Teaching Artist Statement
I believe every person possesses the potential and the talent to learn and communicate the powerful language of music. With the piano as the fundamental pathway to achieve this, I explain to my students how to connect performance, theory, technique, collaboration, practice and self-reflection with creativity; and at the same time, they teach me how they learn, what they prefer to focus on, and what is our main goal for every lesson. Their feelings of accomplishment and excitement at the end of each session or recital reinforces my ability to transmit my passion for music to anyone.
Marianela, a native from Panama, holds a bachelor’s in Music from the University of Panama, a master’s degree in Classical Piano from The City College of New York, and a master’s degree in Music Teaching and Applied Music from Lehman College, CUNY. She has more than twelve years of experience teaching piano in Spanish, Portuguese and English. She started her teaching career as a group piano instructor at Musiyama Panama by the Yamaha Foundation, and as a piano teacher at Vienna Music in Bayside. She is currently a piano faculty and accompanist at Turtle Bay Music School and Bloomingdale School of Music, while also maintaining her own private studio.
Marianela participated in festivals such as the International Piano Festival in Torrelodones by Solomon Mikowsky, the International Keyboard Institute & Festival at The Mannes School, and the Music Educators Workshop at Carnegie Hall. She has performed in venues such as Steinway Hall, The University Club of New York, Hunter College East Harlem Gallery, among others. She received the Performing Arts Fellowship from International House in 2014 while being part of a Duo with the clarinetist Hila Zamir, partnership that made them won first prize at the Manhattan International Music Competition, 1st edition, held at Merkin Concert Hall in 2016. Marianela is now the accompanist for the City Voices Choir at TBMS. Marianela joined the TBMS faculty in 2018.