Lessons

Mary always made me feel comfortable singing. Since I was a beginner, she gave me a lot of exercises to do outside our lessons to continue to strengthen my voice. In the few lessons we had, she gave me a lot to think about and I definitely learned a lot already and feel a lot more confident with my voice and, using what she taught me, I know my voice will keep growing!
— Nicole-Age 19
Mary was a fantastic teacher to my somewhat shy awkward son. Encouraging and enthusiastic, she helped him with singing, confidence and prepping for his audition. Thx!
— Meg B- mother of 15 year old son
I really enjoyed the time we spent. Mary made the lesson fun and passed on a lot of information.
— Lynda C-Acting Student
Mary has a wide range of repertoire and technical knowledge that will help any singer pursing musical theater, opera or oratorio. She is wonderfully encouraging and inspires every student she comes in contact with! Highly recommend.
— Colleague and NYC Voice Instructor

Mary-Alexandra Onstad has been teaching private voice instruction since 2006 in both the Northern Virginia area and New England region. She teaches a wide range of genres including but not limited to Classical Voice( including opera and art song) Musical Theater, and Jazz and teaches ages 5-99. During her studies she has also had the opportunity to perform throughout the community in opera and art song outreach to nursing homes, schools, hospitals and more educating individuals on opera practices. Below is some information but if you have any questions please don't hesitate to email. She would love to hear from you and hope you consider studying voice. Besides running her own private studio she teaches private voice and beginning piano at North End Music and Performing Arts Center in the North End, Boston( NEMPAC). 

 

Credentials:

New England Conservatory of Music graduate with over 15 years of teaching and performing experience in both the U.S and Europe. Performance experience ranges from straight theater, Musical Theater to Opera, Art Song, Choral and Special Events. 

 

Areas of Study:

Classical Voice- Art Song, Oratorio and Opera

Musical Theater and Jazz

Audition Techniques

Acting for the Singer

Acting Techniques

Singing for the Actor

 

Information

When will I pay for my lessons?

All fees for the month are due and payable in advance at the first lesson of the month. Please have your payment ready at the beginning of the lesson unless prior arrangements have been made.  Payment can be made via check, credit card via square or cash.

            One hour lesson= 45$

            45 minute lesson= 35$

            30 minute lesson= 25$

 

*I recommend beginner students to start out with 30-minute lessons and work up from there.

 

How many lessons per month will I have?

The normal amount of lessons is one lesson per week. If you feel that is not possible we can discuss a different arrangement.  If you would like to take more than once a week that is also possible to make arrangements for.

 

What if I need to miss a lesson?

Please remember that you are reserving a weekly or bi-weekly lesson spot but if you need to be gone for any reason please let me know in advance.  I have a 24-hour cancellation policy. Please call with your name and reason for absence. If I don’t get 24 hour notice then the lesson will be charged in full, if you know in advance we can discuss a makeup lesson at a later date.

 

What if the studio needs to close?

We will not have lessons during government holidays or if school or offices are closed due to weather related incidents. If I need to be gone due to illness, vacation or other singing related activities then this lesson will be made up at a later date.

 

What I except out of you as a student?

Please come to your lessons ready to learn and have fun. Materials that you will need to bring are a small notebook, pencil to take notes with and any music or music books or related materials either purchased by you or provided by myself. I also recommend bringing some type of recording device, as it is really helpful to go back and listen to what we worked on as well as listen to how you are progressing in your lessons.  Please be on time for your lesson. If you are going to be late please let me know as soon as possible but please remember that we will only work the remaining time of the lesson. I hope that you will come to each lesson prepared with any new music that I have given you. Practice is just as important as the lesson you are taking.

 

What to except out of me as your  instructor?

I will make sure to challenge you as a student giving you as much knowledge as I know possible. If you ask a question and I don’t know it I will make sure to go out of my way to find that information for you. I try to incorporate as many different types of music into your lessons but will also be respectful of what you what to learn during your time. I want to make sure that you not only learn the foundations of singing but also enjoy yourself and have fun while doing it.