Style: Opera; Classical; Musical Theatre
Bio: MaryJean Allen, MM, AD, is a licensed Body Mapping teacher and certified Alexander Technique teacher. She is co-author of the Body Mapping textbook for singers: What Every Singer Needs to Know About the Body, Plural Publishing, 4th edition, 2020. Body Mapping enhances singer's performances by correcting and refining individual Body Maps. The Body Map is your mental representation of your body's size, structure, and function. Because your body map governs your movement, you move according to what you believe about your body. By learning about the musculoskeletal system and how you are actually designed to move, your movements, and therefore your singing greatly improves. Alexander Technique — over 100 years old — teaches everyone how to become aware of and how to eliminate habits that interfere with fluid, free movement. MaryJean travels often to teach her unique Body Mapping and Alexander Technique workshops at young artist programs, universities, colleges, high schools, and churches. A veteran private voice teacher for over 30 years, MaryJean has students who sing professionally in classical, music theatre, or pop music venues; others teach voice or choral music. MaryJean taught voice, Alexander Technique, and Body Mapping lessons and classes at the month-long Young Artist Program: The Up North Vocal Institute for the eight summers of its existence. MaryJean holds a Master of Music degree and an Artist Diploma in vocal performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music and a Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance with a minor in piano performance from Oklahoma City University.
Voice Type: Soprano
Music Styles Taught: Opera; Classical; Musical Theatre
Availability: I am available as a clinician or presenter