Testimonials

From Students

I wouldn’t be the musician I am today had I not began studying with Maria. Her instruction is clear, helpful, and purposeful. She encourages independence in me as a musician, however I always feel prepared for any performance. Maria’s passion for music and seeing improvement in her students shines through in every lesson.  - Jenna, high school

Thank you so much for two great years of study together. I really enjoyed being your student and also you friend, learning and laughing with you. You taught me so much about being a musician, a clarinetist, and a good person - you've really changed my outlook, and I feel I am more in touch with myself and my abilities after being your student. Thanks for being flexible, for talking me through panic attacks and for working so hard to get me ready for auditions. I am so excited for school next year and the challenges that await me.  - Laura, high school
 

From Parents

As a parent, you want to do what’s best for your child. When my daughter realized that music was becoming a passion of hers, she started looking at ways to improve. Maria came into our lives. She has been one of the best decisions I have ever made for my daughter. Maria has taken her from a novice clarinet player to a talented musician. My daughter's accolades now include District Musician, All-State Musician and All-Nationals Musician. She has participated in the Portland Youth Wind Ensemble and the Portland Youth Symphony Orchestra for the past three years. My daughter is now on her way to pursuing music as a career. Maria has been instrumental in it all. Maria’s passion for music is contagious and her care in cultivating it in unequaled.  Christine


Maria gives careful thought to every lesson based on the goals and needs of each individual student. She is kind, patient, and professional. With over 15 years of experience teaching students of all ages, I highly recommend her as a private teacher!  - Jessica

From Colleagues

Maria Wagner and I have worked together on a number of occasions. Not only has she performed my music (beautifully), but she's collaborated with me in performance as well -- she as clarinetist and I as pianist. This gives me a dual perspective with which to address her skills and talents. Maria has great technical facility, and is extremely musical and sensitive in her interpretations. She's also quite versatile: very comfortable with a great range of musical styles, and able to switch from clarinet to bass clarinet easily. In addition, she's a delightful colleague -- a very quick learner, thorough in her preparations, and supportive of fellow performers. I hope to compose more works for her in the future.  - Elliott Schwartz, Composer


Maria Wagner and I have worked together in several contexts, and her excellent musicianship and caring personality have been present in each situation. As a performer, her playing is vibrant and expressive, and shows her meticulous attention to detail. She generously contributed to my graduate degree recital, where we collaborated on Poulenc’s Sonata for Clarinet and Piano. We’ve had other opportunities to perform together and I’ve enjoyed each occasion. Maria is easy to communicate with and her playing is consistent whether in rehearsal or performance. As a teacher, Maria expects excellence but elicits it with kindness. I’ve served as the accompanist for Maria’s spring studio recital, and watched her prepare her students for performance. She communicates goals clearly and offers tools and practice strategies to accomplish those goals.  - Elizabeth Hasbrouck, Pianist


I have had the great opportunity to observe Maria Wagner during her tenure at the Southern Maine Music Academy. Her student-centered approach has allowed her students to think beyond notes and rhythms and dive deeper into all aspects of musicianship. Ms. Wagner's patience, professionalism, and dedicated work ethic is very evident in her instruction. We are very fortunate to have her on staff at SoMMA.  - Melissa Shabo, Band Director and SoMMA Director


Maria is an expert musician and teacher who meets students where they're at and helps them quickly grow into more capable musicians. She works with students to help them meet their musical goals while making sure that they don't have any gaps in their musical skills or technique on the instrument.  - Jordan Guerette, Composer