Mariana Bellew is a highly qualified music instructor with years of performing and teaching experience. Mariana got an early start with her music education. In elementary school, Mariana enrolled in voice and piano classes and after a few years successfully auditioned for the National Voice Competition for the Artistic College of Tirana (Albania), a very tough country-wide competition. From there she continued her training and auditioned again for another national competition through the Albania University of Arts where she was one of only 7 students selected from the entire country. She went on to receive her Diploma from the College Artistic School of Tirana (focusing on voice and piano) and afterwards, earned multiple degrees & Diplomas including Vocal Performance from the University of Tirana, Albania, Diploma in Vocal Performance from the Dimitris Mitropoulos Conservatory in Athens, Greece, The Royal Conservatory of Music in Early Childhood Music Education Program in Toronto, Canada and Masters of Music Education from the University of New Mexico. .
Mariana has also had an extensive performance career across the globe, as a soloist from Greece to Canada. Notably, she’s performed at the Toronto Center of the Arts, Toronto Parliament, Royal Opera Canada, and the National Opera of Tirana. Throughout her performance career, Mariana actively continued her personal musical training and higher education. She trained in some of the best programs such as the New England Conservatory of Music in Opera Major program, master class programs at Rider university, Westminster College of the Arts and earned educational certifications including early childhood music education such as Orff & Kodaly, Music Together at Shetler Studio in NYC and Montessori Teacher Training from The Canadian Montessori Institute.
While Mariana loved performing, she had always wanted to contribute and make a difference in others music education, by inspiring students to reach their potential. This led to her transitioning from mostly performance to a heavy teaching focus. Mariana has taught in public and private schools, traditional & Montessori, as choir director, piano & voice instructor, as well as a preschool, elementary and middle school general music teacher and has experience working with special education programs and children with special needs. Mariana also has a proven record of success preparing her private voice and piano students with superior ratings for Trinity College London Music Exams, National Federation of Music Festival, Guild Music Exams, Dennis Alexander Piano Competition, and Royal Conservatory of Music Exams. She’s also successfully trained and prepared to successfully audition for the National Opera of Canada.
Mariana now teaches exclusively for Elizabeth Farrell Music as voice, piano and early music education specialist.