PRIVATE AND GROUP INSTRUCTION AVAILABLE
LEARN ALL POPULAR STYLES OF MUSIC INCLUDING POP, JAZZ, ROCK, R&B, LATIN, BLUES AND MORE!
STRENGTHEN YOUR VOCAL POWER AND BUILD SELF CONFIDENCE!
ALL AGES AND LEVELS WELCOME!
DARIA HAS EXTENSIVE TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE IN HEALTHY, CONTEMPORARY TECHNIQUES OF SINGING, PERFORMANCE AND STYLE.
• Strengthen your vocal power and build self confidence
• Study powerful breathing techniques
• Improve stage presence and learn to overcome stage fright
• Learn vocal production and articulation
• Practice vocal exercises that strengthen your voice without straining
• Discover your range
• Create your own style
• Learn lyrical interpretation, phrasing, delivery and stage presence
• Develop microphone technique
• Study ear training and basic music theory
• Learn how to improvise
• Study songs in different languages
• And more…
Whether you have a lot of singing experience or none, you can learn to sing with ease through the breaks in your voice. Blocks that you may have developed over the years can melt away. Proper vocal training you will open up a whole new world. It will strengthen your singing and speaking voice and give you the tools to develop good habits. As a result, you will gain a smooth connection between registers, improve pitch and tone, increase range, gain flexibility, agility and endurance.” If you apply the principles I teach, you will progress much more rapidly than you ever thought possible and will gain confidence.”
If your goal is to perform, Daria will help you to create your own style, build a repertoire of songs and work towards a performance or recital to showcase your achievements.
If you are a professional vocalist and want to brush up on your skills, she will tailor the lessons to specifically fit your needs. Whether you are a beginner or a professional, she will teach you how to approach the breaks in your voice so you can sing with ease.
Above all, singing is enjoyable, so have fun!
Each singer has a distinct sound, set of goals and needs. The technique I teach is based on extensive training in Bel Canto, Speech Level and Contemporary singing methods which help vocalists learn to sing with ease and freedom. I strive to inspire, instill confidence and give students the tools they need to develop their own individual style and artistry as performers.
Singing is my passion and I love performing, recording and sharing my music with audiences. Teaching gives me an opportunity to encourage others, share ideas and techniques that I’ve learned along the way. It’s an endless and fascinating journey!
“Daria knows how to work with a wide range of students and keep it fun. Her extensive knowledge and experience make her one of the best teachers I have ever worked with. After many years of not singing, I have my 3 1/2 octave range back, and I am finding new strength and flexibility. The workshops that she offers give students practical singing experience and a chance to learn by performing with working musicians, as well as promoting a camaraderie among her students.” – April P.
“Daria is a great vocal instructor. I am currently 16 years old and in the 4 years that I took lessons from Daria, my vocal technique, repertoire, confidence, and singing ability improved exponentially. Daria is an expert at singing and anyone who is interested in improving their ability as a vocalist should strongly consider taking lessons from her. When I first began taking lessons from Daria, I was only singing rock and pop. Daria, since then, has introduced me to blues and jazz as well. Now, I love all genres of music and have a personal gratitude toward each of them. Daria has been a huge part of my musical development in the last 4 years. I’m a much better vocalist as a result.” – Matt G.
“Daria is an extraordinary performer and a gifted teacher. Having been wowed by her performances, I finally took the plunge and hired her as a voice instructor. I was impressed with her depth of knowledge and her ability to put me at ease while encouraging me to expand my comfort zone!” – Kathleen Simmons, Business owner
“Daria is an amazing voice teacher. She uses a proven technique and is wonderfully supportive and creative. I recommend her highly.” – Angharad Jones, Vocalist/Actress
“I’m so very grateful to study with Daria and I participate as often as I can in her workshops. Daria is very perceptive and evaluated my strengths and weaknesses quickly so that we could use her exercises to help me sing with a healthy voice. I can now control my vibrato and sing straight tones. She helped me get my breathing under control. I’m learning to sing with a balanced voice — I always had my head voice but now I have my low notes back and I’m learning to use my chest voice. I’m strengthening my mix and I actually know what all of this means! Daria can teach any style of music and has inspired me to find my own original style! I’ve learned how to sing in different languages, mic technique, how to work with bass, guitar and piano accompanists, how to count off tunes and how to overcome stage fright. Each week I can’t wait until my voice lesson and the next breakthrough! I’m having so much fun!” – Elizabeth P
“We worked on the beginnings of getting my voice to resonate in my face, rather that “muscle-ing” it from my chest. Also, Daria used techniques to reduce the air flow in my mouth. Like magic, it reduces the diphonia. NOW, to practice the new techniques from Daria…It is a whole new way to sing for me, but I trust Daria to lead me to healthier singing. My voice is stronger and my range has expanded. I am careful to rest my voice and sip plenty of water. Thank you again for helping me rebuild my voice.”- Tim Long, Lead Vocalist, The Role Models
Daria is an acclaimed recording artist, touring musician, songwriter and educator. She has a B.A. from New College of California. Her vocal training includes studies in classical, jazz and pop styles. She studied with jazz greats Bobby McFerrin and Mark Murphy and trained with Seth Riggs. Daria has taught at California Jazz Conservatory, College of Marin, Blue School of American Music, Marin Theater Company and Piedmont Piano Co. She has coached singers who are members of successful bands including Bammie award winners, Avance (Salsa), Creeper Lagoon (Rock), on Steven Spielberg’s Dreamworks label, the Grammy Choir and Martine (Bay TV and Mornings on 2, KTVU),Til’ Dawn, Velvy Appleton from Spark & Whisper (Folk) and Jazz Vocalist, Tessa Souter. She has performed at clubs and festivals internationally, including L.A., NYC, Japan, Brussels, Montreux and Berlin. Daria has shared the stage with Bob Dorough, Ricki Lee Jones, Diana Krall, Bonnie Raitt, Elvis Costello, Dan Hicks, Tuck and Patti, Dave Grisman, Maria Muldaur, Joe Sample, Jose Neto, Marcos Silva, Harvey Wainapel, Wayne Wallace, Frank Martin and Alex Acuna among many others. She was a member of the female 30’s/40’s accapella trio, Dangerous Divas. Daria toured and recorded for 10 years with the legendary Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks. Her latest, CD “Strawberry Fields Forever, Songs by the Beatles” was released on Origin/OA2 Records in April 2016.
Lessons available on Skype!