Why do I love to teach?
Who are these
Young singers, 13-19 years of age, who have an amazing voice inside of them and just need some guidance, a little confidence, and a whole lot of, “You’ve got this,” to help that voice emerge.
What is my teaching intention?
Of course, I want you to thrive both technically and artistically. I also want you to have fun. But my ultimate goal is for you to leave each lesson feeling confident about sharing your voice in any venue, be it on stage, in a classroom, or at a university interview. Because when you can stand up and sing, you can do anything.
What do I
Classical repertoire suitable for young voices following (but not limited to) RCM repertoire guidelines as well as Musical Theatre repertoire.
What do you need for an online lesson?
You just need a laptop or tablet, a space where you can sing without distraction and a Skype account.
“Marcia was the perfect combination of vocal teacher and cheer leader in her Masterclass.”
Maria Riedstra, ACL Music, Rosedale Heights School of the Arts, Toronto, ON
“Marcia, You have been such a key figure in my life. Thanks for helping me build up my confidence. I wouldn't be going to the best school in the country if it weren't for you...Don't miss me too much!”
A.H., Age 18,Toronto, ON
“It's been amazing working with you and I'm going to miss you a lot next year. You're the best!”
A.B., Age 18, Toronto, ON
“Not only is Marcia is an amazing vocal teacher, she is also an amazing role model and friend. She cares deeply about the wellbeing of her students and individualizes each lesson to constantly support her students along their vocal journey. She regularly gives feedback and different ways for her students to improve, provides lesson sheets with detailed notes of what was covered in each lesson, and what the student should work on the following week.”
C.D., Age 16, Toronto, ON
“Your support has been invaluable... you've gone above and beyond the call of duty when responding to my panicked, 'I failed!' emails and I am immensely grateful.”
A.S., Age 18, Toronto, ON
includes a shared Google doc with lesson reminders and goals for the week.
includes a shared Google doc with lesson reminders and goals for the week, plus one FREE custom piano track for your current piece - $30 value).
On paper, I am a classically trained singer who has performed professionally with Opera companies and Symphonies across Canada for 15 years. I have apprenticed with L’Atelier Lyrique de L’Opéra de Montréal, and am an alumnus of various young artist programs across Canada. My Vocal Performance Degree is from the University of Manitoba.
I stopped performing because a pocket of air had suddenly appeared in my voice. I had all my top notes. I had all my low notes. But when I sang in the middle, I was a ghost of my former sound, which is how I landed in a doctor’s office for an injection of botox, not in my forehead, but in my vocal cords.
And throughout it all, I taught. My students came to me with their teenage doubts and fears that their voices weren’t enough, and my job was to train them to build confidence, and maintain it, wherever they sang. Even when I didn't feel it myself. Teaching what I needed to learn helped me fill that missing pocket of sound with a brand new voice and a whole lot of gratitude.
It gives me immense joy to see the progress of my students, and to know that they receive more than just singing lessons, as one of my long-time students said:
"Not only is Marcia an amazing vocal teacher, she is also an amazing role model and friend. She cares deeply about the wellbeing of her students and individualizes each lesson to constantly support her students along their vocal journey.”
“Marcia, as always, your blog reads like a thriller. Jesus. The things the desire to return to our voice makes us do. I identify 100%.”
Mezzo Soprano, Associate Dean and Professor of Voice at Wilfrid Laurier University
Kitchener, ON, Canada
“Every singer, coach and teacher would benefit greatly from the generous contributions of this extraordinary host.”
Baritone, BMUS, MMUS, Faculty Manhattan School of Music
New York, NY, USA
“I went back and listened to the whole thing all over again. Wow - Thank you so much for sharing your journey Marcia!”
Toronto, ON, Canada
Singers Overcoming Setbacks
I know what it’s like to go from green rooms to waiting rooms; how it feels to lose your identity in one scope with the E.N.T. And, I know what it takes to get it back.
Now, it’s all about you. Tell me your story. And gain value from mine.
What is it?
A conversation between two singers; One who’s been there, and another who’s right in the middle of a super scary, what-the-hell-am-I-going-to-do-next, singing career crisis.
Who is it for?
Professional singers who need to talk about the vocal issues that everyone is too afraid to talk about. And then, make a plan for what to do next.
Music grads who are ready to take a risk and use their voices in a new way.
Why I created S.O.S. sessions
While I did have a team of professionals to guide me through Muscle Tension Dysphonia, I craved someone like “me” to talk to. Someone who had been in my shoes and could help me save time and money by asking the right questions from the start.