- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate
- Teaches students:
- Ages 4+ and special needs
- Teaching since:
- January 2007
Born in Panama City, Panama, Mariana completed a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Shenandoah Conservatory and completed a Master of Music in Vocal Pedagogy at the Catholic University of America with an emphasis in Latin American Music in 2009. She has sung on the stages of Italy and Spain participating in performances of Die Zauberfl te, L'Elisir d'Amore and La Traviata. Mariana has sung in the DC area with Zarzuela Di Si and the In Series as well as The City Choir of Washington and The Washington Chorus.
As a voice teacher, Mariana has experience teaching students of all ages but mostly children and teenagers. Her approach is simple yet effective, speaking in terms that are easy for each individual student to understand and remember.
*** Lesson Details ***
Students will develop a strong vocal technique and build healthy vocal habits. They will learn all aspects needed to become a well rounded singer: diction, interpretation, musicianship, breath support and focus, all of this while having fun! Also, they will acquire the tools to keep up the work they've done during their lessons in the time between meetings with the teacher.
Pianists will learn to read music and play by ear while acquiring a healthy technique to avoid any injuries.
*** Studio Equipment ***
You'll be learning to play on a beautiful Kawai upright piano.
*** Travel Equipment ***
I own a traveling keyboard but prefer to use a larger instrument if available at the student's home. I also provide musical scores and the use of metronome.
*** Specialties ***
Classical, pop, musical theatre, rock
Our five year old started lessons this fall and really enjoys working with Mariana. She has a great rapport with her and has been welcoming to our entire family.
Made us feel very comfortable and offered lots of suggestions for things to practice at home. We felt like it was very tailored to what we wanted to learn
She is a wonderful teacher. So easy to work with. My daughter loves her!
Outstanding! Mariana is funny and is easy to work with. She takes time when you are struggling and pushes you when you are not.
I woukd highly recomend her to anyone wanting to learn spanish.
She is the best! Rick L
We absolutely love Mariana. She relates beautifully to our girls, she's positive, encouraging and creative. We are thrilled to have found such a lovely teacher.
Overall - my first lesson was good. There were a few terms she used, that I didn't know. It would have been helpful if she explained more. She is very friendly and I think I'm going to like working wit her.
thank you for teaching me so much and i am exited for the next ones. YOUR THE BEST (;
Super nice! Super fun! Sign up before she fills up! Noticing a large improvement! Very knowledgable. Definitely recommend her!
She is very good in motivating and keeping an active 6 year old engaged and exited. She is very delightful. We love having her as our teacher.
Excellent vocal instructor & coach
Mariana has been a consistently impressive instructor over the past year. She has shown that she can identify improvements for her students in a surprisingly accurate and quick manner. A year later, I still rely on her tips in performance scenarios and when just sitting at home practicing.
When I first started taking lessons with Mariana, I was bad...real bad. Now I am considerably better and that feedback is from very honest (and very forward) friends of mine!! I am thankful for the fact that Mariana does not let my mistakes go unnoticed and works with me to correct them. It should be noted that she has an incredibly polite delivery when identifying mistakes and offering improvement tips. This is something I don't personally need but is so out of the ordinary for instructors that I feel it deserves recognition.
I would highly recommend Mariana to any type of student singing in any genre. She is very big on the fundamentals but understands a person's musical style and goals so she tailors her lessons to fit the student. Whether it be critique of a recording or an in person lesson - Marianaâs teaching style, polite delivery and accuracy of improvement areas lead to a shorter time frame for a student to reach their goals.
I have been able to teach myself every instrument I've put my hands on (5 so far). From the perspective of someone who has very high expectations of myself and my music...I would not have been able to get where I am vocally without her.
Awesome teacher for kids!
My daughter has always loved to sing and at 8 yrs old was ready for some training. Mariana has been very patient, gentle, and encouraging to her-never pushing her past her comfort. My daughter is not normally shy, but she cares so much about singing that she was a bit nervous in her first lessons. She just had her third lesson and was able to really open up and sing. Mariana praised her and was able to encourage her to let go and not worry about a mistake! I think the best compliment you can give a teacher is to listen to the child talk about her lesson all afternoon and share with everyone she can find what she learned and her "real voice" Mariana also works very hard to explain in kid terms what she is teaching and how to warm up. I have sung all my life, but never had any training. Im learning right along with my daughter and it has been an amazing experience. Im really glad to have this opportunity to work with Mariana.
I'm a beginner, and mainly enjoy singing at my own leisure. I came to take lessons without a background of music, solely with the intent to learn more about my potential in singing that Mariana has helped me expound on. She has taught me so much that I feel more confident in my ability to perform. I now know proper techniques and weaknesses to improve on that only an instructor is able to point out in person. She's a very kind, patient teacher, and broke lessons down to detail. I would love to work with her again in the future and recommend Mariana to any and all levels of people who are passionate about singing.
I really enjoyed working with Mariana. She is very attentive to her student's needs and seems to genuinely care about the student's progress/development. She is also very organized and flexible, which makes for a smooth, relaxed experience. If you are looking for a new teacher, or to get back into singing, I highly recommend her!
The lessons are great. Mariana has helped me try things with my voice that I would never have the confidence to do beforehand. The lessons are fun, yet extremely useful in my music career. Couldn't ask for anyone better...so far! :)
she is awesome, i just had my first lessons with her, but she already helped me so much...sometimes when she sings a note, im like wow i wanna do it like her, im really happy to get her help, for my voice....Thanks so much to you Mariana
So far I really enjoy lessons with my teacher Mariana.She is very smart,patient,kind and encouraging young lady.:) Thank you.
Mariana is a great teacher, very flexible on the overall goals but precise in her instructions to meet them. A true music professional. She is very fun to work with as well! Gracias Mariana!
Mariana is extremely professional, diligent and does not let sloppiness on my part slip by. She is an excellent instructor and exactly what I was looking for in a voice teacher.
Mariana is great!
I was very happy with the voice lessons I received from Mariana. She is friendly and knowledgeable. She helped me locate the things that I needed to work on and pushed me to try harder.
Mariana stepped right in to assist my daughter's preparation in a national talent competition and did a great job! We look forward with excitement and enthusiasm.
Mariana is a highly competent & professional instructor. I can tell I will learn from her teachings.
Mariana, You are doing a great job bringing Cassie out of her shell. She knows most of the words to Castle in the Clouds now and we ordered the book. Thanks for being patient but challenging her.
Samantha is very pleased with Mariana's methods and enjoys the lessons. Mariana is warm and yet demanding. THANK YOU.
Mariana is an excellent instructor. I like her patience, but above all she is always pleasant and makes each session comfortable. also what stands out is her attention to details. Excellent instructor
Mariana is a real good teacher. You can tell she knows what she is doing and is good at what she does. She is quick to hear the problem and point it out which is a plus.
I've been a student of Mariana for two months and I have already seen an improvement in my breathing, tonality, confidence and projection. She's patient and very creative in her methods as it pretains to the different styles of singing, and preparing me with various training technique's.In closing I'm very impressed with Mariana and I would highly recomend her to anyone looking forward to taking voice lesson.Fernando Kee+ Read More