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Mary W.
Medford, New Jersey
Best advice from beginning. Go with feeling, not sound.
I teach breathing, posture, personal written vocalises (exercises) to assist you in your goals . Tone, range, all aspects covered. You are welcome to pick music you like and I will coach you to sing better. You also have opportunities to perform as I have optional group lessons/Masterclasses every 6-8 weeks for both adults as well as groups for teens and K-8. The voice is a wonderful instrument especially as no two voices sound alike. It is you personally. Everyone can sing, promise.
About Mary W.

Music degree from Lawrence University and Conservatory in Appleton, WI. Graduate work in conducting, piano, and vocal pedagogy at Westminster Choir College in Princeton. Also certified in Kindermusik for ages newborn to 7. My studio, since 1993 is located in the back of my house and is in a family friendly location. As my education originally was music education, elementary and secondary, I have gone on to be certified in teaching adults, both beginning and returning. There is so much piano and vocal educational material geared to the pre-school, the elementary, Jr-Sr high and Adult beginner and I promise we will have fun while learning..... Anyone can learn an instrument and anyone can learn many different styles. Lessons will be geared toward your interests and goals, which we can work on at your lesson also. The greatest virtues of a music teacher are passion, patience, understanding, and communicating. You will experience this in the studio. Give yourself a treat of two months of lessons and I promise you will be playing and/or singing better than you expected. Member of MTNA (Music Teachers National Association), NFMC (National Federation of Music Clubs), NJFMC (NJ Fed. of Music Clubs). MENC (Music Ed National Conference), *** Lesson Details *** I am generally easy going and laid-back and will work with you to obtain specific goals such as a piece you would really like to learn. I can be strict if assignments are not followed or if there is no progression; we need to analyze why that is. I use many teaching methods as there are many different learning styles. The series I am currently using are Faber, Alfred, and Celebrate Piano! for pianists. Many singers are in Broadway, Disney, and/or English Reliquary and Italian Arias. There are so many wonderful choices! I can guarantee after three months you will be playing some music you like, and you will be reading music, and able to perform if you wish (starting small). With singing you will have basic knowledge of proper posture, breathing, and increased range. I also so enjoy people and communicating so you will feel comfortable taking lessons, and I believe that is one major factor of success in learning an instrument: the student-teacher relationship And second for children, especially the young, is the parent-teacher relationship . *** Studio Equipment *** Studio: Yamaha baby grand piano, Kawaii studio upright and keyboard, Yamaha keyboard, recording abilities, computer software, couch and two chairs, parents can sit in on lesson. Also have computer programs for note learning, composition, as well as giving you apps to download. *** Specialties *** Different methods for different students. Piano: mostly Faber and Alfred series. "Prodigy": Aaron/Thompson series. I've also had graduate study in teaching the Adult Beginner! As I was a church music director 1994 till 2015, I am very familiar with traditional and contemporary sacred music, learning and performing. Now this is my full-time career! If you also wish to combine singing and accompanying yourself on piano or guitar lessons can be tailored.

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I take both piano and voice with Mary. She is a great teacher and makes learning fun, we have some great laughing/smiling moments while learning. She is perceptive and encouraging. Mary definitely has corrected some vocal glitches I had when I first started with her that previous teachers were not able to help with. Elizabeth

Posted Sep 9, 2022
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Mary is so kind and encouraging.

Posted Mar 12, 2021
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I enjoyed learning guitar for the first time with Mary. She is funny and very encouraging. I highly recommend her as a teacher specially for those who think they cannot do it. She is a great teacher overall.

Posted Feb 12, 2021
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Director of Music
Jun 1990 - Jul 2016
Holy Eucharist Church, Lord of Life, and 4 others
Full-time including private music lessons, youth choir, funeral choir, contemporary choir, Adult choir of 57 members including high school students that toured Italy, Germany and Austria, including performances with the main event performing as the Papal Choir for John Paul II. I personally performed solo opera pieces as well.
Adult piano certification/license
Jun 2010 - Aug 2010
Westminster choir college (rider)
Bachelor's Degree Music & Political Science
Sep 1979 - Jun 1983
Lawrence University & Conservatory, Appleton, WI
kimdermusik certification
Dec 2008
kimdermusik
online courses and testing to be certified as a kindermusik teacher. Classes may begin with newborns and parent/grandparent/ may continue through age . Classes included musical bonding, knowledge of several learning styles, memorization of many games and music stories geared to age brackets 1-18 months, 18 months -3, etc. as well as the many benefits of music education, even at the newborn level. a wonderful program and much of this knowledge is invaluable for teaching/ introducing all levels, styles, and ages to music
Kindermusik
Jan 2006
Kindermusik
Wonderful program for children newborn through age 5. Ages 3 and under have a parent or guardian along for the fun.
International conducting award
Feb 1995
Peters way
National Association of Teachers of Singing
Sep 2013
Founded in 1944, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Inc. (NATS) is the largest professional association of teachers of singing in the world with more than 7,000 members worldwide.
Music Teachers National Association
Jan 2010
The MTNA was founded in 1876 with the goal of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.
National Association for Music Education
Sep 1983
Founded in 1907, NAfME is among the world’s largest arts education organizations. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers.

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Instructor details
Singing
Teaches 6 subjects. Different subject may have different prices.
Teacher's Studio
Teacher's Studio
SEE MAP
oak dr
Teaches Online
Teaches Online
Work hours
M
T
W
T
F
S
S
Times are shown in your local timezone (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Pricing
30 minutes
$37
45 minutes
$51
60 minutes
$61
New Student Special
First 3 lessons
$30
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