Marc is a great teacher, very patient and kind. I am an adult beginner and Marc breaks down lessons in manageable chunks, gives me homework and keeps me interested. I am always looking forward to the next lesson, and thanks to him I greatly enjoy the process of learning music. mcp
I take voice lessons from Marc Donnelly. I am an adult and started out at zero -- I had never really done any singing except for sort of lip synching in church. So my comfort level at first was extremely low. But he makes you feel very comfortable. He is very knowledgeable, but also very patient. I have been very pleased with him as a teacher. I would highly recommend him to others. Feel free to contact me if you would like more info.
Marc teaches my two children, 7 and 9, once a week. I cannot say enough about how great he has been for them. He is very patient and effective, the kids love to practice and they are consistently improving. Flexible schedule, reasonable rates. A+
It is a joy to work with Marc. What serendipity it is to learn from someone who is both a talented teacher and musician. He brings both a wealth of technical expertise and musicality that not only honors the composer, but allows for the student to find their own unique expression. Whether you are a beginning student or amateur rediscovering your musical abilities, Marc’s kindness, patience and passion for music will help you achieve your goals. I highly recommend him as a teacher.
I have had the distinct pleasure of working with Marc both in a choral setting and in the classroom. As a choral conductor Marc is patient, supportive and incredibly creative in his teaching style. His ability to incorporate historical, and theoretical elements into his rehearsal is enlightening and enjoyable. Anybody would be lucky to work with him in any capacity.
I had the pleasure of having Marc as my Music History professor at the University of Connecticut. I was persuing a music minor and was required to take this class. However, it never felt like a boring required class with Marc teaching. Marc brought a presence to the classroom that made the learning environment fun and relaxed. He was also able to incorporate his extensive musical background into the lessons which brought the lesson outside of the textbook. I myself, being a very kinesthetic learner, benefited from the visual and hands on moments that he often incorporated into the lessons. He was always willing to help and clarify anything that was unclear in either the textbook or the lesson. He also did a very good job incorporating the different musical knowledge levels of the students. Having a small background in theory, I always loved the more in-depth theory moments. You can always tell that Marc really cares about his students through all of his efforts. I will greatly miss learning with him next year. Good Luck Marc!
What I like best about Marc's teaching his is attention to detail: technical, musical, and historical. As a vocal/choral coach, Marc not only helped me with my breathing and tone, he helped me become a better sight-singer (especially with regards to counting!). Moreover, his attention to phrasing and vocal gesture helped transform me from singer into an engaging performer.
Washington DC will be the beneficiary of Marc's upcoming move from southern New England. Aside from having a stunning voice himself, he is an impossibly patient and skilled teacher. He has high standards and will want you to work; but, he works hard at it with you. As a choir coach, I have heard that he brings the absolute best out of those in his "care."
Marc is a great teacher and mentor. He helped me with aural, vocal, and piano skills at the University of Oklahoma. Marc is easy to work with and does anything he can to help out, whether that means slowing down, one step at a time, or giving you more more difficult challenges because he knows you can do it. Thanks Marc! -Steven
Marc was my voice-teacher last year. He was wonderful to work with. He was my first teacher for voice as I am new at choir singing. The theory he provided was at a very high level and the practical advice he gave me for sight reading was invaluable. I plan to work with him again! Jennifer Horan
At age 61 and with singing experience but never having lessons, I decided to undertake the task of being a better choral singer. Marc took me on as a student. I found him to be a huge help to me technically in the areas I wanted to strengthen (breathing, vowel pronunciation, power). Even more importantly he helped me overcome my extreme fear of singing in front of another person. He understood my goals (not to be a soloist but to be a better member of a group) and respected them. I would recommend him highly.
I had the experience of having Marc as both a theory teacher and a choral director, and in that time he proved himself to be extremely capable in both areas. As a theory pedagogue, Marc's knowledge and skill are superb and matched only by his ability to teach the material. Not only did he find ways to convey the subject well, but his approach was fluid in the sense that he could adapt to the changing needs of students. If a student found a concept difficult to grasp, Marc would easily explain it from a different perspective in order to aid comprehension - a mark of a quality teacher. As a choral conductor, Marc brought knowledge, preparedness, and control to rehearsal. Unlike many student conductors with whom I've worked, he wasted little rehearsal time, allowing the ensemble to get the notes quickly so that interpretation and musicality could be brought to the forefront of the rehearsal process. Put simply, if Marc heard something incorrect, he fixed it calmly, quickly, and in a way that made his choir all feel like an integral part of the ensemble. With this precision he was able to easily carry out his vision of the piece, something which was informed by the strength of his knowledge of the repertoire. It was a pleasure to work with Marc, and I look forward to a time when my studies are completed and I can work with him again.