Mrs. Maria Dance

Violin Teacher

Maria Dance

SAA Member


Austin, TX
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Maria Dance enjoys an active career as a violin teacher, soloist, recording artist, and symphony violinist. She holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from Rice University in Houston, Texas and a Master of Music Degree from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah in Violin Performance.

Teaching violin and running a successful violin studio is a passion and top priority for Maria. Her mission is to nurture artistry in each student through the practice of beautiful tone, technical excellence and great music. Success is the discovery of joy in music; the thrill of playing skillfully and beautifully; the development of character through daily discipline; and the development of sensitivity to beauty and refinement. Her teaching “lineage” goes back to Dr. Suzuki through her teacher, Ms. Yuko Honda, who worked closely with Dr. Suzuki while her father managed Suzuki’s business affairs.

As a soloist, Maria made her debut with the Seattle Symphony in 2003 and later won competitions resulting in solo appearances with the Seattle Philharmonic and Coeur d’Alene Symphony. As a performer, she has traveled around the world to concertize and attend music festivals. While living for 5 years in Salt Lake City, Utah, she performed with the Utah Symphony-Utah Opera, Ballet West and the Orchestra at Temple Square. She especially enjoyed her time in Hawaii as Professor of Violin at BYU-Hawaii and as a member of the Hawaii Opera Theater.

Maria recently moved back to Texas with her husband Matthew Clayton where they make their home in the Barton Springs area of Austin. She continues to tour regularly with classical-crossover pianist William Joseph and tenor Fernando Varela. She enjoys giving back to the community through her violin studio and benefit recitals. Her hobbies include trail running, hiking and reading. She recently checked a big accomplishment off her bucket list by completing the Coeur d’Alene Ironman.