Music Studio Maja was established in 2003 by pianist Maja Blagojevic. Ms. Blagojevic received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in piano performance from the University of Belgrade, Serbia. She has over 20 years of piano teaching experience and is internationally recognized in piano performance, with eight international competition piano awards.
Ms. Blagojevic has given numerous performances in the United States, Italy, Austria, Serbia, Montenegro, Croatia, Bosnia, and Macedonia. She has recorded performances for radio and television and provided music criticism for newspapers and television.
Ms. Blagojevic is a choral and general music teacher in Anne Arundel County Public Schools, MD. Today Music Studio Maja has students from age 4 to adults who are working hard, enjoying music, and earning awards in Maryland State and International Piano Competitions.
I am a strong believer that everyone should be able to have a life of music. That's why I teach music. Whether you're just a beginner or an advanced student needing guidance, let's explore music together!
Music Studio Maja (MSM) offers personal piano lessons to students of all ages and skill levels, taught by internationally acclaimed pianist Maja Blagojevic.MSM promotes the joy of piano playing by providing students with the skills to play challenging classical piano compositions, sight-read music, and give confident and polished public performances. Through the MSM music program, students develop their music knowledge and appreciation, talent, and self-confidence. If you're unsure about which level is appropriate for you, MSM also offers a placement test.
Students attend lessons once a week for 30 minutes (or longer as skills advance). Regular and prompt attendance is required to make appropriate progress. Students receive 47 lessons per year with up to 3 additional opportunities for performance classes or recitals.
MSM Teaching Philosophy
The primary goal of MSM is to teach students how to read the notes and play the piano. Teaching must match the student's learning style, not learning to match the teacher's teaching style. Therefore, teaching style and approach must be flexible and varied. Empowerment is the key to motivation. Motivation is not something the teacher does to a student; it is something the student does. The teacher's part is to introduce possibilities. Piano lessons should be fun. They are a privilege, not a punishment or a requirement. If we're not having fun, something is wrong. A piano study isn't always going to be easy, but it should always be satisfying.MSM emphasizes initiative and self-direction, encourages exploration and creativity. The teacher shows the student respect and understanding.
How to Practice
MSM emphasizes quality of practice rather than quantity of time practiced. However, to get good quality practice, a minimum of 30 minutes a day, five days a week is necessary. As students advance and mature, this requirement will increase. I try to be very specific about practice techniques to the student and the parent to know what makes up a quality practice.
Parents should plan to attend their child's lesson at least once every month (more if necessary). This helps keep them in touch with their child's progress, accomplishments, and difficulties.
Enrichment OpportunitiesMSM offers Summer Music Camp for elementary, middle, high, and college students to expand their knowledge, experience, and music appreciation. Details are available in the Spring.
Music Studio Maja holds student recitals several times throughout the year to allow students to perform for their peers and family members. The preparation for the piano performance and recitals sharpen students' musical skills, build their self-confidence, and enable them to showcase their talent and love of music.
Music Studio Maja encourages and supports students to participate in local, state, national, and international piano competitions.