DARiA

Jazz Vocalist/Recording Artist/Educator

TEACHING

 

DARIA is now accepting private students for Winter 2018!

Gift Certificates Available!

SKYPE lessons available for students worldwide! All you need is a computer, Skype connection (free!) and a full length mirror. 

 

Daria directs the MARIN HARMONY ACCAPELLA CHORUS

Specializing in do-wop, pop and jazz arrangements.
Marin Harmony has been in existence for 16 years, formerly known as Urban Harmony. The group was founded by Ed Cohn of the Edlos and previously directed by Rebecca Jones. A prize-winning contestant at the Marin County Fair in 2010, Marin Harmony is a fun loving community who brings joyous entertainment to families, friends, retirement communities and to each other. The chorus meets every Monday night 7:15-9:15 at Resurrection Lutheran Church.

For more info about joining the chorus contact DARIA

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NEW !

MARIN WOMEN’S VOCAL HARMONY COLLECTIVE

3-4 part harmonies for treble voices
Sung A cappella
Jazz/Pop Repertoire
Alternate Tues or Thurs evenings TBA!
7pm-8:15pm
(singers must have good pitch, rhythm, some reading skills helpful (but not required.)

Dues $35 per month
Includes materials
Rehearsal location:TBA

Minimum of 8 singers

Contact  DARIA

 

UPCOMING CLASSES/WORKSHOPS 2018

SCROLL DOWN PAGE FOR MORE INFO ON THESE CLASSES!

 

SUN. FEB. 18TH - 1PM-4PM Cancelled .... new date in March TBA!

MONTHLY SINGER'S PERFORMANCE SALON

With Pianist, Anne Sajdera

This month we'll be focusing on Jazz and Brazilian music

NOVATO, CA STUDIO

CLICK TO REGISTER NOW!

To get on the waitlist for the next one, contact DARIA

 

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!

SUN. FEB 25TH - 11-3PM

PERFORMANCE SKILLS FOR SINGER-SONGWRITERS & VOCALISTS

We have 2 Spaces now open! This workshop is filling quickly! 

REGISTER NOW!

Building a Bridge Between Yourself & Your Audience

Intermediate – Professional – All Styles

With Lua Hadar and Daria

NOVATO, CA STUDIO

 

THIS SPRING DARIA RETURNS TO TEACH AT COLLEGE OF MARIN, KENTFIELD AND THE CALIFORNIA JAZZ CONSERVATORY IN BERKELEY!

 

SATS APRIL 7TH - MAY 12TH 10AM-NOON (6 wks)

JAZZ/POP VOCAL PERFORMANCE WITH PIANO ACCOMPANIMENT

COLLEGE OF MARIN, KENTFIELD

REGISTRATION TBA!

 

THURS. APRIL 12TH - JUNE 21ST 8:15PM - 9:45PM (10 wks)

JAZZ DUETS - BASS AND VOICE PERFORMANCE CLASS

WITH DARIA AND BASSIST ALEX BAUM

CALIFORNIA JAZZ CONSERVATORY

REGISTRATION TBA!

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MONTHLY VOCAL TIPS

FEBRUARY - STAGE FRIGHT

Here are my 5 steps for reducing fear and performance anxiety

1.  Just breathe:  Find a quiet space before you go on stage. Sit and breathe deeply, inhaling through your nose for 5 counts, holding for 2 and exhaling through your nose for 5 counts. Really focus on the flow of your breathe and take your time. Do this for a couple of minutes to relax and center yourself.

2.  Visualize a successful performance: Close your eyes, see how you want your show to go, hear yourself singing perfectly, see the audience loving every moment, visualize huge applause and smiling faces, get fired up, visualize yourself having a blast!

3.  Think positive thoughts:  Pump yourself up, get excited about the show...think to yourself how people will enjoy your show. The audience is your friend. They're excited to be there and hear you! You do this because you love it! Get rid of negative thinking. Everytime a negative thought comes into your mind let it go!

4.  Ask yourself positive questions:  Don't go to a place of anxiety and fear. Don’t ask yourself questions like: what if I fail, what if I forget lyrics, what if I fall, what if they don't like me, what if people make fun of me, what if nobody shows up?

How about questions like...what if people like my voice, what if I move people, what if I entertain people, what if I gain new fans, what if I have fun and make people happy?

5.  Project positive energy and enthusiasm: Be enthusiastic! Get excited about your show, have fun, love what you're doing, be an entertainer, be yourself! 

If you follow these five steps, you will have a successful performance! Even if It doesn’t work right away, if you keep applying these principles you’ll gain confidence and reduce your fear and anxiety. Remember the most dominant person in the room is you and your fans and friends are there to hear and support you! Share your talent with the world and enjoy! If you are excited to be there, the audience will have fun. That's when the magic happens!

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BE A PRO OR SING LIKE ONE!

Private and group instruction available.

LEARN ALL POPULAR STYLES OF MUSIC.

STRENGTHEN YOUR VOCAL POWER AND BUILD SELF CONFIDENCE! 

For All Ages and Levels

Consultation on recording, distributing and promoting your own music.

Daria has extensive training and experience in healthy contemporary techniques of singing and all styles of popular music including Jazz, Pop, Latin Styles, Blues, Folk, R&B, Rock and more!

 

WANT TO RECORD A DEMO OR CD? 

Daria is available to help you produce a recording that you can be proud of. 

Many Universities now require submission of audio/video auditions. Daria is available to help you prepare for and produce a professional audio/video recording to submit for consideration. 

Releasing a professional recording? Daria can work with you in studio to help you achieve your best possible performance.

 

ABOUT MY TEACHING: 

Each singer has a distinct sound, set of  goals and needs. The technique I teach is based on 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, share ideas and techniques that I've learned along the way. It's an endless and fascinating journey!

    •    build your vocal power and self confidence

    •    Study powerful breathing techniques

    •    Improve stage presence and overcome stage fright

    •    Learn vocal production and articulation

    •    strengthen your voice without straining

    •    Discover and increase your range

    •    Create your own style

    •    Learn lyrical interpretation, phrasing, delivery

    •    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.

I also work with young children, using methods based on ORFF and Kodaly. Kids learn rhythms,  songs from around the world and get basic ear training appropriate for their age group.

Learn to sing at any age! 

 

UPCOMING CLASSES/WORKSHOPS 2018

 

MARCH SUN. DATE TBA!

MONTHLY SINGER'S SALON

This month we'll be focusing on Jazz and Brazilian music

With Pianist, Anne Sajdera

NOVATO, CA  STUDIO

$60

To get on the waitlist for the next one contact DARIA

A monthly Salon for Intermediate to Advanced Singers! A chance to stretch out and perform in a duo setting, get coaching, creative and constructive feedback. Take your performance to the next level! Must have charts in your key, be familiar with your tunes and ready to sing. Accompanists will range from pianists, guitarists or bassists so you'll get a chance to work with different accompanying instruments and musicians.

** If you're interested in this one please contact DARIA to make sure this is the right workshop for you

CLICK TO REGISTER NOW!

 

SUN FEB. 25TH 11-3pm

New Performance Group and Jazz ‘m Up Productions present:

PERFORMANCE SKILLS FOR SINGER-SONGWRITERS & VOCALISTS

Building a Bridge Between Yourself & Your Audience
Intermediate – Professional – All Styles

Taught by acclaimed vocalists/recording artists/educators Lua Hadar and DARIA

Recent comments about our workshop:

“Absolutely helpful for all performers, not just vocalists. The tips and suggestions were spot on and really paved the way for tremendous growth.”

"I highly recommend Lua and Daria for inspiring singers with the emotional content of a song, plus giving great technical tips for singing better.”

“I deeply appreciate both Lua and Daria for their combined expertise and experience in guiding me back to my soul and heart’s true desire. Thank you!”

An intensive power workshop! Get coaching from two pros in a variety of skills. Improve stage presence and learn to connect to your audience effectively! Become more expressive in your performance to make the lyrics and intention clear.  Please bring 2-3 songs with 3 copies of lyrics for each song (no handwritten lyrics please.), bring instrument if you self accompany. Keyboard is also available. There will also be a pianist available so please have lead sheets or charts in your key.

CLICK TO REGISTER NOW!

We will work on stage presence, give tips to overcome stage fright, mic technique, making the lyrics and intention clear, tips for introducing your song to the audience, self-accompanying, taking your performance to the next level.

Fee: $115 per student for one 4-hour session
Discount: $105 for members of the West Coast Songwriters Association

Location: NOVATO, CA STUDIO

Class size: 6 students maximum so each student receives individual attention. Students also learn from watching each other being coached by the teachers, in a supportive environment.

Registration and Payment: Payment may be made by Paypal or check. Upon Registration, students paying by check will be sent instructions for payment.  Paypal can be paid on the Registration PageAll students please register HERE

 

COMING IN SPRING!

SATS APRIL 7TH - MAY 12TH 10am-12pm (6 wks)

JAZZ/POP VOCAL PERFORMANCE WITH PIANO ACCOMPANIMENT

Vocalists will rehearse and perform jazz standards, pop, Latin and/or blues tunes with piano accompaniment.  For inspiration instructor will show videos and play examples of great vocalists. Class will cover some vocal technique, mic technique, style, stage presence, phrasing, rhythm, finding correct keys, lead sheets vs. chord charts and performance. Students will get lots of chances to sing and learn how to communicate with an accompanist.

Pre-requisite: Some vocal performance experience and/or vocal technique classes. Please bring 2-3 tunes to work on in class.

COLLEGE OF MARIN, KENTFIELD, CA

REGISTRATION COMING SOON!

 

THURS. APRIL 12TH - JUNE 21ST 8:15 - 9:45 (10 wks)

JAZZ DUETS - BASS AND VOICE PERFORMANCE CLASS

The dialogue between a vocalist and bassist can be an intimate, creative and exciting opportunity to stretch out and create a personal sound.  We’ll listen to examples of great duos for inspiration, such as
Sheila Jordan and Harvie S., Nancy King and Glen Moore among others. A chance to get deeper into the music, listen to and communicate with a bassist. Bassists are also encouraged to take this class to improve upon their accompanying skills. Class includes vocal technique, finding the correct key, rhythm, stage presence, personal style and lyrical interpretation. A unique opportunity to create musical magic. Students will perform weekly in class and learn the skills needed to communicate and interpret songs in a duo setting. Please bring in a couple of tunes to work on. Songs will also be provided. Class includes a final performance.

CALIFORNIA JAZZ CONSERVATORY

BERKELEY, CA

REGISTRATION COMING SOON!

 

Quotes About Daria's Teaching:

“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., Student

 

“Dear Dr. Izdebski, 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. Very similar to the tube technique that you used to overcome my diphonia.  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 both again for helping me rebuild my voice.”

- Tim Long, Vocalist

 

“I’m so very grateful to study with Daria privately 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., Student

 

“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., Student

 

“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 never knew how quickly I could learn a song in a foreign language! Daria has excellent teaching/phonetic skills. Thank you!"  

- M. Benedetti, student

 

"I learned a lot working with you. A very informative class and taught with positive constructive criticism. I would highly recommend to anyone who wants to improve their vocal technique." - Dana Strauss Allen, Vocalist

 

"Lots of valuable information. Beyond my expectations! Feeling inspired to sing the Blues!" - Ruth Kelly, Student/Vocalist

"Daria is an excellent voice teacher - her vocal exercises have really helped my voice, and her class was a wonderful opportunity to practice with guitar accompaniment, while receiving professional advice on everything from selecting the best key to honing two songs to performance level. The Jazz Duets class was well organized and always fun!" - Michele Munro - Vocalist


“Daria is an inspiring teacher. She has an incredible understanding of how the voice works as well as what it means to be a singer. Daria can take you as far as you want to go!"  Miranda Bentley, Actress/Singer/Songwriter
 


"As a professional colleague, I enjoy coaching with Daria to keep my own pipes in healthy working order. Daria has a great ear and clear explanations of how to create beautiful vocal tone."  Rebecca Jones,  School of Vocal Arts



"Daria's clear instruction has helped to propel my sweet sounding voice to one of richer, deeper tone while not overworking my vocal chords. I owe my new confidence as an entertainer to Daria's unwaivering support and sensitivity to my needs as a singer. I work hard each lesson, we laugh a lot, and I learn so much each time we meet! " 
Julie Cohn, jazz vocalist

 

DARIA, has a B.A. from New College of California. Her vocal training includes studies in classical, jazz and all popular styles. She studied with jazz greats Bobby McFerrin and Mark Murphy and trained with Seth Riggs.

She has taught at California Jazz Conservatory, College of Marin, Blue School of American Music, The Voice Studio, Marin Theater Company and Piedmont Piano Co. DARIA has coached singers who are members of successful Bay Area 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 (Accapella), Velvy Appleton from Spark & Whisper (Folk) and Jazz Vocalist, Tessa Souter. She currently directs the Marin Harmony Accapella Chorus.

  

Students are encouraged to record lessons so you can practice your exercises and songs. 

To inquire about voice instruction email DARIA

Daria accepts payments by check, cash and PAYPAL
 

All lessons are pre-paid and  must be completed within 2 months after the date of purchase.

Cancellation Policy:

24 hours notice is required by phone or e-mail for all cancellations and rescheduling.

 

Pacific Voice and Speech Foundation

www.pvsf.org

 
 
 

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