Welcome to the Lessons page of my site! For nearly 20 years, I have been honing my skills as a teacher and coach of voice, songwriting and guitar. In this time I have made incredible breakthroughs with students, seen people through vast and deep shifts in their lives through the work we've done together and transformed my own relationship to music to be one of empowerment and liberation.  I am a patient, non-judgmental coach and build loving relationships with all of my students.  I weave my inherent strengths as a healer and yoga teacher into my work and will guide you towards expressing the deepest parts of who you are through the music you make.  It is my mission that you are free to be your complete self and am committed to creating a safe, lasting connection with you so that I may be a valuable resource throughout your musical life!


After nearly two decades of devoted study in the performing arts, guitar and singing, composition, technique and expression, I have developed a deeply informed approach to teaching.  Technical skill is as important as creativity and spontaneity, and  we will delve fully into both of these realms of music exploration.   


I work with students who are committed and ready to communicate who they are through their music.   Whether you are 13 or 63, a professional artist or someone searching for healing through the arts, I am ready to guide you to your goals. 

V O I C E  L E S S O N S
G U I T A R  &  S O N G W R I T I N G

I work with professional artists, yoga teachers, beginners, and any people seeking healing and liberation through the intelligent use of the voice.  My methods fuse together principles of singing used in the Western and Indian classical, jazz improvisation, blues, soul and folk styles.  


We will create a unique curriculum designed just for you that addresses your natural strengths and weaknesses and lead you to the goals we set.  Using classical training exercises, mantra, improvisation even recitation of poetry,  you will gain a deeper understanding of your body's own musical instrument. 


I will help you build your power, repertoire, core, refine your diction, pitch, disolve tension and sing from your heart and soul.


My own journey of discovery with my voie has been long and profound. I am on a constant journey of self-discovery through a deep practice of understanding the healthiest and most liberating ways of using my gift of song.  I am in a contract with all my students to keep my own studies alive so that I can continually offer living feedback and support to you. 


I am committed to challenging you in a way that is grounded in patience and love - above all I am committed to your inspiration.  

“If I cannot fly, let me sing.” - Stephen Sondheim

M U S I C A L   H E A L I N G  

You and your voice are not two separate things.  You and your voice are one.  Your voice is your body, is your spirit, is your Truth.


Some of us come to music with a desire to heal.  The power of music and singing to mend deep wounds or to ease physical and emotional tension is proven and real.  


This work is a very special part of what I do! I am also a certified and practicing yoga teacher and often bring these skills into these lessons. 

Please inquire further if you would like to know more. 





  • 60 Minutes: $110  

  • Duos/Bands: $200/hour

  *  During this time of economic crisis, my rates are flexible. If I have room in my schedule, I will happily lower my rate for enthusiastically committed students in need of financial aid.





Teaching guitar is truly one of my favorite things to do in life.  I have been doing it since I was 15!  Back then I showed my students how to play chords and strum, write songs and taught a little music theory. Nowadays, I have a more comprehensive approach for beginner to advanced-intermediate students in developing your love of guitar, technique, repertoire and style, but my top priority in teaching is the same as it was when I was a teenager- have some serious fun.  Whatever your objective is in learning or continuing your education, I will create a path for you that will get you to your goals. 



In working together I will help you:


  • Break through your mental blocks / write with clarity

  • Craft your story lines / themes for lyrics

  • Be more fearless 

  • Write beautiful chord progressions and melody

  • Learn what you need to know about music theory


Songwriting is a very personal and mysterious process, but I can help you navigate your way through to see real progress and growth in your songwriting skills. 


"As a songwriter, if you can touch people and make them feel a little less alone in the world, then you've done your job." -Tom Cochrane



"Just don't give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don't think you can go wrong."

- Ella Fitzgerald

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