Maia maintains a small private voice studio in Bozeman, MT. While classically trained, she enjoys helping students create a healthy technical foundation and develop their facility no matter their style of choice. To inquire about taking voice lessons, click here.

Teaching Philosophy

My academic and professional careers have culminated in an adoration for music both as an emotional and intellectual language, as well as a sublime echo of history.  Art possesses the capability to reflect and convey the desires, trials, and mysteries of life, and I believe it is the responsibility of educators to cultivate an environment in which students feel safe, prepared, and inspired to utilize nature’s most superb tool of expression.

I aspire to be that kind of educator, and endeavor to help my students discover confidence and self-worth through their instrument.  Singing is a courageous act, both in and outside of performance, as one’s musical voice holds so much power to access and share the rawest facets of the human experience.  I believe successfully wielding and utilizing that power—both for oneself and an audience—stems from the identification and employment of the singer’s strengths, positive reinforcement, and perhaps most importantly, having the space to fail in a nurturing environment.

I am interested in the pursuit of singing as a pathway to healing, affirmation, and validation.  While a solid technical foundation is important for the facility and longevity of a singer’s instrument, (as well as credibility in the professional arena), I do not believe in chastisement, humiliation, shame, or the demand for perfection as legitimate teaching styles.  Musical-emotional vulnerability from a performer is a precious gift—not an entitlement—and should not be ordered, forced, or taken advantage of.  To mentor a singer is a privilege that comes with the great responsibilities of encouragement, compassion, kindness, and empathy.

Along with striving to be a constructive and supportive resource for my students, I hope to guide them in finding their voice through appropriate, relevant, and meaningful repertoire, as well as in the cultivation of strong musicianship through ear-training exercises and theoretical literacy.  A holistic study of music, poetry, and character is also central to achieving a thorough understanding of a piece, therefore garnering the greatest extent of fulfillment from its execution.