Marty W.

Marty W.

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Chandler, AZ

About Marty W.

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Marty teaches: Males 5 and up
Females 5 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: November 1997
Last sign in: 3 days ago
Average response time: 16 hours

Overview

Open up to your own unique voice. Play piano with energy and freedom.

"With singing, your body is your instrument. Helping you become all you can be as a performer is my number one goal. Protecting your voice is a close second as we work to strengthen your vocal range and the quality of your sound. As well, piano students will learn techniques that will speed up their comprehension of sight reading and/or improvisation. Teaching gives me an opportunity to energize my students and share with them historically proven techniques - as well as new ways of practicing and performing." - Marty

Originally from Boulder, Colorado, Marty moved to the Phoenix, AZ area eight years ago. Marty has over 20 years of performing and teaching experience. She studied for three years at the School of Music, University of Colorado, Boulder. She has studied in the Masters program in vocal pedagogy and has performed in a variety of venues from blues to opera.

You will find her pedagogy technique to be respectful of the masters that have come before her. She is also open to new techniques from belting (in popular music), to microphone usage skills. As a student, you will be invited to perform in student recitals. You will be joining a team of dedicated, passionate performers who know the pleasure of performing.

As a beginning and intermediate piano instructor, Marty will guide you in the basics of sight reading. If you prefer, your piano classes will consist primarily of improvisation and chord progressions (you will also learn a little bit of sight reading which will help you 'flesh out' the melody). You will gain a solid foundation in music theory as well as an introduction into the vast world of music history. All age ranges are welcome, from the beginning elementary student, to the retiree just now finding the time to pursue their passion to perform.

I have authored a variety of music theory articles to assist you with your progress. We use these in the lessons to speed up your assimilation of the material. You will receive support via this literature and will quickly recognize how music theory supports your efforts with either singing or playing the piano.

*** Lesson Details ***
Your voice is unique to you. How you currently sing and what you want to sing will be the foundation from which we work. We will explore your voice and strengthen it via breath and physical exercises and practice with a repertoire that suits your individual tastes. We will also prepare your mind for quick and fluid articulation of your musical sensitivities.

Music theory and various musical explorations will assist you in moving forward in the most rapid manner possible. Whether you are twelve years old or sixty-five, you will find fun as well as perceptive methods for strengthening your passion for musical performance.

Since your body is your instrument, I am very conscious of the need to assist you in waking your body up in order to perform most successfully. The warm-up exercises include not only traditional vocalizes, but also methods for stretching your body and strengthening your diaphragmatic breathing. My students become very aware of any residual tension in their bodies. Singing is a wonderful way to get in touch with - and expel - any way in which you might 'close down' or 'tense down' your physical body. By working with a caring professional, you will learn how to freely share your unique talent with the world.

As we progress through the series of classes, you will use breathing exercises to activate the thoracic (throat & chest) and visceral (stomach) cavities. Your lessons will continue into specific vocalization exercises; such as singing scales, triads and specific exercises to assist you with fluid musical expression. Traditional ear training will also be a part of the lessons for intermediate students.

Many of the lessons I teach include a theme of working on confidence, vocal projection, breath support, finding and releasing tension, vocal range expansion, audition preparation and stage performance. All singing includes a core of story-telling. You will be encouraged to 'deconstruct' a song and discover the story, along with the emotions that are found in the lyrics of the songs you will sing.

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In a similar fashion, my piano students will work on exercises to establish kinesthetic learning or muscle-memory. I have a unique method for sharing chord-progressions and piano improvisation. You will learn to quickly share music in a satisfying and pleasing manner that will surprise you and the people who hear your music. From your unique 'ear,' and via your new-found understanding of music theory, music will pour out of your piano.

As a piano student, you will also be exposed to lessons of the masters who have taught for hundreds of years. Sight-reading at the piano is a very enjoyable skill. It is also a foundation from which we will work (while taking in mind your particular interests). Again, whether a pre-teen or a senior citizen (or anyone in between!) who has finally found the time to explore their musical talent - you will find classes uniquely suited to your musical trajectory.

Your lessons will proceed as you acquire the ability to successfully perform your exercises and musical literature. Playing the piano fluidly and sharing your abilities with others is an amazing experience! It is my intent to ensure that your progress is swift, enjoyable and based on the work of the masters who have come before us! See you soon... Cordially, Marty W.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, metronome, microphone and amp. I can provide supplemental piano music; in some cases, students will need to purchase their own music. I also have an area where parents can wait for lessons to end. We also have a market or restaurant close-by as well.

*** Travel Equipment ***
When traveling to student's homes - they need to have a piano. In some cases, students also need to buy their own voice or piano books. In the event that a vocal student prefers in-home lessons and does not have a piano, I can bring an electric piano to the lessons (let's talk!).

*** Specialties ***
Barbara Doscher method of Opera Voice and Singing
Have experience with conducting choral music
Piano - beginner and intermediate sight reading
Piano - chord progression and music theory (some songwriting)

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Experience

Vocal Pedagogy and Piano Instructor, etc. Oct 2010 - Present
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Music Teacher Jan 1990 - Jun 1990
Carden School

Taught grade school and junior high music theory, choir, bells and drumming.

Education

Master of Science Oct 2002 - Nov 2004
University of Advancing Technology
Master of Liberal Arts May 1995 - Jun 1998
Regis University
Liberal Arts - Interdisciplinary Degree Jan 1990 - Nov 1994
University of Colorado, Boulder

Languages Spoken

Italian (for singing) Limited Proficiency
Spanish (For singing and limited usage) Limited Proficiency

Awards

Choir Regionals May 1992
National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS)
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Yolanda C. October 10, 2014
Piano · In home
Verified Student
My two children absolutely loves taking piano lessons from Ms. Marty. In the past, both of them dreaded piano lessons and anything that had to do with piano. Once we found Ms. Marty, the kids have a new attitude towards learning and practicing. My daughter even asks to practice everyday! Ms. Marty has her own unique way of teaching the material so that kids can understand. I also like how she blends the traditional methods of teaching piano with the new 'tech' world we live in. She knows where to look for material and websites online that will help children with their music learning.
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Debby R. August 8, 2014
Vocal Training · In studio
Verified Student
Marty is a very kind, patient, and knowledgeable vocal teacher. She makes learning fun and challenging. My daughter has enjoyed her time with Miss Marty and has benefited by strengthening her voice and increasing her confidence.
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Maggie L. May 21, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
She is a great teacher who has lots of patient with me. Thank you Marty!!
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Maureen G. April 4, 2014
Piano
Verified Student
MY BUCKET LIST ENABLER

AS A FEMALE SENIOR AND IN THE MODE OF SNOW BIRDING IN AZ, I NEEDED TO CROSS OFF AN ITEM ON MY BUCKET LIST--TO RENEW MY INTEREST AND PROFICIENCY IN PIANO AND THE JOY OF MUSIC.
CHILDHOOD AND YOUNG ADULTHOOD LESSONS WERE DEFERRED BY MARRIAGE AND CHILDREN. NOW IN MY SENIOR YEARS, I HAVE A YEARNING TO RECAPTURE ALL THAT WAS GOOD SO LONG AGO.
AS LUCK WOULD HAVE IT, I WAS ABLE TO CONNECT WITH MARTY WILSON. SHE HAS GIVEN ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO REALIZE THE JOY OF MAKING MUSIC AGAIN AND PROVIDED ME WITH AN EVER CHALLENGING REPETROIRE OF SKILLS TO WORK ON, I AM SO GRATEFUL AND ENCOURAGE ANY SENIOR OR OTHERWISE TO REKINDLE A MUSICAL INTEREST OR BEGIN ANEW. THE SKILL, ENTHUSIASM AND LOVE OF HER "CRAFT" ENABLES ANY STUDENT TO ACHIEVE THEIR PERSONAL AND OR PROFESSIONAL GOALS.
ME!! I AM JUST HAPPY TO PLAY THE PIANO AGAIN!!
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Suzanne F. January 28, 2014
Singing
Verified Student
Fabulous teacher, motivating, inspiring, skilled and dedicated!

My daughter loves studying with Marti. She is able to teach in a way that is understandable while also motivating excellency. In the past we have tried other coaches but they have all been disappointing and teach only a song while playing at the piano. Marti teaches full voice technique while integrating the technique with the pieces they will perform. Couldn't be happier!
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Denise B. October 31, 2013
Singing
Verified Student
Great teacher

Marty spends the extra time to teach her students the correct way to sing. My daughter has come so far in under a year. She is a great coach and teacher.
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tara H. October 30, 2013
Singing
Verified Student
professional, intuitive and skilled

I just wanted to take a moment to write a short note of praise for voice instructor Marty Wilson.

Marty took me under her wing for a crash course audition preparation, with just one week to prepare! Marty was the perfect instructor for this task... She provided coaching on stage presence, proper mic usage, non-vocal communication, and stress management, that I would have been completely lost without. She kept me focused on the task at hand, and was extremely insightful in feedback and instruction. She even took the time to email me some helpful video and instruction links to supplement our lessons that further prepared me for my audition.

I would highly recommend Marty for anyone seeking a vocal coach.

Thanks!

Tara
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Bonnie H. October 28, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
Piano is so rewarding!

Marty has helped me tremendously with understanding music theory and helping me advance my playing! As an older student, I need a different approach from kids; and Marty has worked hard to give me that training! I love taking lessons!
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Keata B. May 3, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
AMAZING PIANO TEACHER

What can we say about Mrs. Marty!?? She is absolutely amazing!!!! She is so encouraging and patient. She has taught my son so many things about music in general! He loves learning from her! We appreciate all of her hard work and dedication. She also teaches to each child's individual needs. We love you, you are a wonderful teacher!!
Thanks for all that you do!!!!!!!!
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Lindsay P. April 18, 2013
Singing
Verified Student
Marty is wonderful!

Marty and I clicked instantly and she is so easy to work with. The teaching environment is relaxed and she makes me feel comfortable. As an adult taking singing lessons for the first time, I was a bit self-consious at first but Marty has made me feel very comfortable and more confident in my abilities. I have already grown so much in the time I've spent with her and I look forward to continuing to work with her.