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Testimonials

“It has been a pleasure to work with Monica in our musical theater program. Not only is she kind and patient with …
everyone, but she really TEACHES the kids! It is exciting to see them not just learn the song, but how to sing it.”

Susan P., Director, YES Theater

“Monica Norcia has been my voice teacher, voice coach and musical theater director for over 13 years…
She has guided me through all of the musical theater and opera auditions as well has helping me with interpretation of the many characters I have played.

As an aging singer, I began to struggle with difficulties in voice production such as breath control, tension and anxiety. It was Monica who introduced me to the Alexander Technique and philosophy as a way of overcoming habitual patterns that interfered with the freedom of vocal production.

During our hands-on lessons, she asked me not to help make the movements nor to anticipate what she was doing. She communicated through touch combined with verbal directions, verbal explanations and feedback.

I continue to be amazed at how the gentle instructions and touch reduced the tension in my body and jaw. I am becoming convinced that making the Alexander Technique an integral part of my voice lessons will help me become a more confident performer.”

Gina M., Berkeley

“I have been taking voice lessons from Monica for a number of years. Her training has improved both the ease …
and quality of my singing voice immensely. I have experienced both an improvement in range and intonation thanks to her wonderful lessons. She has my highest recommendation.”

Tim C.

Student Gina Moreno as the wacky Ruth in NTC’s “Pirates of Penzance”
-Photo by Fred Deneau/Novato Theater Co.

Student Mark Kupke, a bass-baritone, likes to cross over from opera to Bocelli-style pop repertoire.

Bluegrass is student Karen Wilhoyte’s singing passion. Alexander helps us free the whole self so that playing and singing at the same time is easier.
“I highly recommend Monica to anyone interested in working to develop his or her vocal instrument …
She will constantly challenge you, but do so with consummate patience; there is no oxymoron when I describe her ‘gentle firmness.’
Her bottomless store of knowledge of vocal technique, her open-hearted style and her passion for music and performing have helped me to gradually hone my voice as a musical instrument; and her inclusion of the Alexander Technique has also helped greatly in tuning my body as the container for that instrument. I could not have done this without her ability to continually tailor her instruction to my way of functioning and being.
I happened to strike gold when I was looking for a voice teacher and found her years ago!”

Mark K., Santa Rosa

“For many years post childhood, I was very reluctant to sing solo in public, even though people would say, …
“You have a nice voice.” The reason: a brutal dictator of a choral director from high school who made me feel ashamed of my less-than-perfect voice. But I’ve always had a song in my heart and great relationship with lullabies and babies. Finally, in my “mature years,” I decided enough with the shame and enlisted my dear friend and musical theater collaborator Monica Norcia for voice lessons.

Monica’s brightness, cheer and encouragement made all the difference. She helped me understand my voice as a physical instrument, what it can do and how I can use my whole body to support my singing.

Terrified but determined I tackled my first recital and lo and behold, I lived through it and found my public voice once again. Second year recital: I faltered but carried on and found out how to stumble, fall and get back up again.

Third year: I somehow landed the role of Golde in “Fiddler on the Roof.” This experience was one of the highlights of my adult life.

I owe a huge debt of gratitude to Monica for her teaching style, technique, encouragement and unwavering commitment to ANY voice, no matter its quality or range. My song isn’t just in my heart anymore, which is good, because now there’s more room in there for Monica.”

Kim B., San Rafael

“I have had the professional and personal pleasure of performing with Monica Norcia in Marin musical …
productions. Now, some years later, my 12-year-old grand-daughter, reaching for the experience of performing with a musical theatre company, began singing lessons with Monica on a weekly basis.

Monica’s gentle, warm, yet musically solid approach to teaching a youngster, encouraged and endeared my grand-daughter to the joy of singing and performing.”

Deidre G.

“Words cannot express how grateful I am to have Monica as a voice teacher. In addition to dramatically improving
my vocal technique, she has provided me with tools to reduce performance anxiety. Monica is very intuitive and approaches music and teaching holistically. She addresses the physical, psychological and emotional aspects of singing and performance. She customizes every lesson to work on issues as they arise. I have really benefited from the Alexander Technique and have applied it to improve my singing, guitar playing, and bass playing.

Monica is a truly gifted teacher. I highly recommend her to anyone wanting to improve vocal technique for singing or speaking, gain confidence performing and to find more freedom and fluidity while playing an instrument.”

Karen W., San Rafael

“When I first began studying singing with Monica in middle school. I was not remotely confident with my voice, …
both with staying on pitch and with my limited range.

Monica helped me develop good posture habits and really helped me see clearly what I needed to do to open up my voice.

She was always positive, fun, and clear with what I needed to do. She was always ready to try something different if her first approach wasn’t working for me. She pushed me to try things but always made me feel supported.

I feel like I made great strides in my singing and became much more confident. While I never had considered myself a singer, I am now given extra parts to sing in shows, and that is due to her patience and guidance!”

Abby G., Novato

“Monica is a talented artist and an amazing educator. I have found it is rare to find …
these two things simultaneously. She makes the students feel completely at ease in their voices and understands how to help them through emotional and technical stumbling blocks.

A generous collaborator, I could depend on Monica not to get derailed by edits, technical difficulties and reworkings of the musical portions of the performance and to keep an eye on a cohesive vision of the play.

It was my complete privilege and joy to work with her.”

Amy S., Tamalpais High School Drama Director/Instructor

“My daughter loves learning from you—and feels so lucky to have you as her mentor …
She is thrilled with your knowledge of musical theater and your great audition song ideas and tells me how pleased she is to be learning technique from you. She said she sometimes feels like she is getting opera training, and she loves it. I just want you to know how much we both appreciate you. THANK YOU!”

Kaitlin Q., Mill Valley

“Working with Monica is truly delightful. She has been involved with a variety of plays at CTE/TAM Drama …
that utilized music and singing. By necessity, she works with students at all levels of experience and skill. At all times, she is professional, capable and creative in her work in a variety of music styles.

With adults, Monica’s ability to collaborate with the director to bring out the best in everyone involved is done with such polish and ease that it is masterfully executed. Her pleasant, upbeat personality is nicely balanced with a sense of discipline and organization.

So much gets accomplished!! Our students love working with her and our directors do too.”

Susan B., Tamalpais High School Drama Instructor/Director

“Monica Norcia is not only an accomplished musician, she is an excellent teacher as well…
She supports her students with kindness and humor, paying special attention to vocal health.

Monica is patient with new singers, giving them the skills to be successful, and can get refined performances from accomplished musicians.

All of her students learn to sing in a more relaxed, healthy way.”

Julianna R., Tamalpais High School Drama Director/Instructor