Susan P., Director, YES Theater
As an aging singer, I began to struggle with difficulties in voice production such as breath control, tension and anxiety. It was Monica who introduced me to the Alexander Technique and philosophy as a way of overcoming habitual patterns that interfered with the freedom of vocal production.
During our hands-on lessons, she asked me not to help make the movements nor to anticipate what she was doing. She communicated through touch combined with verbal directions, verbal explanations and feedback.
I continue to be amazed at how the gentle instructions and touch reduced the tension in my body and jaw. I am becoming convinced that making the Alexander Technique an integral part of my voice lessons will help me become a more confident performer.”
Gina M., Berkeley
-Photo by Fred Deneau/Novato Theater Co.
Student Mark Kupke, a bass-baritone, likes to cross over from opera to Bocelli-style pop repertoire.
Her bottomless store of knowledge of vocal technique, her open-hearted style and her passion for music and performing have helped me to gradually hone my voice as a musical instrument; and her inclusion of the Alexander Technique has also helped greatly in tuning my body as the container for that instrument. I could not have done this without her ability to continually tailor her instruction to my way of functioning and being.
I happened to strike gold when I was looking for a voice teacher and found her years ago!”
Mark K., Santa Rosa
Monica’s brightness, cheer and encouragement made all the difference. She helped me understand my voice as a physical instrument, what it can do and how I can use my whole body to support my singing.
Terrified but determined I tackled my first recital and lo and behold, I lived through it and found my public voice once again. Second year recital: I faltered but carried on and found out how to stumble, fall and get back up again.
Third year: I somehow landed the role of Golde in “Fiddler on the Roof.” This experience was one of the highlights of my adult life.
I owe a huge debt of gratitude to Monica for her teaching style, technique, encouragement and unwavering commitment to ANY voice, no matter its quality or range. My song isn’t just in my heart anymore, which is good, because now there’s more room in there for Monica.”
Kim B., San Rafael
Monica’s gentle, warm, yet musically solid approach to teaching a youngster, encouraged and endeared my grand-daughter to the joy of singing and performing.”
Monica is a truly gifted teacher. I highly recommend her to anyone wanting to improve vocal technique for singing or speaking, gain confidence performing and to find more freedom and fluidity while playing an instrument.”
Karen W., San Rafael
Monica helped me develop good posture habits and really helped me see clearly what I needed to do to open up my voice.
She was always positive, fun, and clear with what I needed to do. She was always ready to try something different if her first approach wasn’t working for me. She pushed me to try things but always made me feel supported.
I feel like I made great strides in my singing and became much more confident. While I never had considered myself a singer, I am now given extra parts to sing in shows, and that is due to her patience and guidance!”
Abby G., Novato
A generous collaborator, I could depend on Monica not to get derailed by edits, technical difficulties and reworkings of the musical portions of the performance and to keep an eye on a cohesive vision of the play.
It was my complete privilege and joy to work with her.”
Amy S., Tamalpais High School Drama Director/Instructor
Kaitlin Q., Mill Valley
With adults, Monica’s ability to collaborate with the director to bring out the best in everyone involved is done with such polish and ease that it is masterfully executed. Her pleasant, upbeat personality is nicely balanced with a sense of discipline and organization.
So much gets accomplished!! Our students love working with her and our directors do too.”
Susan B., Tamalpais High School Drama Instructor/Director
Monica is patient with new singers, giving them the skills to be successful, and can get refined performances from accomplished musicians.
All of her students learn to sing in a more relaxed, healthy way.”
Julianna R., Tamalpais High School Drama Director/Instructor