• Maria Benaros Violin Studio

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Maria Claudia Benaros was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. There she started her music studies at the age of six, at the prestigious Collegium Musicum of Buenos Aires. She continued at the Buenos Aires Manuel de Falla Music Conservatory, where she studied violin and piano.

In Argentina, Maria played in numerous youth orchestras and taught at two children’s orchestras. In 2003 Maria went to Israel to study with Russian violinist Moti Schmitt at the Jerusalem Rubin Academy of Music and Dance. After two years in Israel she got married and moved to Minnesota. She graduated Cum Laude from Augsburg College in 2009. While there, she studied under the tutelage of Mary Horozaniecki. Ms. Horozaniecki made Maria her teaching assistant.

After graduating, Maria became certified as a Kindermusik instructor. She also became certified as a Suzuki Pedagogy instructor at the University of Minnesota with Professor Mark Bjork.

Currently, Maria maintains a home violin studio, teaches violin and viola at Yinghua Academy Music Conservatory, and guides her youngest students’ first musical steps at Mundo de Colores Family Childcare, a Spanish Immersion daycare in Minneapolis. Maria lives in Eagan, MN, with her wonderful husband and 2 lovely children.


Ever since I was a little girl, I knew I wanted to be a professional musician. Now that I am, I know that I am also an innate teacher.

I began to study music as a young girl. Since then, I have studied in three different countries, performed to a wide range of audiences, and expanded my education to be able to teach. I came to realize that music is an indispensable part of my life that I wish to share with other people.

I work very well with adult students, and simply love working with children. My background and experience allow me to connect with my students, and to provide support to my students and their parents, with a teaching style based on passion and enthusiasm. Through my classes I hope to instill in my students and their families a lifelong love for music, to pass on my passion, and to have fun together!

For ages 4 - 7

See him happy...
See her smiling...
Watch their confidence grow...
Hear that “I can do it, mommy!”
Make your bond stronger through a new activity that will feel like playing while teaching your little one so much...
Live the joy of music with them!

Playing the violin will expand your child’s attention span, teach them to be patient, disciplined, and improve their concentration, among many other benefits . . . all while enjoying a special parent-child time each day. Initiate your child in the wonderful world of music in an environment that is nurturing and supportive for both of you.

For this age group, a parent has to be present at the lesson and guide the home practice. You will receive detailed guidance as to what to do to practice at home.

Lessons are once a week, up to 30 minutes. $30 per lesson, payable at the beginning of the month.

Contact me! I would love to start working with you and your child soon!

For ages 7 - 12

A great age to start playing violin! It will help your child build a healthy self-image, a strong personality, and self-confidence. Violin playing is the perfect extra-curricular activity that will help build academic skills while enjoying the process. Benefits include good posture, self-discipline, critical thinking and problem solving. Music learning is a great way to learn responsibility and practice patience, all while having fun!

Parent presence at the lessons is highly recommended.
Lessons are once a week, up to 30 minutes. $30 per lesson, payable at the beginning of the month.

Contact me! I would love to start working with you and your child soon!

For Teenagers

Watch your teen become a confident, disciplined adult. Give them an outlet for all that creative energy! Give them a space to build their personality and express themselves in a safe and nurturing environment. Violin playing is a good path to developing responsibility, discipline, problem-solving skills, patience, critical thinking, and appreciation for one’s and others’ work.

Lessons are once a week, payable at the beginning of the month. The length of the lesson depends on the student’s age and level. Price per lesson:
30 min. $30
45 min. $50
60 min. $60

Contact me! I would love to start working with your child soon!

Homeschool Program

You know that each child learns at his own pace. Understanding how your student learns is perhaps one of the most important things a parent needs to do while homeschooling.

You also know the main thing a parent needs in order to be a good homeschooling parent: a deep sense of love for the child. Guided by it, you can help your child find their way in an intimate, fun, family setting.

When you do not have a time expectation on how long it takes you to learn something, it frees you up and takes off the pressure. Then you can learn it your own way.

Music learning works the same way. Every child has the ability to learn to play an instrument. It is up to us to give them the chance.

Enrich your child’s already personalized education with personalized music classes, where they will:

- develop a life-long love for music
- learn to identify and analyze problems
- develop problem-solving skills
- increase memory and attention span
- build self-reliance, self-esteem, and self-awareness

Each student will have a weekly private lesson. The length of the private lesson will be determined by the teacher according to the child’s age, level, and learning style. Parents of children aged 10 and younger need to be present during the individual lesson, taking notes and observing the teacher (in order to be able to lead a goal-oriented practice at home). Parents of children older than 10 are always welcome to observe the lessons! In fact, family involvement at any learning stage is strongly encouraged.

In addition to a weekly individual lesson, students will attend a weekly group lesson, where they will meet fellow violinists going through the same musical journey. Group lessons are wonderful for both students and parents! They provide the opportunity to share solutions to common struggles and practice tips, and are a great source of encouragement for students and parents. They provide reassurance that you are not alone in this musical adventure, that everyone goes through ups and downs, and that it is worth it to keep going!

Hours: The homeschool program is available Monday through Friday from 10 AM to 3 PM. Group lessons take place Friday mornings.

Cost: $120 per month. Includes one weekly individual lesson (up to 30 minutes long), plus one weekly 45-minute group lesson. Give your child the gift of music! I look forward to hearing from you!

For Adults

Maybe you played violin back in high school, or before. It is scary to go back. We all have jobs and very busy lives.

Or maybe you always wanted to play and never had the chance.

If you have the desire, the curiosity, the dream of playing again or for the first time, I can help you! I will be happy to guide you through the joy of making music. I will support you and help you feel good through this challenging process. You are not alone in this, I am here to help you!

Lessons are once a week, payable at the beginning of the month. Price per lesson:
30 min. $30
45 min. $50
60 min. $60

Contact me! I would love to start working with you soon!


"Maria has been a wonderful violin teacher for our daughter, Lucy. Maria has been a great encouragement to Lucy to try her best and the things she wants Lucy to work on between lessons. We would definitely recommend Maria as a violin teacher." Eric & JoAnn

"I highly recommend Maria as a violin teacher! She is patient and kind with our daughter Nona (7 ½). Nona gets frustrated and has a strong will, so this is not an easy task! Despite the frustrations associated with learning a new instrument, Nona has really enjoyed lessons and loves to learn new songs. She is proud to play violin and I thank Maria for that!" Holli M.

"We just wanted to tell you how much Misha LOVES "Maria Musica"! He sings and dances for us at home. His face lights up in the morning when we remind him that it is music day! Thank you so much for the special learning you provide. We are very thankful that Misha is growing a base in music and art." Molly and Mike V.

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