MARIA CASSAR
MARIA CASSAR - VIOLIN

I remember the exact moment I fell in love with the violin. I was 7 years-old and had been invited by a family friend to attend the local high school’s holiday orchestra concert. My focus was on the first chair violinist. I was entranced by the way the violin sounded and how beautiful it looked while being played. That was the beginning of my life as a violinist. I began private lessons soon after and created a strong bond with my teacher, whom I still speak to and visit frequently today. She even played the violin as I walked down the aisle to marry my husband. I competed in numerous solo competitions and played with my school orchestra and a regional orchestra. I was an active musician in the Oakland Youth Orchestras for six years and was concert mistress of the symphony orchestra for the 2006-2008 seasons. Playing the violin in orchestras was a way for me to let go of any stress I was feeling. While performing, I still remember the chills I would experience once my bow left the strings after each piece was complete. Throughout my four years of high school, I taught private lessons to many elementary school students out of my parent’s home. I enjoyed seeing each of them improve and find joy in learning to play the violin. During the summers, I helped teach the violin at Troy School District orchestra camps. I worked with all different age groups and helped students learn to play as an ensemble.
After graduating high school, I attended Western Michigan University on a golf scholarship. Golf was another passion of mine, and I could not pass up the amazing opportunity of having my college education paid for. After graduating with a Bachelors of Science in Family Consumer Science and Nutrition, I realized I deeply missed the violin and the joy and happiness it gave me during the years of playing. I started taking lessons with my previous, private teacher to get back in to the swing of performing. Shortly after, I began teaching young children again.
It is my passion in life and as a violinist to help children experience the same joy I did while growing up playing the violin. I want to offer them a period out of their week where they can hone in on their musical passion in a fun and relaxed environment. I hope to teach my students not only the fundamentals of music but also its therapeutic benefits.
I currently teach Kindermusik to young children and infants a few days a week as well as teach violin at Expressions Music Academy. I enjoy spending time with my husband, Domenic, and our son, Salvatore.

Novi Location
248-773-8364
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Plymouth-Canton
248-480-9108
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Troy Location
248-845-4611
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Sunday: Closed
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4000 Livernois Rd. Troy MI 48098