Why "three sparrows?" Our free-singing, free-flying songbird friends embody such joy and ease. When I am working at my best as a teacher, I'm helping to free the natural voice of my student. Our studio offers a space that is supportive, nurturing, educational, motivating, and fun.

Our Teachable School offers an opportunity to explore concepts in a deeper way through thoughtfully created, self-paced courses.

Ear Training and Music Theory

Sight reading for singers and instrumentalists, keyboard skills, and advanced theory concepts

Vocal Technique and Repertoire

Working with singers in genres of Musical Theatre, Classical, Pop/Rock, Jazz, Folk, World, and more

Instrumental Instruction

Developing reading and playing skills on piano, guitar and/or ukulele for the singer-songwriter

"Marisa is a fabulous voice teacher and delightful person to work with. She quickly put me at ease about singing and made voice lessons a high point in my week. I was impressed with her creativity in finding activities and exercises to address whatever voice challenges I happened to be experiencing, and her ability to bring music theory to life. I would recommend Marisa to anyone from beginners to performers."

"Marisa combines her extensive knowledge of form and function with the intuition of a psychologist and the grace of an artist. She teaches her students to value excellence in singing as a way to express an excellent life fully lived. The result opens the door to our true voice, waiting to be discovered, refined, and made whole."

"I studied with Marisa for two years--what a fantastic teacher. Every time I arrived for lessons she had a thoughtful course of music prepared based on listening to my interests and her extensive knowledge of music and what I should be working on vocally. A truly exceptional teacher."

Hi, I’m Marisa.

With the foundation of a Classically-based vocal education, I've enjoyed performing and teaching in the genres of Musical Theatre, Classical, Pop/Rock, Jazz, Folk, and World since 2002. I use a holistic approach that empowers my students to find and free their own natural sound, incorporating vocal pedagogy, voice science, performance practice, vocal styling, yogic principles, Alexander Technique, and mind/body integration.

Enjoying a wide variety of genres, my performance experience includes solo recitals, operatic roles, choral concerts, community outreach programs, venue gigging, and recording. I served as a Vocal Department Artist-in-Residence at School of the Arts in San Francisco, and currently teach voice lessons online and in my private studio in Sacramento, California.

My formal education includes a Bachelor of Arts in Music, with a concentration in Vocal Performance, Master of Music in Classical Vocal Performance, Bachelor of Arts in English, and Minor in Psychology.   I am a RYT-200 (Registered Yoga Teacher), CMT-200 (Certified Meditation Teacher), certified Core Singing voice instructor, and have 40 hours of Alexander Technique training. I’ve also completed the Contemporary Voice Teacher Academy and New Science of Singing certification programs with John Henny, the Musical Theatre Coaching Course with Nate Plummer, Breaking Down the Riffs with Natalie Weiss, and the Vocal Instrument 101 with Shannon Coates.

I play piano, guitar, and ukulele, and offer beginning instruction in these instruments, as well as beginning to advanced music theory and ear training.