All Ages/Levels/All Popular Styles of Music 

Now Accepting Students for Fall 2019!

  • Offering Private Instruction, Semi-Private Lessons, Workshops and Classes.

  • Lessons Available online! Daria has Taught students worldwide, from Japan to India and all across the US! 

  • All you need is a good connection, microphone and a full-length mirror.



Each singer has a distinct sound, set of goals and needs. The technique I teach is based upon extensive training in Bel Canto and Contemporary Vocal techniques, which helps 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 and share ideas and techniques that I've learned along the way. It's an endless and fascinating journey!

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 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 more rapidly than you ever thought possible. If your goal is to perform, I will help you to develop your own style, build a repertoire of songs and work towards a performance or recital to showcase your talents.

“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.

"Yay Daria! When I was struggling to make it through two (plus) sets of intense vocals, Daria showed me how to focus and saved my voice! Totally enhanced my vocal experience. Thank you!!”  Paul Robinson, Guitarist

Daria has taught internationally and has coached singers who are members of successful Bay Area bands, including 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 (Acapella), Velvy Appleton from Spark & Whisper (Folk) and vocalist Tessa Souter (Jazz).

Vocal training includes studies in classical, jazz and all popular styles. Daria studied with jazz greats Bobby McFerrin and Mark Murphy and trained with Seth Riggs, among others. She studied at SFSU, New College of California, where she earned her B.A. in Humanities/Early Childhood Music Ed and an A.A. in Foreign Languages. 

Daria has taught at the California Jazz Conservatory, Piedmont Piano, College of Marin, Blue Bear School of American Music, The Voice Studio, Marin Theater Company and other locations in the San Francisco Bay Area. Daria is an ArtSmart Mentor, teaching at schools in San Francisco, CA.

Daria teaches private lessons and classes at her Novato, CA studio and travels to homes throughout Marin County.

NOTE: A piano/keyboard is required if Daria visits a student’s home.

Apply these techniques to any style of music: 

  • Learn to mix and connect vocal registers

  • Build vocal power and endurance

  • Learn breathing techniques

  • Strengthen your voice with dynamics – no straining

  • Dramatically increase your range

  • Improve vocal production and articulation

  • Learn lyrical interpretation, phrasing and delivery  

Additional Benefits:

• Build self-confidence

• Improve stage presence and overcome stage fright

• Learn to communicate effectively with your audience

• Learn microphone technique

• Learn to communicate with the band

• Discover your unique sound

• Prepare for auditions (musicals/competitions/jazz choir/college prep)

• Study ear training and basic music theory

• Learn how to improvise

• Learn songs in different languages

• And much more…

Student Video – Paloma Brooks Singing “Black Coffee”

Recorded December 2013 Amy Wigton - Audio & Video Recording and Production Manny LaCarrubba - Mixing and Master Daria - Vocal Production

Paloma Brooks, another longtime student, is currently studying voice and piano in New York City. Here’s a video we recorded many years ago. You can also check out her singing on YouTube here.

So proud of her! I look forward to hearing what she comes up with next!


Student – Matt Galli

Very proud of my longtime student Matt Galli. A gifted vocalist, songwriter and pianist. He performs regularly in the Sacramento area. Check out his website at  www.mattgalli.com

Very proud of my longtime student Matt Galli. A gifted vocalist, songwriter and pianist. He performs regularly in the Sacramento area. Check out his website: www.mattgalli.com


Vocal Tips Hydration

The vocal folds need to be lubricated with a thin layer of mucus in order to vibrate efficiently. The best lubrication can be achieved by drinking plenty of water. Drink at least 6-8 cups of water daily. Caffeine and alcohol pull the water out of your system and deplete the vocal folds of needed lubrication. Caffeinated drinks include coffee, tea, and soft drinks. If you drink any caffeinated beverages, they must be counterbalanced by drinking more water.

Another factor that can affect lubrication is a dry air environment. The cause can be from furnaces, air conditioners, and climates with a low amount of moisture in the air. Using a humidifier at night can compensate for the dryness. The air in airplanes is extremely dry. Also, sitting in you air conditioned car. It’s recommended that you avoid alcohol and caffeine and drink lots of water while flying.

Here’s a gargle recipe: 1/2 tsp. of salt, 6 oz. of warmed, filtered or distilled water. Gargle gently for two minutes. Do not rinse and use as often as necessary to help your dry, irritated throat. In addition, “Singer’s Saving Grace” throat spray is an effective way to help moisturize the vocal folds (follow the directions on the label). I also recommend Gaia Herbs Echinacea, Goldenseal, Propolis throat spray. ’Throat Coat’ Tea is also helpful.