DO YOU WANT TO...
Feel freer and more creative than ever before?
Access and trust your intuitive self?
Build confidence in public speaking?
Pick up music lessons again that you took as a child or in college or start from scratch?
Polish off your professional performances?
Write and record your own songs?
Be supported as you open yourself up and express your true, authentic self?
Get past feeling that you're too old or it's too late?
Transform your life from black and white to color?
Elevate your life by design and feel inspired?
- Find your true voice and build a strong foundation in voice, piano, guitar, and electronic music instruments, including midi controllers and the TC Helicon Voice Live instruments, and software programs, including Ableton Live and Logic
- Learn foundational recording and mixing techniques, including EQ, compression, panning, level balancing, reverb and special effects.
- Explore writing melodies and harmonies, arranging, exercise lyrical ideas, and organize and plan ideas
- Develop your own style, express yourself, connect with and emotionally move your audience
- Build healthy habits and structured practice methods
- Step into vulnerable, intimate openness and expand your capacity to be the fullest expression of your essential self
- Choose to live in faith, trust, and the unknown to fuel the leap of faith required to achieve your deepest desires
- Up-level your sense of self-worth
- Overcome your resistance to change
- Break through limiting beliefs
- Explore how confident you are in showing up in the world
OR - I ALREADY KNOW WHAT I WANT:
Find your true voice. Lessons are catered to your individual needs and will help you to build a strong foundation in vocal and instrumental technique and creative expression. We will practice breathing fundamentals, posture, tone production, articulation, and delivery, which will enable you to increase your range, stamina, and overall vocal facility. Lessons are either in-person or online.
I like to keep things simple: Singing better simply means to be able to do more of the things you want to do with your voice and to do them reliably. This means singing with more range, better tone, stamina, passion, volume and power as well as singing in tune and without pain. Ultimately, it means using your singing voice freely and expressing in ways that is uniquely you.
Since your body is your instrument, your voice needs the right kinds of exercise and approach to bring it up to peak performance. Whatever degree of improvement satisfies your singing goal, that’s adequate. And that’s what I consider the purpose and goal of technique – to sing what you want to sing in the way you want to sing it and maintain your vocal health. For those of you who perform there is one more step: To express yourself, connect with and emotionally move your audience.
Our joint purpose is to help you discover your unique voice, and the lessons always reflect your creative goals. All levels and styles are welcome. Contact me with questions or to schedule an introductory lesson. My students have found themselves achieving vocal and musical breakthroughs in time as little as one-two lessons. There's a wealth of practical knowledge included in every lesson, and you take it all home with you as we record your lessons. It's also important to enjoy the journey. My students and I laugh A LOT.
Lessons are catered to your individual needs and will help you to build a strong foundation in vocaland instrumental technique and creative expression. We practice breathing fundamentals, posture, tone production, musicality, and delivery, which will enable you to increase your range, stamina, performance skills, and overall vocal and musical facility.
My songwriting students explore arranging, write to feature their vocal strengths, exercise lyrical ideas, and organize and plan ideas. Guitar and piano students study chord shapes and technique.
I've been teaching for eleven years to professionals and hobbyists alike. Whether the goal is to prepare for a recording or a performance, ace an audition to a music school, or develop a passion, my students have achieved their set goals and enjoyed the process. I've been performing professionally for 23 years, am a full-time singer now, and I also check in and take lessons with my master teachers from time to time to stay on track. I'd love to share what I've learned with you.
OR, I ALREADY KNOW WHAT I WANT:
- have won the Amateur Night at the Apollo Theater: Making a Star
- are professional songwriters signed with Sony BMG Entertainment
- have garnered 70K plays on Soundcloud in two days after a release
- were accepted into the Conservatory of Music at Brooklyn College
- have written and performed music at their weddings - after taking a fifteen-year break from music and without having had prior voice lessons
- have gained confidence through undertaking musical study and been offered their dream jobs
- have written original musical theater pieces
- have started with ZERO music experience and are now preparing to sing in New York City jazz clubs
- are building confidence with their public speaking skills for professional presentations
Singing is an incredibly rich discipline. The practice of singing is a journey of both vocal and personal development. The power of the voice can move and inspire listeners with tremendous visceral impact. These two ideas are inextricably linked in the progression of becoming a singer.
It is crucial to build a trust with students that allows the discovery of their ‘true voice;’ a voice without manipulations or manifestations but rather a development of their natural instrument. Being confident in one’s knowledge of vocal pedagogy (anatomy, physiology and acoustics) is crucial in teaching students to build a proficient methodology. Furthermore, it is my role to help singers find the artistry in the music since communication is a key component to becoming a successful singer.
I strive to instill the elements I consider to be the foundation of any great vocal technique. These include a strong and consistent breath support system, an understanding of appropriate relaxations, including the kinesthetic awareness of an open and unstrained throat and the ability to identify optimum sensations of resonance and tonal placement.
In my experience as a teacher there is one congruent philosophy: each student is an individual and requires a unique application of these techniques. One of the gifts I bring to teaching is my ability to communicate the ideas of singing technique to my students. I have worked diligently to become a professional singer and vocal pedagogue. I understand the development of the voice with regards to technique and musicality. Furthermore, I continue to take every opportunity to research and further my education through master teachers in order to enhance my own abilities as a professional singer and teacher. This benefits my students greatly in their continued vocal studies.
My mission in teaching is to nurture my students so that they develop work ethic and a lifelong love for music. Learning piano and guitar is an opportunity to enhance and expand other life skills: communication, patience, confidence, and joy.
I emphasize building a strong music foundation first. This means, I first make sure students can master note-reading and rhythmic accuracy before I spend much time on advanced technique or sophisticated artistry of piano and guitar playing. A solid foundation for basic music literacy, an aural skill to appreciate different qualities of sound, and making music with feelings and meanings while maintaining personal wellness, are my ultimate musical goals for my students.
My job as a teacher is to prepare the student for playing and practicing success at home. We do simple exercises in a logical, step by step manner that prepare them to play repertoire successfully. This helps the student stay motivated and progress more quickly. Older students that have a secure foundation in reading can focus their efforts in fine tuning, rather than spending most of their time trying to figure out the notes and rhythms.
The advantage of being an adult is that you have more control over what you would like your musical experiences to be. Depending on how much time you have for music practice and what skill level you are currently at, we will come up with a plan together to help you reach your musical goals.
I teach my students self-monitoring skills by guiding them to become more mindful, self-aware, and conscientious during the course of their learning. Having the ability to self-correct and to be fully aware of what is learned and experienced, will only ensure a successful, independent learner. I seek to patiently help each student at their own pace. Kindness and respect are the basis for our relationship, and my students find their journey in learning to sing, play instruments, write and produce songs, develop their live performances, and building confidence in public speaking engaging, fulfilling, and fun.
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"I recommend Mary without qualification to anyone from the casual singer/strummer to the advanced musician or studio geek who wants to up their game to the next level. I came to Mary as a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter who wanted help with singing/vocals. A few things were apparent from the beginning: she is a creative, patient, yet demanding teacher with a razor-sharp ear and an endless bag of similes, metaphors, and visual and mental techniques to get across the point she's trying to explain (which is all aimed at coaxing the best out of you in each lesson). I've had many music teachers over the years, and it is rare to find one who combines vast knowledge of music theory and the fundamentals/techniques of their particular instrument with the ability to translate and teach all of this effectively. Mary is exactly this type of teacher. I also appreciate that her passion and enthusiasm for music and creativity practically oozes out of her pores, and in the year+ that we've been working together she's challenged me to not only improve my vocals but develop my songwriting skills using Logic." - Julia J.
"There is something about her ability to hear what I am doing, maybe to even hear merely what I intend, and boiling it down to workable and usable elements. She not only makes the most of where I am musically and with my busy schedule, she always finds a slice of exactly what I need, a piece of what's usefully available. In that way Mary just amazes with her gifts and talents and good nature. So if I don't thank and recognize her enough, let me do it now. Thanks!" - Johnny G.
"Mary takes the time to find out exactly what you want to work and/or develop on and builds a custom lesson plan that is never boring and always engaging. Her vast expertise and passion for music makes her the perfect instructor and her studio space makes for a great atmosphere with musical instruments readily available. She is always on time and very flexible when it comes to scheduling appointments. So if you are a beginner that’s just starting to sing, or an experienced musician looking to grow as a professional, Mary is the perfect guide." - Sar D.