Ms. Mariel joined AMS in 2018 to teach voice and piano. Ms. Mariel is a professor of Alexander Technique at the University of Florida School of Theater and Dance where she works with undergraduate and graduate students.
She is a graduate of the Alexander Technique Training Center in Newton, MA where she earned a three-year American Society of Alexander Technique (AmSAT) certificate and finished a 2-year post-graduate study at ATTC. She studied under master teachers Ruth Kilroy and Rivka Cohen, both of whom studied with Patrick MacDonald, a student of F.M. Alexander himself.
Ms. Mariel came to the Alexander Technique as a vocalist who had lost her ability to sing due to misuse of the body. The Alexander Technique restored her ability to sing and has given her renewed energy, release from tension in the body, and the tools to change negative mental and physical habits.
Her Piano Friends classes and individual lessons are infused with the technique of posture, arm placement and expressive movement.
When she isn't performing, Ms. Mariel enjoys traveling and laughing at Apricot's crazy cat antics!
Ms. Mariel's advice for young musicians:
"Find the joyful spark in each song, let the joy be your guide."