Maria trained to become a music teacher at the Academy of Music and drama (HSM), Gothenburg University. She has worked as a teacher for music and language. As part of her work at HSM, Maria conveys SIDA (governmental foreign aid) support to performing arts, mainly in West Bank and Gaza. A programme which uses performing arts as a tool for social change. She established a preparatory music course, in urban music, in the suburbs of Gothenburg and did some pioneering work by establishing El Sistema in Sweden. Maria is currently Director of studies for the music teacher program at HSM. Alongside her work Maria is a keen singer and songwriter.