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Mary D.
Trabuco Canyon, California
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Music Theater Vocal training, audition prep, acting in song, monologue coaching, preparation for high school and college auditions, contemporary and pop singing styles.
About Mary D.

My name is Mary and I have been teaching piano, voice, violin, and music theory for more than 35 years. I have an undergraduate degree in music, a masters degree in special education, and a doctoral degree in education. I am a professional musical director and have directed over 50 shows.  I am also a music therapist and I have special skills in teaching instruments to children with special needs. I love working with kids! Musical theater is my specialty and if you are a singer I can help you belt your way to Broadway! *** Lesson Details *** I teach lessons in my home studio, at your home, and online. Every 3 months I host a student recital at my home studio. Students may choose to play a solo, duet, or be in a small group number with other students. I offer a fun, no-stress approach to learning music! *** Studio Equipment *** Grand piano, violin, computer, keyboard, 1/4 violin for young children *** Specialties *** Piano, Voice, Violin, Music Theory For piano I specialize in working with young children- Music for Little Mozarts (ages 4-6), Prep Course (ages 5-7) and Older beginners (ages 8 and up). I also teach intermediate to early advanced level classical piano. Violin- I teach Suzuki Method (beginners through Book 7) to students age 5 and up. I also teach intermediate and early advanced classical styles. Voice- I offer Music Theater Vocal training, audition prep, acting in song, monologue coaching, preparation for high school and college auditions, contemporary and pop singing styles. Music Theory-Beginners through AP Music Theory class level, keyboard skills are also taught in conjunction with music theory instruction.


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I was very happy with Mary’s lesson. I only did one so far, but I was impressed with her talent, her skill, and her methods. She’s great! I definitely recommend using Mary as your violin teacher.

Posted Jun 5, 2020
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Merry is the best teacher we love her

Posted Jul 27, 2019
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first piano class, a "10"

Posted Feb 12, 2019

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Music Therapist
Jan 2001 - Present
Sound Birthing Music
Provides music therapy services for babies and families; provides continuing education training for music therapists and birth professionals.
Music Teacher
Sep 1996 - Present
Dove Canyon Music Lessons
Doctor of Education
Sep 1995 - Dec 1999
Pepperdine University
Masters Degree in Special Education
May 1991 - Jun 1994
California State University Long Beach
Bachelor of Fine Arts Music Therapy
Jun 1984 - Aug 1989
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Limited Proficiency
Educational Therapist
Apr 2016
Association of Educational Therapy
I am an Educational Therapist at the Professional level.
Board Certified Music Therapist
Dec 1990
Certification Board for Music Therapists
I am a Music Therapist-Board Certified and I have served a five year term on the Certification Board for Music Therapy National Executive Board and the Certification Exam Committee for two terms.
Professional Practice Award
Mar 2001
Western Region of The American Music Therapy Association
American Music Therapy Association
Dec 1990
AMTA's purpose is the progressive development of the therapeutic use of music in rehabilitation, special education, and community settings. Predecessors, unified in 1998, included the National Association for Music Therapy founded in 1950 and the American Association for Music Therapy founded in 1971. AMTA is committed to the advancement of education, training, professional standards, credentials, and research in support of the music therapy profession.
Certification Board for Music Therapists
Jan 1990
The mission of the Certification Board for Music Therapists is to ensure a standard of excellence in the development, implementation, and promotion of an accredited certification program for safe and competent music therapy practice

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