Marie Lester

Marie L.

Frederick, MD

Lesson Details

Broadway Singing

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I earned my B.A. in music from Hood College and have studied with Elaine Bonazzi in New York and Ruth Drucker in Baltimore. I sang opera professionally in my twenties and have been teaching private voice lessons for fifteen years. Many of my students have gone on to music conservatories or universities for vocal performance (classical and musical theater), but if you are just looking to have fun singing that is great, too!

*note: for voice lessons I only teach female students
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About

Marie delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Females 5+ and males 5 to 30

Teaching since:
2003

I earned my B.A. in music from Hood College and have been teaching private voice/piano lessons and general music in schools for the past fifteen years. I sang opera professionally in my twenties and early thirties, and have taught both the young beginner who just likes to sing for fun and the serious musician preparing for a career in music. I also teach beginning piano and particularly enjoy working with children (I am a preschool teacher by day). If your child is interested in learning to play the piano, this is a great first step; thanks to my background in working with young children, I understand how to pace a lesson to keep a young child interested in sitting still on a piano bench for thirty minutes straight ;)

If you are interested in piano lessons, please have either a real piano or weighted keyboard at home for practice. You will also need to purchase a few music books (about $5 each). Voice students will need to purchase song books ($15-20) after we meet and I get a feel for the student’s range and what type of repertoire we should work on.

Note: for VOICE LESSONS ONLY I only teach female students.

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Experience

Pre-K Teacher
Aug 2015 - Present
Georgetown Hill Early Learning School

Music Teacher
Aug 2008 - Jun 2015
Trinity School of Frederick

Voice Teacher
Aug 2005 - Aug 2008
Hood College (Preparatory Division)

Voice and Piano Teacher
Jan 2003 - Jun 2008
Mid-Maryland Performing Arts Center

Education

Music
Aug 2002 - Jun 2006
Hood College

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Preschool Growth and Development
Jan 2017
Quality Care Learning Center

Member
Jan 2017
NAEYC

Preschool Methods and Materials
Nov 2016
Quality Care Learning Center

CPR
Oct 2016
Red Cross

Photos & Videos

Marie Lester

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Me at work (preschool) with my co-teacher celebrating Red Nose Day!

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From a concert I sang on at Hood College in July 2017 for their summer concert series.

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3 Reviews

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Melanie T. Oct 24, 2018
Piano · In studio

Marie has been absolutely wonderful with my 8 year old daughter. My daughter has tried taking piano lessons before and hated going. Marie has completely changed her attitude about piano; my daughter has progressed quickly in the last year and even enjoys practicing. I couldn't recommend a better piano teacher!

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Rachel E. May 7, 2018
Singing · In studio

Marie made me feel comfortable and was interested in hearing what kind of music I liked as a singer. I really enjoyed my first lesson!

Taylyn N. Mar 26, 2018
Piano · In studio

I went to my first lesson today and Ms. Marie gave a warm welcome. She was very kind even if when I stuttered and made some mistakes here and there.

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