Patricia M.

Patricia M.

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San Pedro, CA

About Patricia M.

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Patricia teaches: Males 5 to 80
Females 5 to 80
Teaching since: March 1960
Last sign in: Today
Average response time: Less than 1 hour

Overview

As a child I watched from the doorway as my older sister took her piano lessons. From that experience I taught myself to play the piano. My formal training came in college where I received my BA in Applied Music in piano and voice. I studied classical music and opera from a visiting professor from Peabody Conservatory, Baltimore MD. I graduated with honors and gave my Town Hall performance in the Spring of my Senior year. I had a passionate desire to be involved in music, to hear it and to perform it. I spent several years singing with the San Diego Opera Company, performing lead roles in Musical Theater and soloing in concerts from Monterrey to San Diego, CA. While still a student in college, I taught piano to children from the local community, so I have accumulated decades of teaching experience. Nothing brings me greater pleasure than to see individuals "blossom" into their creative selves. Whether it is for a student's own enjoyment, audition preparation, recital performance or ongoing piano or voice development, I am committed to engaging you in an experience of learning and fun. It may be the biggest thrill of your lifetime!

*** Lesson Details ***
I love to have fun. For me, learning is a great source of fun. My goal is to make the process of your learning music fun while effective. I do have high standards for participation. I do not ask anything of you that I haven't done myself. I know, from many years of experience in performing and teaching, what it takes to make progress in a learning curve, Are you excited? Are you dedicated? Are you willing to jump in and get busy? I will give you the foundation of theory and technique to support your performance. I will expand your understanding and appreciation for music in its many styles and formats. No every other week or schedule as you go lessons, please. 

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room - Steinway piano, cathedral ceilings ... good acoustics.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Must have piano or quality keyboard. I definitely prefer piano.

*** Specialties ***
I was trained classically in both piano and voice, but spent many years in musical theater and singing in supper clubs, as well. I am capable of teaching most styles of piano and voice except rock and rap.

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Experience

Actor, Model, Soloist, Performer in Musical Theater, Radio producer and host of my own show Sep 1975 - Sep 1995
I was contracted by the San Diego Opera Company and many others during my performing career

I began performing in musical theater at the age of four, and continued for most of my adult life. I was also a professional church soloist for 20 years and did many concerts during that time. I have taught piano and voice almost my entire adult life.

Education

BA Applied Music: Piano & Voice - Departmental Honors Sep 1958 - May 1962
Hood College for Women

Certifications

Diploma in Computer Graphics Jun 1996
Platt College

Was awarded a designation of Alpha Beta Kappa. the higest academic achievement award for the Computer Graphics Industry.

Awards

Best of San Pedro - PMD PAtricia Merrill Designs and Fine Art - 2014 Apr 2014
San Pedro Award Program - San Pedro, CA
Best 0f 2013 - PMD ~ Patricia Merrill Designs and Fine art Jan 2014
San Pedro Award Program - San Pedro, CA
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9 Reviews on Patricia M.

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Khristen V. September 11, 2014
Audition Prep · In home
We are so very fortunate to have had Patricia work with our daughter. She was very helpful on many levels. Patricia was able to help my daughter decide on what roles best suit her. She picked up on her strengths and motivated her to work on her weakness. My daughter was in awe with how much experience Patricia has in Broadway and truly enjoyed working her. Patricia was always prompt and really gave her all in each session. We really enjoyed having her around while working with our daughter.
Thank you Patricia for all your help! Lauren had her audition tonight and she is very confident. We will let you know how she did next week!!
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Megan D. May 14, 2014
Piano
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I am so lucky to have stumbled onto this site and found Patricia. She is everything I could have asked for in a piano instructor. I started lessons as an adult beginner and have really learned a lot since I've started. Patricia has shown so much patience and she also makes each lesson fun. She constructs the lessons to my pace and skill level but also pushes me and challenges me to do my best. I'm looking forward to having many more lessons with Patricia!
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Karen L. October 29, 2013
Broadway Singing
Patricia is a wonderful teacher.

Patricia is an amazing teacher. She is patient, kind and extremely knowledgable when it comes to music. My daughter is learning so much and loves going to her lessons every week. We were so lucky to have discovered Patricia!
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SierraD July 7, 2012
Student

Patricia is a great teacher. She is very instructive and explains things very well. She is a patient and friendly woman. She paces her lessons very well and never overwhelms her students. I would definitely recommend her.
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JessicaH December 30, 2011
Feedback

Patricia greatly helped me with my vocal foundation and she was always very supportive. I would recommend her to anyone!
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AngieS2 October 22, 2011
Patricia is Awesome!!!

Taking lessons with Patricia is a very motivating experience. She always pushes me to do my best. She is an inspiring person. She has a drive that sets a bar at each lesson. I always look forward to my time with her and appreciate her knowledge.
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VaishaliS May 22, 2011
Singing student

I love Patricia. She is knowledgeable,talented, patient, warm,caring, honest with you to help you improve, hard-working, and just a great teacher!
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KayS December 14, 2010
i really like patricia because she asks what you are looking for and really sticks to it so that ia do not feel pressured to do anything that i do not want to do...i am very satisfied with this arrangement
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JulieG2 July 9, 2010
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I have never sung before mostly because I was told I couldn't sing. I decided it was time to prove not just to others but more importantly myself that anyone including me can sing. I'll admit even with a lot of practice it's been tough but my instructor Patricia M. is very encouraging. I know that some of the sounds that come out of my mouth would have the general public taking cover and searching for their earplugs but not Patricia. She keeps encouraging me and says "try again". If you have a goal to do something like learning to sing Patricia will embrace your goal right along with you. It's about taking baby steps and as long as Patricia hasn't given up on me than I'm not giving up.By the way the most important part of singing is breathing