Private & Group Music Lessons

Philosophy of Teaching

Music lessons at Earthtone Healing Arts integrate the students Body, Mind and Heart through intention, sound, silence and movement, developing a balanced way of thinking, practicing and performing.

(Scroll down to read about who I teach, scheduling and payment info)


In order to move toward Mastery of anything, we all must experience a combination of compatible teachers, willingness, curiosity, focus and dedication.  I work from the perspective of Whole body teaching. In order to truly understand, feel and execute music in a meaningful way, we must work from multiple aspects of the Self.

The mind needs to be able to focus on the task at hand, know (discover) what it needs to do next, and to pay attention to what is really happening in the body at the same time. In addition to holding our own body in a healthy way, we must learn how to hold the physical instrument in a comfortable way, and breathe fully, so that we can keep building our musical skills in an unrestricted, open way. By choosing to learn an instrument, we create a relationship with this instrument and take on a commitment to take care of something other than ourselves. In order to improve on our instrument, we must open our Heart and dedicate a part of our daily life to our Practices. 

Intention is EVERYTHING.  

We can Focus and create Direction in our Lives when we utilize the Power of Intention.

As a teacher of Music and Life, I intend to work with whomever comes through my door in a way that works for them.

I feel a personalized approach is necessary when we're seeking Guidance, working through Challenges, needing Support and seeking Mastery.

Expressing the Self through music helps create Balance in our lives. 

The past 30+ years I've experienced so much Love, Joy and Connection through my teaching, performing and recording career, but I've also gone through many moments of physical complications, emotional strive and mental challenge within my cello and musical relationships. When those times came, I did my best to put my ego aside, and took time off (sometimes months) from playing to align, strengthen, and reevaluate my relationship with myself and with music. 

So, wherever you are within your physical skill-set and mastery of music, know that I am here to help you Realize what steps can be taken to balance the Play and Work within your Body-Mind-Heart connection, and to Facilitate improvement at a pace that Resonates with your Lifestyle and Goals.  


Who do I teach?

Musicians that experience physical, emotional and/or mental challenges when they play

Adult string players with a busy lifestyle

Small groups of similar string instruments (up to four) that would like extra help on orchestra music

String chamber groups (create a group with your friends for fun!)

Cello students that need a supplemental teacher while their teacher is away

String students needing extra help and another set of ears on audition material

String students that need a mentor before going to college


How do I sign up for a lesson?

I have an online scheduler. Lesson slots are first come first serve.


How can I schedule and reschedule?

You can schedule online up to 24 hours in advance, but if you need to reschedule/cancel, 48 hours notice is required. Not only does this keep you accountable, this will give time to others to reserve your open spot.


How do I pay for lessons?

Your first lesson is paid online with a credit/debit card. All new students please sign up for a $40 Intro Lesson.

If you're interested in group lessons, assign one person to be group leader when signing up for your Intro Lesson. You will all communicate to each other when and how long of lessons you'd like, then just sign up when you're all available. 

Lesson payment afterwards is up to you. I do suggest you make an online profile and sign in to make and/or reschedule lessons. You will schedule online and have the option of paying right then or at your lesson.

Lessons are $5 less if you pay by check, cash or Venmo the day of your lesson. If you forget payment day of, I will issue payment through your saved CC information. Easy!


Payment Examples - Paid before or day of Lesson

Venmo handle @Maria-SchererWilson


One Hour Lesson

Private Lesson = $65 using Credit Card or $60 using cash/check/Venmo

Group Lesson (Two students) = $65 using Credit Card or $30.00 per student cash/check/Venmo

Group Lesson (Four students) = $65 using Credit Card or $15.00 per student cash/check/Venmo


One and a Half Hour Lesson

Private Lesson = $95 using Credit Card or $90 using cash/check/Venmo

Group Lesson (Two students) = $95 Credit Card or $45 per student cash/check/Venmo

Group Lesson (Four students) = $95 Credit Card or $22.50 per student using cash/check/Venmo