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Mary J

Mary is an Actress, Singer, Writer, Teacher, Pianist, Composer, Playwright, Director, Producer, and Novelist. She is a classically trained vocalist who specializes in Musical Theatre, Pop, Jazz, and Country. Her previous voice teachers range from Opera Singers who sing pop for Grammy award winning video games, to (not one but two) Phantoms from Phantom of the Opera and several others of note. She emphasizes vocal health and proper technique with her students. She started her Suzuki piano training at age four and continued for twelve years with the same studio and during those years was recognized at many conferences and national events. Needless to say, she is classically trained, but chooses to use a variety of techniques with her piano students in order to cater to their learning style and interests, while instilling proper technique and a love of music. All of Mary’s students leave with smiles on their faces and a love, understanding, and appreciation for music. Originally from the Boston area, she was an actress in Boston, New York City, and Chicago before moving to San Diego. She started her collegiate training at The Hartt School of Music Dance and Theatre and The Chicago College of Performing Arts where she studied Musical Theatre, and (due to health complications) transferred and completed her training at the University of San Diego and has degrees in both Music and Theatre. She Music Directs at J Company and runs their As One Ensemble, Works as a Music Director and Acting Teacher for Junior Theatre, has a private Voice, Piano, and Acting studio, and is in the process of getting a new musical off the ground and her novels published. Mary believes in catered education; education that is crafted specifically to each person’s strengths and interests in order to fully access one’s potential and has found enormous success with her students in the past. She has helped several of her student’s land roles, win competitions, and get into top institutions/programs for the arts.

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Mary J

San Diego County

  • Voice.
  • Piano.
  • Online Lessons.
  • Music Theory.

Michael M.

Music has always been important in his family’s history. His maternal great-grandmother Lena Thomas played guitar with the Wandering Minstrels in Arkansas back in the 1800s. (photo: 2nd from left) His other grandmother’s (Hazel Harrison) musical roots were tied to Liverpool, England. She was especially proud of a recently popular Beatle named George Harrison. Her being his aunt. Even though not everyone her age was in the Beatle’s Fan Club quite yet, she certainly was. Seems like from then on they always tried to know and memorize Beatle’s trivia, catchy lyrics, and songs. Now, over half a century later, when his family gets together for a reunion (Lena’s side), it’s like a mini Woodstock Festival. His grandfather played guitar and fiddle on the radio with Roy Clark. His mother and her twin sister sang on TV and radio when they were kids. So, raised in a music-loving family moved to perform in front of his family and friends. While his primary love is singing, he began to play piano, organ, clarinet, and guitar from an early age. He learned acoustic guitar first, then got his first electric guitar as a teen. Later, he played rhythm guitar for a local band and fronted it with lead vocals. As an adult, he’s given acoustic guitar lessons to children and adults, both in the USA and in South America. He’s taught British and American English in South America as well. In 2006 and 2007 he spent some time authoring a published book on techniques of hypermiling. Since it was one of the first books of its kind, it was featured on LA’s KTLA news and other stations. He’s created an acoustic guitar playing course (in Spanish) to teach how the guitar works, with simple and advanced techniques, highlighting fundamental and inverted chord building principles without having to read traditional music. Being of baritone vocal range, his singing voice is similar to Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Neil Diamond.

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Michael M.

Riverside County

  • Voice.
  • Piano.
  • Guitar.
  • Online Lessons.
  • Music Theory.

Michael S

Piano, Clarinet, and Saxophone, performer, and instructor with over 27 years of experience. Hundreds of performances with the 296th Army Band in Japan, and Navy Band Southwest: tours all across Japan and the Southwest region of the United States. Performing for dignitaries: diplomats, ambassadors, and high-level military officials at numerous venues such as Japan’s Budokon Hall, Sapporo Snow Festival, Hiroshima, Kobe, Kure, Shimoda, American Consulate in Tijuana, Mexico, Las Vegas. Performed for President Barack Obama on the USS Carl Vinson (2011), and the 60th Anniversary of the Bataan Death March in the Philippines to name a few. Winner of numerous competitions: Paul and Lilian Petri Award Competition, Mu Phi Epsilon woodwind division, honorable mention Oregon Symphony’s Corbett Competition, Concerto performances of Claude Debussy’s “Premiere Rhapsodie” with Portland State University’s orchestra, and Cavallini’s “Adagio and Tarantella” with Naval Band Southwest at the Escondido Performing Arts Center. Winner of the 2008 University of Arkansas Concerto Competition and member of the Armed Forces woodwind quintets, show bands, Dixie and marching bands, needless to say, he does performances on all family of clarinets and saxophones. He is a classically trained pianist of 20 years and often accompanies students in recitals. He has been a Latin pianist for Navy Band Southwest for 2 years. He is a former member of the Portland Youth Philharmonic under Jacob Avshalomov, and Huw Edwards. He did performances with Tito Puente Jr., Miss America 2010 Caressa Cameron, Mike Bogart Tower of Power Trumpet, Manny Cepeda Latin percussionist, Japanese Ground Self Defense Force Bands, Keith Clark conductor, Oliver Mercer Tenor, Brian Jagde Tenor. He is also a proud graduate of the Armed Forces School of Music with an outgoing score of 3.2 “Outstanding”.

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Michael S

San Diego County

  • Piano.
  • Online Lessons.
  • Clarinet.
  • Saxophone.
  • Music Theory.

Steven

Orange County

  • Voice.
  • Piano.
  • Violin.
  • Songwriting.
  • Online Lessons.
  • Cello.
  • Music Theory.