“I am a professional singer who came to Mark to sharpen my sight-singing and musicianship skills. Mark is a brilliant musician whose passion for teaching makes lessons with him both fun and challenging. He has an uncanny ability to present concepts from diverse perspectives, utilizing a creative array of visual, vocal, auditory and written exercises. I appreciate his unique teaching style and believe it would appeal to a wide range of learning styles and musicianship levels.” – Peg Lisi, Professional Singer and Soloist with the San Francisco Symphony Chorus
“Learning from Mark is such a treat. I am starting to grasp foundational parts of music theory that before seemed confusing. He breaks down complex topics into pieces I can understand. He also addresses topics from multiple directions, so that I understand them not only in my mind but my body. When I am in a lesson with Mark, I always feel supported, as though the lesson is tailored to meet my particular needs. It’s a wonderful learning environment!” – Emily Shumway, Professional Musician, and Music Educator
“Mark can play more instruments than I even knew existed! If you hum a song Mark can tell you what the notes are. In music class, we play a lot of games, like games that teach you the beat. The class is fun because Mark is pretty silly and the songs are fun.” – Scarlet, age 7
“My favorite part of music lessons is when Mark and I play a duet on the piano. Especially the raindrop song. I also learned that each note has a different feeling. Like how “Mi” is the happiest of all and “Ti” is super uncomfortable and the screamiest.” – Phoebe, age 4
“Mark is a wonderful teacher! Wanting to deepen my knowledge and appreciation for music I have begun private lessons with Mark and find him to be infinitely patient, supportive and very inventive in ways to help me learn sight singing, rhythm as well as harmonics. Each lesson helps me build skills, confidence and is quite enjoyable.” – Kathy Obrien, Amateur Choral Singer
As a community, we will sing songs from various folk traditions from around the world, including gospel songs from the American South, Irish ballads, and South African part songs, as well as songs composed by Growden and other contemporary composers specifically to be sung by groups.
Community Sings can last for 15 minutes to 1 ½ hours and can accommodate 5 to 300 participants.
To book Mark for singing workshops email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.