Maria Zemantauski

 Private Lessons

Maria maintains a private teaching studio at 255 River Street in historic downtown Troy, N.Y.  

While Maria plays various styles of guitar, she specializes in classical and flamenco.  Guitarists of other styles who are "just curious" about classical or flamenco are encouraged to drop in for a lesson or two with no obligation to continue. Beginners are always welcomed. 

Click the "schedule now" button below to schedule private 30 minute or 1 hour guitar lessons.  You can schedule a single lesson or reoccurring lessons. 

PAYMENT POLICY:  Lessons are paid for in advance, with payment due the first week of each month. 

Cash, checks or credit/debit cards are accepted at your lesson or you may pay online after scheduling your lesson(s).

CANCELLATION POLICY:  Cancellations must be made at least 24 hours in advance in order to receive credit for that lesson.  There are no refunds.

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What you need for your private classical/flamenco lesson:

- A nylon string guitar

- For flamenco, you will need to put a 'golpeador'  or 'tap plate' on your guitar. This will be discussed at your lesson.

- A metronome or a metronome app on your smart phone or tablet

- Classical guitar students will need a footstool or other guitar support. This will be discussed at your lesson.

 

Ensemble Coaching:

This offering has developed through frequent requests by students working with other musicians in duet, trio or other ensemble configurations.  Maria will teach you how to listen and communicate with other instruments in the ensemble performance context. Stage presence, techniue and repertoire will be addressed during these 1 hour sessions. Ensemble coaching sessions can be reoccurring or goal-oriented in preparation for specific upcoming performances.  

Couples Lessons:

Because couples who play together stay together! Pure fun here...grab your partner, grab a couple guitars, learn a song or two or embark on a longer journey into the world of inspired duets.  Email Maria to discuss what you would like to learn so that she can tailor your couples lessons to your goals.  Again, beginners are never turned away.

 

Introduction to Flamenco Guitar (offered seasonally)

The characteristic sounds of flamenco guitar music are created by an array of techniques performed by the strumming hand.  This class will focus on rasqueado, the rhythmically precise chord strumming style specific to flamenco guitar.   

This is a beginning level class designed for guitarists of other styles who are curious about flamenco. The class will introduce basic rasqueado patterns within the compas (rhythmic structure) of farrucatangos and rumba.  

A working knowledge of first position chords and the ability to move easily through basic chord progressions is recommended. A nylon string guitar is required. 

Four (90) minute sessions. 

Total fee of $200 to be paid in advance or on the first day of class. Includes materials.

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What students are saying:

"Playing Albeniz's Leyenda was a goal of mine since I was about 20 years old.  20+ years later, I saw Maria perform the piece and contacted her about lessons. She was extremely patient and able to impart difficult tremolo technique to me as an adult learner. Today, I can actually play the piece. We also work on Flamenco pieces and Flamenco technique has been creeping into much of the music I play. It's been a blessing to have such a knowledgeable, professional musician as my teacher for these past few years."  William Ullrich

 

 

 

"With her unique understanding of flamenco forms, rhythms, phrasing, techniques and history, Maria has been an invaluable help in my trying to learn this style. Also, her easy, relaxed teaching style and point-on observations of even the most subtle phrasing or technical issues allows her to articulate the intangibles of this complex form in a very simple, easy-to-understand way. Whether I'm looking for an analytical or technical approach, or just looking to sit back and play, I've found Maria's teaching style allows me to get just what I'm looking for and has made each lesson unique and also something to look forward to and to build on."  John Pezzulo

 

"I first started taking flamenco guitar lessons in college a long time ago.  I gave it up for other pursuits but started again a couple of years ago and was extremely fortunate to find a teacher of Maria's expertise and personality right here in the Capital District.  Maria is not only an excellent teacher and performer but also a terrific person with whom to just spend time.  My lessons have become not only effective learning experiences but a visit with a friend as well.  If anyone has an interest in learning flamenco guitar, I cannot imagine a finer "Maestra" than Maria Zemantauski."   Lee Rausch  

 

"I've been taking lessons with Maria for two years now. You couldn't ask for a kinder more  patient teacher, who has improved my guitar playing immensely."  Nick Dyer

 

 

“Like so many of her students and her fans, I stand in complete awe of Maria Zemantauski – her artistry, her virtuoso skills, her amazing compositions and her endlessly cheerful disposition. As a student with modest talent, who couldn’t read a note of music when I started taking lessons, I have always been so grateful that Maria took me on to study flamenco. I can now read (some) music. I can (sometimes) count the complex “compás” (rhythms) of the many styles of flamenco. But none of that would have been possible without Maria’s endless patience for teaching. She has inspired me, myself a teacher, to be more patient with my own students. She never once made me feel like an idiot for studying a form of guitar that I adore but which is way beyond my natural ability. Indeed, the most telling example of Maria’s approach to teaching emerges from the way she kept me going in the summer 2002, when I was in chemotherapy treatment. I would arrive at a lesson barely able to lift my right arm but she would get me strumming nonetheless. Maria is a staunch believer that music is life itself, and she devotes herself to both. Like all of her students, I feel blessed to know her and to have had so much inspired and wonderful instruction from such a great soul.”   Claudia Ricci