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

Your voice is the messenger of your truth.  If you have a desire or a need to communicate your truth out loud in a way that feels good, these lessons will be a good fit for you. In these co-created, one-on-one lessons, you will develop and refine vocal techniques that support the empowered and liberated use of your voice. You will learn a mixture of techniques, warm-ups and melodies that inspire the confidence to sing freely and without restraint. You will study breath control, resonance, vowels and tongue placement, dynamics, vocal health, and singing as a healing practice. 


I am an experienced guide through the complex waters of vocal development, having taught for nearly 2 decades. I view the process of learning how to sing as a path of learning to be at ease with oneself. As a teacher, my main objective is in empowering people with the skills they need to use their unique voices to sing, and speak their truth with power, beauty and wisdom. I use a combination of western-classical, Iranian-classical, and Indian-classical techniques and theories to lead my students to vocal healing and liberation. I have learned Western classical technique from baritone Zachary Gordin and study traditional Iranian vocal arts with Mahsa Vahdat.

My students are songwriters, performers, actors, teachers, gentle souls and power houses. I work with teens, parents, young creatives, elder geniuses and seekers of all types. If you are deeply committed to music, are ready to prioritize your voice, and looking for a guiding hand, I’d love to hear from you!

“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, your music, 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. 


"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


Instruments become our friends. They support us through difficult times, they give us purpose and direction, they challenge us to grow, and they sing our songs back to us in real time. The guitar can be a companion, a guide, a cowriter. These lessons are for those of you who are already comfortable with the basic basics, want to write or have written songs and want more skills and tools to accompany your songs as you sing them. (*I am currently not taking brand new beginner guitar students.)


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 with your poetry

  • 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




(Lessons are offered on a sliding scale and are one hour long.)

Redistributor: $120

This rate is for those whose financial needs are more than met and who have easy access to expendable income. By paying this rate, you are supporting me and other students who can't pay my full rate. 

Payer Forward: $100

This is my full rate and I ask people to pay as close to this amount as you can, so that I can earn a living wage. 

This rate is for those whose financial needs are always met, but for whom expendable income is not always in easy supply. 

Sustainer: $85

This rate is for those who have limited expendable income, but whose essential needs are met. Maybe you have unstable employment, but housing, food, healthcare, childcare is still covered.

Pay-What-You-Can: $30-$60

For people who are experiencing true financial hardship or who are truly struggling to meet financial need, I offer a couple time slots a month at this rate. It is important for all of us to experience the liberation that is possible through the arts, regardless of financial resource. This rate is prioritized for those who identify as Black, Indigenous, Persons of Color, trans women and trans femmes. 


Thank you to my friend, teacher and musician, Eli Conley, for creating this structure for sliding scale rates. 



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