Doris has been singing since she was very young. Having piano lessons from the age of 5, she started taking voice lessons at 14. While still a teenager she fell in love with early music while listening to the local radio stations.
She graduated from Oakland University in Michigan with a Bachelors of Music, and then went on to Stanford to earn her M.A. degree in Early Music. Since then Doris has enjoyed the musical scene of the Bay Area, singing with professional choirs, teaching private piano and voice, and performing as a soloist in churches and other venues. Doris performs also on tin whistle and recorder, and accompanies herself on an 8-course lute. She is currently active singing Celtic, Renaissance and Jazz music with her friends at various local venues.
At The Music Place, Doris teaches piano, recorder, guitar, lute and voice to all ages as well as an Instrument Readiness Class using the voice as fun way to transition to staff reading for instrumental learning. In this class, she incorporates various teaching techniques including the Kodaly method with folk songs and humour to engage young children in an a fun, down-to-earth way.
Doris also entertains children with her singing puppets and stories, including Donald Duck in Noah's Ark, Fozzie Bear in the Singing Act Gone Wrong, and Daniel Tiger.
TEACHING LOCATIONS: Sunnyvale West, may travel to Palo Alto homes (travel fee charged)
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Last Modified: 2011.10.08
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"Our daughter, Melissa, loves her music class, and she looks forward to the recitals. She's made friends and become more confident. We'd recommend the Music Place to anyone. -- Melissa's parents, Kathy & Matt, Los Gatos" .
I tell everyone who will listen about the amazing introduction to music that our daughter is getting with the Music Place. People are always amazed when a 3-year old explains that she played an oboe last week and is going to play a piccolo next week! Most importantly, our daughter can't wait for music class & asks to go every day. -- The Pace Family