carmen has been teaching our nine-year-old daughter for several months. We are delighted with the progress she is making. Mari Carmen is a kind and patient teacher who encourages Alice to learn about music in general as well as the clarinet. We whole-heartedly recommend her.”
John, parent. “Mari has been teaching my 12 year old daughter for 9 months – both clarinet and theory tuition – and quickly developed a good relationship with her and the rest of our family. Always punctual, Mari is well prepared for each lesson and gives much thought to the musical education and progression of her pupil. Mari is very professional in her approach but is also chatty and fun – I frequently hear tutor and pupil laughing together. Mari quite obviously wishes her pupil to achieve and expects practice/exercises to be done but she has always listened to our wishes when considering exams and has taken on board that I feel that it is also good for my daughter just to play for pleasure and experience as many types of music as possible. To this end, Mari regularly e-mails me info/you tube clips of pieces and conductors (with her own opinion) and she discusses them with my daughter so as to introduce different aspects of musical life as possible. I am sure, however that she would be equally as comfortable concentrating on the exam syllabus. My daughter likes Mari very much, she has recently passed Grade 3 and is happily working towards Grade 4 (and I can see her progression and technical improvement) with some jazz and blues thrown in to mix it up a bit!”
Jane, parent. “We have known Mari Carmen since October 2013 where she has been teaching both my girls clarinet. I have seen a huge improvement in my girls’ confidence and technical ability. They both achieved distinctions in their last exam. My girls love their lesson with Mari Carmen which is well-organised and structured. She is always willing to discuss their progress and is always available to help. I would happily recommend Mari Carmen as a dedicated professional clarinet teacher.”