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Mary's Message

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   MARY L WALKLEY


   775 NE 76th St
   Miami, Florida 33138

   305-733-4738

   floridasings@comcast.net

   www.floridasings.net

   www.facebook.com/floridasings

   CURRENT  STUDIOS

   775 NE 76th St, Miami, Florida 33138
   853 7th Avenue, New York, New York
   3050 N Rocky Point Driv W, Tampa, Florida

 
   EXPERIENCE AND HISTORY

   -FloridaSings 1980-present
    Voice & Performance Lessons & Classes


  -Fine Arts Chair,Tampa Preparatory School 1980-1996
   AP Music History, AP Music Theory, Orchestra, Intro to            the Arts, Musical Theatre, Vocal Performance,    Performance Director


   -The Pre-College Music Program, University of Tampa 1977-1991  Creator, Administrator, & Voice & Piano Teacher, University of Tampa

   -Broadway Theatre Project 1991-2012
Co-Founder (with Ann Reinking), Music Director,

Voice Teacher, Music Dept Head, Conductor,

Nationwide Auditions & Admittance

   -Speech Level Singing Institute  1994-1999
Co-Founder (with Seth Riggs), Program Director & Administrator, Voice Technique Teacher, Association Creator

   -Green Voices, Munich, Germany:   Resident Guest

Artist   2006

   -The Performing Arts Project:   Co-Founder, Voice

Teacher   2012-2017


  - Presenter, IVTOM International Conference, Atlanta, Ga, 2016


   -Regional Workshop Provider, Pop & Rock, Young Arts, Miami, 2016.


EDUCATION

   -Double Major, Performance & Music Theory, Bachelor of Music, Univ of Iowa, Univ of Tampa

  -Level V (Highest) Teacher, Speech Level Singing International
   -Mentor Level, International Voice Teachers of Mix
   -Continuing Education, NYSTA
   -Continuing Education, IVTOM

AWARDS & HONORS

   -FloridaSings named Best Voice Studio in 2014, 2015, 2016,  2017, 2018 and 2019! 

   -Workshop Provider, New York Singing Teachers Assoc., Columbia University

   -Workshop Provider, Young Arts, Miami Regional Workshops

    -Workshop Provider, New York Singing Teachers Assoc., Columbia University

   -Workshop Provider, Entertainment Revue, Tampa,

Florida

   -Workshop Provider, Green Voices, Munich, Germany

   -Workshop Provider, Mad Dance, Miami, Florida


​   -Recipient, Benedict Foundation Grant, for

continued study with Seth Riggs

   -Recipient, Honored Alumni Award, University of Tampa
   -Recipient, Master Teacher Chair, Tampa

Preparatory School

   -Music Director Emeritus, Broadway Theatre Project

 

   -Founder & Director, Speech Level Singing Institute

   -Founder, The Performing Arts Project
   -Who’s Who of American Teachers
   -Who’s Who of Women in America

   -Named Best Miami Voice Studio 2014-2019


SKILLS

-Voice Technique & Performance Training

-Pop/R&B Audition Preparation

​-Performance and Mike Technique

-Piano Performance, Sight Reading,

-Music Directing
-Audition Coaching
-College Audition Preparation & College Admissions 

-Teaching Dancers to Sing

-Arrangements
-Arts Administration
-Arts Program Design, Creation, Administration

-Workshops & Classes in Voice Technique & Performance

in YOUR space

-Fluent in French; some Spanish

 STUDENT ACCOMPLISHMENTS

-Finalists, Young Arts National Competition

-Many Presidential Scholars in the Arts

-Finalists, American Idol
-Finalists, The Voice
-Numerous students annually admitted to top Musical Theatre BFA programs

-Finalists, American Songbook Competition
-Music Industry Signed Artists; Labels include Sony,

Warner Bros, and Ultramusic
-Many current Broadway Principals

-Grammy Winners & Nominees

-Top of the Charts on Billboard

-Numerous Principals on National Tours

-Hundreds of working singers in the Music Industry

   ASSOCIATIONS

   Mentor, International Voice Teachers of Mix
   Member, National Association of Teachers of Singing

   Member, New York Singing Teachers’ Association

   Member, National Music Teachers Association



​​​Mary LaRae Walkley

Master Teacher

FloridaSings Studios



Over the past 30 years, Mary Walkley has developed her voice technique.  While her primary mentors were Kathleen and Seth Riggs, she has also been influenced by the teachings of her many colleagues and friends.  


The Connected Voice is a technique which allows the student to develop a voice which is connected as one voice from the bottom to the top, which is effortlessly produced in all registers, which resonates with strength and beauty, which can easily master any style,  and which never gets tired.  Sound too good to be true?  Listen to some of Mary's students by pressing this button!  They are the living proof that this voice technique really delivers results!







The Connected Voice



​I studied voice technique with Seth and Kathleen Riggs.  This is a partial list of singers who studied and use the technique  that I teach.  Most just studied with Seth; some we have both worked with; and some have just studied with me.  Others have worked with some of his many associate teachers.  Some, like Cher,  ​and Bernadette Peters, work with his first wife in NYC, Adrienne Angel.  There are many others not listed here, who prefer not to have their names used.  They, and all of the listed artists use this  SAME technique, invented in Italy and called Belle Canto, and resurrected , codified, and passed on by Seth Riggs.  I am honored to be one of the few remaining teachers  who  has ever worked extensively and personally with Seth over several years, and also with his late wife, Kathleen Riggs.
Cher, Madonna, Beyonce, SWV, En Vogue, Barbra Streisand, the entire Jackson family, Paula Abdul, Luther Vandross, Stevie Wonder, Josh Groban, Backstreet Boys, Mandy Gonzalez, Doug Sills, Boys 2 Men,  Nina Simone, Sinead O Connor, the Pointer Sisters, Bonnie Raitt, Bryan Adams, Julie Andrews, Luci Arnaz, Earth Wind & Fire, Bernadette Peters, Nicholas Cage, Bee Gees, Michael Bolton, Angela Blasi, Pat Boone, Ricky Martin, Jose Jose, Daniella Romo, Carol Burnett, Didi Bridgewater, Tevin Campbell, Belinda Carlyle, David Cassidy, Chaka Khan, Ray Charles, Stanley Clark, Natalie Cole, Tom Cruise, Tim Curry, MacCauley Culkin, Patty Duke, Nancy Dussault, Jane Fonda, Johnny Gil, Whoopee Goldberg, Melanie Griffith, Robert Guillaume, Gene Hackman, Greg Harrison, Julio and Enrique Iglesias, James Ingram, Al Jarreau, Prince, Waylon Jennings, Nicole Kidman, Molly Ringwald, Ceci Pennistan, Dusty Springfield,  Sylvester Stallone, Tiffany, Shanice Wilson, Tamia, Anthony Kiedes, Franki Valli, Eduardo Villa, Phil Webb, Deniece Williams, Paul Stanley, Peter Cetera, Ozzy Osbourne, Bob and Jakob Dylan, Diana Ross, Lionel Richie, Marvin Gaye, Shirley MacLaine, Liza Minelli, Kim Basinger, Ann Margaret, Val Kilmer, Cheech Marin, Toby Maguire, Patrick Wilson, Katherine McPhee, Irene Cara, and many more. 

Come learn the exact same technique! 
Style, genre, age etc don’t matter.  I’ve been teaching this technique for over 30 years!  Here’s your chance to learn it too.

   Hello!  And welcome to my website!  I'm thrilled that you are here, because if you are, you are no doubt looking to improve your voice.  Trust me, you couldn't be more in the right place.  


  Are you frustrated with your vocal progress?  Taking lessons but not improving?  Being forced to sing a style you really don't want to sing?  Paying money for lessons but feel like you aren't getting your money's worth? Trust me, I feel your pain.  And again,  you couldn't be more in the right place!


​   I teach a proven, effective vocal technique that connects the voice from the bottom to the top, with no "break," and which resonates with strength and beauty.  As you ascend in pitch, you will learn to let the external musculature release, allowing you to sing even in the highest ranges with no effort!  You also will be able to sing any style, including but not limited to:  jazz, R&B, pop, reggae, rock, musical theatre, alternative, and yes, even opera!!!  Once your voice is working correctly, there is no limit to what you can do with it!!!  Sound too good to be true?  Come have just one lesson with me.  You will leave singing better than you ever have, and that will only get better as you continue your training and practice.  The way this works is, the more you practice, the faster you get better.  

Expect to get better!!!  

YOU WILL!  

Don't put this off any longer!

Come and see me today!