Mariana Mathewson is an active cellist and educator. She is the music teacher at Grandview Elementary School in Erie, PA. She holds a Master’s degree in Music Education from Northwestern University and a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education with concentrations in Cello and Composition from Mercyhurst University. She has previously taught in Warren County as well as in Jamestown, and enjoys teaching at Warren County Summer Music School.
She has studied cello with Eleanor Lee of Cleveland, OH; Robin Hasenpflug of Pittsburgh, PA; Lisa Brown of Cleveland, OH, Daniel Cassin of Baton Rouge, LA and Marian Byard of Sherman, NY; and has participated in masterclasses with Dr. Dennis Parker, Adrian Daurov, Nicholas Canellakis, and FlyetMusik. She has been a freelance cellist and composer since high school, and has played many gigs at venues throughout Chautauqua and Erie (PA) counties.
She absolutely LOVES working at Infinity, and was recently given the opportunity to run some after school programs at local elementary schools! Her passion is bringing music into the lives of people, and promoting the love of making music! Her students are encouraged to explore their own creativity while maintaining a structured discipline. She believes that it is essential to fostering growth and musicianship to explore improvisation, spontaneity, and exuberance. She likes to approach lessons on an individual basis, and adapt the techniques to fit the needs of each unique learner. Everyone learns differently, and she truly believes that as an educator and instructor, her job is to help each one of her students learn to the best of their ability, reach their natural potential in a relaxed environment, and learn to love making music.