We are very fortunate to have such an accomplished and dedicated music teacher in Santa Rosa. Mary has been teaching my two daughters piano and voice for three years and their improvement has been phenomenal. She is precise and technical in her teaching, yet engages the girls in a thoughtful and positive way. The semiannual recital and reception is especially enjoyable and a wonderful performing experience for the students.
Mary was an exceptional teacher. As a vocal coach she emphasizes proper breathing, vowel shape, healthy range growth, and posture. Her study was a space of safe experimentation and growth which made me look forward to my lessons beforehand, and relaxed, more confident, and enthusiastic about my progress afterwards. Mary has an approachable, warm, relatable personality. As a coach, she is easy to talk to and welcomes any and all questions and concerns. Her extensive knowledge of vocal technique and performance is impressive. I’m am so happy to have worked with Mary, her expertise and emphasis on healthy singing only lead to positive things both in my singing and everyday life.
"I came to Mary as an older adult. Over the years I had studied with several teachers with good reputations, but when I began with Mary I realized I had never learned real vocal technique. Suddenly I'm finding I have a voice I never knew was there. And it keeps on getting better."
—“Our kids have studied with Mary for many years. Mary teaches how to feel and understand the music along with the technique and theory. She tailors her teaching to how our kids learn and enjoys understanding them as individuals. Not only can our kids play beautifully but we believe that they have grown by how Mary helps them approach challenges with music that they can apply to other aspects in their lives." --TMW
If a student has studied previously, then they sing or play for me and I evaluate what I see and hear. I ask them their goals and then tell them how I would proceed and what I see as their next steps. If they have not studied previously, then we begin with core basics and an overview of what is necessary to sing or play well, and off we go.
I have a BA in music performance from Stanford University, two years of vocal study in Stuttgart Germany, and years of lessons with well known teachers. For years I was the president of the Board for our local northern California branch of the National Association Teachers of Singing and currently still serve on the Board. I am the Voice Chair for the Certificate of Merit program of the local branch of the Music Teachers Association of California. I have performed in recitals focusing on art songs, local opera and operettas.
My lessons are 45 minutes or 1 hour depending of the age and stage of the student. I offer partial scholarships when necessary for a hard working student.
I loved student teaching even back in college and it was the perfect way to supplement the family income when I had children at home, since I could be home and available for emergencies. My children were very respectful of the teaching going on in the living room and tended to their own practicing and homework in their own rooms.
I work with students from 8-88 years old! Some voice students have gone on to study or perform music in and after college, performing in opera, oratorio and Musical Theater and recitals. Others continue to sing or play just for the joy of it. A current high school piano student has increased her abilities enought to accompany a local choir. Music continues to bring joy to their lives.
Speak on the phone or by email to find out if your goals and the skills of the teacher are a match. Research the teacher by looking at their website, recommendations, etc. Then schedule a trial lesson. Follow your heart. If you feel comfortable, supported and excited by what you do and hear at the lesson, then this is a teacher to study with. If not, keep looking. Especially with voice, since the instrument itself is developing as you study, you MUST trust the teacher to whom you commit.