Teaching philosophy:

I specialize in teaching flute, piano and music theory. Teaching and playing instruments still bring me great joy!  I believe in the transformative power of music and love seeing my students’ joy and enthusiasm develop as they grow as musicians. My teaching style is based on proven western classical techniques, and I believe each student has the ability to make progress and more importantly, to make beautiful music.  

Short resume:

Maretha is currently enrolled at California State University East Bay for a Master of Arts (Composition). She also holds a Master of Music (Music Education) from the University of Pretoria, South Africa. As part of her undergraduate and first graduate degrees, she also passed Flute and Piano Licenciate level examinations, with distinction, through the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music and University of South Africa.  

Experience:

Being truly international in education and experience, Maretha has taught in many capacities and at various institutions all over the world, from prestigious schools like The National School of the Arts (NSA) in South Africa to Langleywood Academy and Buckhaven High School in the United Kingdom. She has taught privately for the past 20 years, and her students excelled in exams, festivals, recitals and auditions. She was also a Teaching Assistant in Music Theory (Harmony and Counterpoint) at the University of Pretoria for 4 years.

Maretha and her family moved to California in 2011. Her students continue to excel in the CM and ABRSM examinations. In 2019, one of her ex-students from South Africa, Khanyisile Mthetwa, was awarded the Myrna Brown International Scholarship by the National Flute Association of America.

Other:

Maretha is a member of the Southern Alameda Branch of the Music Teacher’s Association of California. She is an active member of St Anne’s Episcopal Church Choir under Dr. Giancarlo Aquilanti,  where she also regularly performs. She is active as an accompanist and teaches music at Sunol Glen School.   Maretha has performed with Judy Lam and the Virtuoso International Flute Ensemble.

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