Berta Mariana Sequeira Violin Lessons in Utrecht

The beautiful sound of the violin

Are you fascinated by the beautiful sound of the violin, wondering if you could play all those beautiful melodies? Looking for motivation and inspiration to awake the artist in you? I am Berta Mariana, methodical, patient and enthusiastic Utrecht based violin teacher. I love to guide you in this adventure! 

Violin and Children!

If all parents would know how much music lessons can do for their child! How learning music can improve their skills in math, memorisation, and listening. How playing an instrument also helps young brains to develop, motor skills and coordination. My one-on-one lessons for children are fun and wel structured. They learn to read music, basic music theory, and to play their first easy songs and duo pieces!

Main Goal

We will work on developing a good technique, always in a tension-free manner, focusing on tone production, dexterity of fingers, good intonation and good posture. Technique and music go hand-by-hand. You will be playing nice music and perhaps you even have some tunes on a wish list...?

Violin Lessons - Beginners

You'll be encouraged to make music from the very first day. Together with some necessary music theory, always applied to the instrument, you'll learn pieces of gradual difficulty. We make use of progressive tuition methods and you'll learn a solid technique by playing scales, bowing and fingering exercises and easy tunes to begin with. Repertoire includes etudes, playful and challenging concert pieces and from the very beginning duos to play with me!

Peronalised Lessons

Based upon your own wishes and goals I will elaborate a plan for the lessons. We will be focusing on learning and developing your playing step by step in a calm, methodic and healthy way, making you feel each day more comfortable and confident with it! As we go on, we will approach different technical aspects, so that you keep always improving your skills and your level, but don't be scared: we will do it always through beautiful and fun music! 

Body Awareness

Learn how to feel comfortable with the violin to completely enjoy the music you play! By being a Yoga and Alexander Technique lover, I believe that healthy posture and body awareness contribute enormously to become a good player. I will help you to develop a comfortable and natural posture, to allow you to improve your general body posture, violin playing and well being.

Let's play together! 

Playing together is very important to develop your sound, intonation and rhythmic skills. Enjoy your creative and artistic growth! Besides having a wonderful time sharing beautiful music together, this will give you a lot of knowledge, in case someday you would like to join an amateur orchestra or an ensemble, you will be ready!  

When and Where 

In order to make sure you can easily introduce the violin lessons on your agenda, the location, time and frequency of the lessons are completely adjustable to what fits you best. Enjoy maximum flexibility with a 10 lesson card. The one-on-one lessons can be given in the comfort of your own home or in my teaching room in Utrecht.

Online Violin Classes

I also offer fun, comprehensive and motivating online courses for beginners, intermediate and advanced players. Live feedback and instructions! Book a trial lesson or buy & try the 3 lesson Starter's Package!

About Berta Mariana Sequeira 

Berta Mariana is a portuguese violinist, currently based in the Netherlands. She started playing the violin at age 10 and developed her studies in the National Conservatory of Music in Lisbon, the National Superior Orchestra Academy in Lisbon and the University of Arts in Castelo Branco. Inspired by the cultural atmosphere of the Netherlands, decided to move to Utrecht to deepen and enrich her musical knowledge, through the master studies with the violinist Eeva Koskinen, in Utrecht Conservatory. Berta Mariana is an orchestra and chamber music violinist and often plays with orchestras and ensembles such us: Portuguese Chamber Orchestra, Portuguese Philharmonic Orchestra, Orquestra sem Fronteiras, Ensemble MPMP, Almada Chamber Orchestra, Nieuwe Phillarmonie Utrecht and Libero Strijkorkest. During her time in Portugal, she was awarded in solo and chamber music competitions and performed as a soloist with the Orchestra from the National Conservatory in Lisbon. 

Met sprongen vooruit!

Zes maanden geleden ben ik als volwassen beginner gestart bij Berta. Sinds ik bij Berta les heb merk ik dat mijn spelen met sprongen vooruit gaat.  Na twee maanden waren mijn vaardigheden al meer verbeterd dan in de voorafgaande zes maanden bij een andere docent. Met hele simpele aanwijzingen zorgt ze ervoor dat je toon en strijktechniek direct verbeterd. Technische oefeningen worden afgewisseld met het spelen van uitdagende stukken. Zo mocht ik na twee maanden al aan mijn eerste concerto beginnen! Ze motiveert me echt om het beste uit mezelf te halen en ik ga elke week met veel plezier naar mijn lessen. Ik kan niet anders dan zeggen dat ik echt ontzettend blij ben met Berta als viooldocent.

Six months ago, I started with Berta as an adult beginner. Since then, I have improved and have actually progressed more in my first two months with Berta than in the six months prior while being taught by a different teacher.  Using simple instructions she manages to immediately improve your bowing technique and also your sound. Technical exercises are combined with challenging pieces to ensure progress is combined with fun. After only two months I was already playing my first concerto. Berta really motivates you to get the best out of yourself and every week I thoroughly enjoy my lessons. There really is no other way to state it than to say that I am extremely happy with Berta as my violin teacher.
Loes C

Excellent Violin Teacher

During the time that Berta was a violin teacher for our son Henrique, she always presented herself as an excellent professional, always proactive and attentive to his needs.  In addition to undeniable musical and pedagogical qualities, Berta was able to cultivate in Henrique, who was just six years old at the time, great interest and enthusiasm about the violin, so it was possible to observe a positive instrumental evolution over that same period. This enthusiasm endures, proof of that is that Henrique continues to study the violin.
Helia and Luis Gaspar Damaso

I practise regularly!

Berta always ensures that students practice regularly and that they remain committed and motivated. She even asked me to send her audio and video recordings to accompany my daily development. I remember that a few weeks before the concerts, when I was nervous, she would always give me useful tips, not only to improve the technique, but also to get more comfortable with the violin.  At the beginning of each year, we prepared a study plan fitting the school timetable and the pieces I would like to play. Berta is always very enthusiastic and dynamic, organizing concerts and playing pieces together with the students!
Lara A.

She is incredible!

Berta is incredible, she always respects the students' musical taste.  
Ines Berrincha, 13.

Patient and sweet!

Berta is patient and sweet! She knows how to motivate students! She was a great teacher for my daughter!
Ana L.

Private Music Teachers

Music moves and enriches the soul! Enjoy face to face music and singing lessons in a relaxed atmosphere. We offer also online music and singing lessons. Making music is about feelings, thoughts, connection, growth, joy, developing technical and physical skills, discovering new ways of learning and expressing yourself. Regular prices and maximum flexibility with a 10 Lesson Package. Book a trial lesson!

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