Patricia Merrill

Patricia M.

11 Reviews
San Pedro, CA

About Patricia M.

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Patricia teaches: Ages 5 to 80
Teaching since: March 1960
Last sign in: Yesterday
Average response time: Less than 1 hour


As a child I watched from the doorway as my older sister took her piano lessons. From that experience I taught myself to play the piano. My formal training came in college where I received my BA in Applied Music in piano and voice. I studied classical music and opera from a visiting professor from Peabody Conservatory, Baltimore MD. I graduated with honors and gave my Town Hall performance in the Spring of my Senior year. I had a passionate desire to be involved in music, to hear it and to perform it. I spent several years singing with the San Diego Opera Company, performing lead roles in Musical Theater and soloing in concerts from Monterrey to San Diego, CA. While still a student in college, I taught piano to children from the local community, so I have accumulated decades of teaching experience. Nothing brings me greater pleasure than to see individuals "blossom" into their creative selves. Whether it is for a student's own enjoyment, audition preparation, recital performance or ongoing piano or voice development, I am committed to engaging you in an experience of learning and fun. It may be the biggest thrill of your lifetime!

*** Lesson Details ***
I love to have fun. For me, learning is a great source of fun. My goal is to make the process of your learning music fun while effective. I do have high standards for participation. I do not ask anything of you that I haven't done myself. I know, from many years of experience in performing and teaching, what it takes to make progress in a learning curve, Are you excited? Are you dedicated? Are you willing to jump in and get busy? I will give you the foundation of theory and technique to support your performance. I will expand your understanding and appreciation for music in its many styles and formats. No every other week or schedule as you go lessons, please. 

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room - Steinway piano, cathedral ceilings ... good acoustics.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Must have piano or quality keyboard. I definitely prefer piano.

*** Specialties ***
I was trained classically in both piano and voice, but spent many years in musical theater and singing in supper clubs, as well. I am capable of teaching most styles of piano and voice except rock and rap.

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Directed a program of fine art instruction including drawing, tone and color study, water color, pastel painting, oil painting. In charge of marketing and enrolling new students as well as ordering and maintaining supplies for use and sale in the studio. Responsible for framing and displaying student"s work in display window and studio interior. I taught as many as 60 students a week.

Actor, Model, Soloist, Performer in Musical Theater, Radio producer and host of my own show Sep 1975 - Sep 1995
I was contracted by the San Diego Opera Company and many others during my performing career

I began performing in musical theater at the age of four, and continued for most of my adult life. I was also a professional church soloist for 20 years and did many concerts during that time. I have taught piano and voice almost my entire adult life.


BA Applied Music in Piano and Voice Sep 1958 - Jun 1962
Hood College for Women
BA - Applied Music in Piano and Voice Sep 1958 - Jun 1962
Hood College for Women
BA Applied Music: Piano & Voice - Departmental Honors Sep 1958 - May 1962
Hood College for Women

Languages Spoken

SPAMISH Professional Proficiency


Diploma in Computer Graphics Jun 1996
Platt College

Was awarded a designation of Alpha Beta Kappa. the highest academic achievement award for the Computer Graphics Industry.


Best of San Pedro - PMD PAtricia Merrill Designs and Fine Art - 2014 Apr 2014
San Pedro Award Program - San Pedro, CA
Best 0f 2013 - PMD ~ Patricia Merrill Designs and Fine art Jan 2014
San Pedro Award Program - San Pedro, CA


Music Teachers National Association Mar 2015

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11 Reviews on Patricia M.

Cj R. Feb 12, 2015
Broadway Singing · In studio
i recently came out of an audition and I sang my musical pieces better than I've ever done them before! The auditioner sat me down at the end and said he loves my voice. He said, based on how much he liked my pieces and how well I did that he would like to extend an early invitation for callbacks for the program! I really have Patricia to thank for that. She has helped me improve my voice by leaps and bounds in the time that i have been working with her and its amazing to get such immediate and rewarding results. I CAN NOT THANK PATRICIA ENOUGH! SHE COULD NOT HAVE PREPARED ME ANY BETTER AND IM SO GRATEFUL THAT I GET TO WORK WITH HER!!
Narumi N. Nov 24, 2014
Vocal Training · In studio
Verified Student
She is great! It will be my 5th lesson with her tomorrow, but she has already gave me confidence in singing (at least I can get my voice out more than before without shame), being patient with me, very informative, and gives great advises.
I originally took her lesson because I had an audition for Christmas Carol, and I wanted to at least go over the song I was going to use. Instead, she gave me another song to sing for the audition. I have never been able to get in a show where singing is the main dish; however, after her advise with the new song, I was thrilled to see an email from the casting director when I was chosen to be in the show! I can never thank enough her for this. :D
Khristen V. Sep 11, 2014
Audition Prep · In home
Verified Student
We are so very fortunate to have had Patricia work with our daughter. She was very helpful on many levels. Patricia was able to help my daughter decide on what roles best suit her. She picked up on her strengths and motivated her to work on her weakness. My daughter was in awe with how much experience Patricia has in Broadway and truly enjoyed working her. Patricia was always prompt and really gave her all in each session. We really enjoyed having her around while working with our daughter.
Thank you Patricia for all your help! Lauren had her audition tonight and she is very confident. We will let you know how she did next week!!
Megan D. May 14, 2014
Verified Student

I am so lucky to have stumbled onto this site and found Patricia. She is everything I could have asked for in a piano instructor. I started lessons as an adult beginner and have really learned a lot since I've started. Patricia has shown so much patience and she also makes each lesson fun. She constructs the lessons to my pace and skill level but also pushes me and challenges me to do my best. I'm looking forward to having many more lessons with Patricia!
Karen L. Oct 29, 2013
Broadway Singing
Verified Student
Patricia is a wonderful teacher.

Patricia is an amazing teacher. She is patient, kind and extremely knowledgable when it comes to music. My daughter is learning so much and loves going to her lessons every week. We were so lucky to have discovered Patricia!
SierraD Jul 7, 2012

Patricia is a great teacher. She is very instructive and explains things very well. She is a patient and friendly woman. She paces her lessons very well and never overwhelms her students. I would definitely recommend her.
JessicaH Dec 30, 2011

Patricia greatly helped me with my vocal foundation and she was always very supportive. I would recommend her to anyone!
AngieS2 Oct 22, 2011
Patricia is Awesome!!!

Taking lessons with Patricia is a very motivating experience. She always pushes me to do my best. She is an inspiring person. She has a drive that sets a bar at each lesson. I always look forward to my time with her and appreciate her knowledge.
VaishaliS May 22, 2011
Singing student

I love Patricia. She is knowledgeable,talented, patient, warm,caring, honest with you to help you improve, hard-working, and just a great teacher!
KayS Dec 14, 2010
i really like patricia because she asks what you are looking for and really sticks to it so that ia do not feel pressured to do anything that i do not want to do...i am very satisfied with this arrangement