- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate
- Teaches students:
- Ages 5+ and special needs
- Teaching since:
- November 1997
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.
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)
See topic descriptions.
Taught grade school and junior high music theory, choir, bells and drumming.
Super attentive to my daughters needs.
Marty has a wonderful energy about her and her teaching style was very helpful to me. We worked on my range, tone, and various techniques to open up and improve the voice which definitely helped! I saw improvements in less than 5 weeks (1 lesson per week) and her personalized booklet helped keep me on track! She's fantastic.+ Read More
I went to Marty for voice lessons, initially - I had never taken any before, and I wanted to grow in improving my singing voice. I did have about 10 years of instruction in classical piano before my 20's, however, and after a number of voice lessons with Marty, I asked if she would also help me learn more improvisation on the piano (which is something I had only learned a little of in my years of piano lessons). It was a real treat to get to a place where I could both play and sing at the same time with her help - and comfortably! She was so fun to work with, and I really appreciate her perspective on music, and her clear enjoyment of it. Marty helped rekindle a love for music in me that had been pushed aside for awhile, in the midst of my life as a busy mom. To top it off, I found out near the end of our season of lessons together that she is also an excellent calligrapher, and that she offered lessons for that too - which is something else I wanted to learn. She helped get me started with that as well. I would recommend Marty to a friend for any of these three categories of lessons. She is knowledgeable, inspiring, and a lot of fun to learn from! I look forward to taking from her again in the future.+ Read More
Marty is amazing. She helped find my voice and sing to my new wife. Her vast knowledge in music is amazing. My wife and sister will also be taking lessons from her. Worth every penny. Youd be lucky to have her as your teacher.
I loved it. I can't wait for more.
Marty has a true heart for music! She really cares about the success of her students. The only reason I didn't give her 5 stars is because I had a long-time instructor previously who was out of this world, so I couldn't select "Best Instructor ever" as that would do him a disservice. He no longer teaches. Marty comes in a close second and I would recommend her services. She is sweet and kind. I enjoyed my time with her!+ Read More
Miss Marty was very sweet and fulfilled our request to make lessons fun for our young daughter. We are very happy so far
Marty was everything we were looking for in a piano instructor. Her background is highly skilled. She teaches all levels and we are beginners. My daughter also wanted voice lessons in accompaniment so we can have Marty help with both as she also teaches voice. Highly recommend her.+ Read More
I was so nervous before my first lesson. Marty went above and beyond to put me at ease and made me feel excited and hopeful about my skill set. I chose her because of what other people had said and they were all right. You won't regret working with her.+ Read More
I enjoyed how flexible Marty is . She is a nice teacher who embraces different cultures and approaches.
I am retired and wanted to start playing piano again after many years. Marty tailors my lessons to my skill level and to the kind of music I want to play. She is very personable, extremely well organized, and is a very effective teacher.
Marty is helping me figure out what I want to get out of voice lessons. I have loved signing my whole life, I am 50 now, still love it but never had any formal training, she is helping me find my real voice and express it the way that I want to. I LOVE HER!+ Read More
My daughter had a great time and learned so much about her voice in her first lesson.
I swear you don't just learn piano from Marty. You learn about life. She caters to the needs and skills of each student. She personalizes each lesson with a music binder that she puts together for you. And she is gracing the music world with a book on her method! Her repertoire/bookshelf is endless. I looked forward to every single lesson (and she's so flexible when it comes to rescheduling) during my seven months with her! I had a blast. Thanks Marty - you're the best!+ Read More
Marty was a terrific teacher. I loved how she had a wide knowledge and I felt like I could ask her anything and she would either know the answer or be able to find it for me. I really enjoyed working with Marty and I would recommend her to anyone. I wish I could+ Read More
At first the reason I decided to take singing lessons was just for fun but after 9+ months with Marty, man oh man... I have made lots of progress, am more confident in my singing abilities, and learned a great deal of what it takes to be a great singer. Sometimes when I'm singing, I'm completely a different person!
I still have a long way to go, but Marty has taught me that it is possible for anybody to sing well and that is why we need Marty! She is friendly, very encouraging and full of energy and fun. Thank you, Marty!
I just finished my first lesson with Marty today. I was nervous and excited before the lesson but Marty was very welcoming, warm and friendly. She is very passionate about music and singing and during the lesson I could feel she was invested in my success. In the first lesson I already felt equipped to begin learning and practicing things to help me on my journey toward my goals. She also communicated a great commitment to my goals which was a major point for me. Her knowledge of music added to my excitement because I enjoy learning and Marty was more than happy to educate me, even on more complex topics. I am glad that Marty will be part of my journey to improving my musical skills and consequently, my life.+ Read More
All I can say is, WOW! We are so happy that we made the switch to Ms. Marty!
We love Marty. My daughter has been with her 2 1/2 years. There is a special relationship with my daughter and Ms. Marty that I never hear from any other teacher. Respect! I'm speaking of the respect that Ms. Marty shows her students. When she speaks to my daughter she treats her with such respect and kindness. Francesca will always have the skills Marty has taught her and continues growing and blossoming under her tutelage.+ Read More
Marty can guide you go down whatever musical path that interests you. She tells you what you need to do to achieve great quality, but never makes you feel bad if you don't make it.
Instruction is always individualized and positive. She always looks for what you do best and helps you develop your strengths. She works with you to overcome your weaknesses. Taking classes with her is a great pleasure.
I really like Marty, she is a great teacher! We have been with her for over two years and she teaches my two older children. I appreciate that she takes a slightly different approach to each child based on their learning style and personality. She is patient yet demanding with the kids, and flexible with my needs and requests as a parent. It is clear she is knowledgeable and loves piano and music generally.+ Read More
You know all those qualities that make a teacher truly great?
Well, this amazing lady has them in spades!
Marty is equally patient, motivated, and inspiring
I've been taking lessons for a month & a half, and from the start, it's been exciting and challenging and not boring in the least. The level of encouragement and support she provides is phenomenal. I've felt energized after each class, and I know that I've made a lot of progress in just the short time since I started.
I recommend her classes to anyone who wishes to sing, even to people who think they are hopeless cases. I was desperate for a teacher like her because I couldn't sing along to easy pop tunes without wincing and subsiding into horrified silence. And that was when no one else was in earshot.
With Marty's guidance, I've gotten over my fears, and when I listen to music now, I'll sometimes join in with the chorus, and hey! it doesn't sound too bad (if I say so myself). There are times I'll even burst into a singing conversation with my roommate, just like a proper musical!
Marty, thank you for all your help. I rarely write reviews, but you deserve an excellent one.
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.+ Read More
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.
She is a great teacher who has lots of patient with me. Thank you Marty!!
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!!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!!!!!!!!
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.
Best teacher ever
I really enjoy having lesson with Marty. She is really patient and helpful. I feel the improvement in my voice just after a couple lesson. She customize the lessons the fix me. Her exercise is unique and helpful. I totally continue my classes with her
Marty is a great teacher
Marty is very knowledgable about music and singing and gives great instruction. She provides materials to further learning and growth inbetween classes.
Marty is very encouraging and has really pushed me to focus on improvising and I have seen a huge improvement in my chord structures and my ability to transpose. It's very exciting to see the progress so quickly.
Had a good time on the first two lessons. However, I just happen to run into a colleague this week that plays piano at gigs and likes to jam. We had good fit on the first jam session and plan to jam on a regular basis. This is the reason I will no longer have a need for lessons. Thanks, Mike+ Read More
Jaidan's Piano Lessons
I would like to say that Miss Marty is an amazing and caring piano teacher who has done an exceptional job with my son Jaidan. He is learning so much from her!! I was also touched with the care she took in putting the children's recital together. It was well organized and she had such a talented group of children who peformed songs to piano pieces. It was an excellent learning experience for me and my son! She also did a magnificent job with the program announcement in which she added a personal touch by asking parents to send in pictures of their children and a personal message to our child which she put on the program. It was one of those things I will keep forever as a memoir!! Thanks Miss Marty for being so wonderful!!!!
My daughter has really enjoyed Marty and her teaching style. The progress they are making is very impressive. Marty is professional and enthusiastic about her students and her job. We are strongly considering having our 2nd daughter enrolled with Marty due to her passion and ability to reach her students.+ Read More
Marty really grasps the strengths and weaknesses of her students and creates a careful lesson plan attuned to his/her needs. She's an encouraging teacher who makes my love of music grow with each lesson.
We brought out 6 yr old to Marty as she is very interested in piano and singing. Our daughter is very active and Marty had her focused and began at her level with great goals. She respected our daughter, addressed her at her level of understanding and in return expected respect and offered encouragement and set expectations of our daughter as a student. I would hight recommend anyone looking for this type of instruction to consider Marty. She is extremely educated in this field and understands much more than just the "how to" of music.
Excellent Vocal Coach!
Marty is an amazing teacher. She helped me to greatly improve my singing in only 5 lessons! She is a very encouraging and talented instructor. I really enjoyed taking lessons from her.