MUSIC MENTORship program


Enrollment open for Spring Semester 2020 : FEB-May

  • music theory and study of iconic songs to unlock the mysteries of the invisible world of sound.

  • customized lessons to harness the students’ strengths and strengthen their weaknesses.

  • creativity coaching to blast through blocks and address pain points.

  • monthly recording session to perfect their work and learn about recording software.

  • capstone concert and listening party opportunity to celebrate and share their work.

The student will bring their innate ambition and raw talent, combined with a drive to be disciplined in order to grow their skill set.

I will bring my passion for a holistic approach to music.

I have a special ability to envision the Artiste within and speak directly to a students’ full potential. I also bring wisdom from a decade of success in the music business as well as the business of teaching music.

I work to bring out the great potential in my students through artistic development, honing the craft, playing with recording software, experimenting with a range of stringed instruments and light percussion, shaping the student’s approach to their own voice, and inviting mindfulness practices into rehearsal and performance.

My background in dance and visual art means I can also integrate these aspects should the student show an interest in creating track art, music videos, photography, or other visual expressions that resonate with their music.

Program includes:

4 months of weekly sessions, excluding major holidays.

One session per week, with amount of time depending on the student’s level and aspirations.

One lesson per month will give access to recording, producing, learning the software, and songwriting with me.

Location is at my home studio complete with recording equipment and software, pedals and amplification, dance floor, as well as graphic design software, art supplies, and camera equipment. I live on the north side of Staunton, VA.

If you’re interested in learning more, set up an introductory session by contacting me on my phone (text or voicemail): 434-373-0001

Or simply email me at annabeth.mcnamara(at)

I am a thriving, busy modern musician and recording artist. I offer this mentorship because it brings me joy and meaning. Only 3 slots are available per semester, so register now if you know this is your dream program.


Instruments i teach:


  • Whatever your goal is with piano, we can approach it through the time-tested lens of classical music.

    • We’ll learn a delightful concert piece of your choice each semester, which will hopefully inspire you while challenging you to become better.


  • The typical student is starting from scratch so we learn through studying theory and chords, so you can apply your knowledge of guitar to any musical pursuit in the future.

    • We can select songs you love and learn them as covers, making them your own in the process.


    • I got started by studying claw-hammer and old-time style on 5-string banjo, so we can walk down memory lane learning some of America’s first songs.

    • I can share the style I devoloped myself for bringing a fresh, indie sound to my songs.

    Beginner Ukulele

    • I've written an entire album on ukulele and delight in this "mini-guitar"

    • A great first step into music.

      • Learn easy classics and discover notes and chords along the way.


Additional areas of expertise:

Singing at the Charlottesville Sprint Pavillion.

Singing at the Charlottesville Sprint Pavillion.


  • I can support your song-writing, as I'm an accomplished, prolific songwriter.

  • We can also collaborate and write and produce songs together!

    Alexander Technique

    • I've studied several months with Sandra Bain Cushman of Orchestral Movements.

      • I can share the basic principles I've learned to staying in dynamic alignment for pain-free, proper use of instruments.

Photo by  Renee Byrd

Photo by Renee Byrd

Photo by  Guillermo Ubilla





  • I believe everyone has a beautiful voice capable of great music. Just look at Bob Dylan! I also believe EVERYone can benefit from understanding of this built-in, flesh instrument.

  • I can share the tips and tricks I've learned to perfect my vocal performance by taking Christina Aguilera's master class and studying for a month with both Heather Hightower and Madeleine Holly-Salles.

    • If you’d like to take your understanding of how to use your voice to a higher level, we can set aside time for studying vocal techniques.


    • I have a mobile studio as well as in-home studio where I can capture the student's current sounds

    • For those with interest, I can share the fundamentals of recording. This is great for future sound engineers, producers, and DJ’s.

    • I can also work with the student to produce their song— that is, flesh out their ideas with other instruments and sounds.

Creative Coaching

  • I can help the student through blocks and confusion to bring out the artist within

    • I'm currently studying my third semester at The Art School, an elite mastermind course for creatives and coaches.


  • 10 years of private piano lessons with Mrs. Watkins and Mrs. Byler in Harrisonburg, VA.

  • B.A. from Prescott College in Fine Arts, where I combined studies of Appalachian music, improvisational dance, visual arts, and performance.

  • Won two grants from Prescott College to make two albums and a multi-media lyric book of my photography, paintings, lyrics, and a magical realism narrative.

  • Went on 5 international tours and 2 national tours performing solo with my banjo and ukulele.

  • Began teaching in 2012.

  • Have since worked with students age 5-75 (or thereabouts), mostly female.

  • Won a $75,000 grant to record the album of my dreams in the nation’s capital.

  • Launched a highly successful kickstarter with my girl-band Larkspur to record an album.

  • Employed by Music & Arts Teaching Studios for 4 years.

  • Recorded a total of 6+ full-length albums and have been featured on several others, and have two new albums in the works.



Music has been a lifeline for me-- it's always been there no matter what. It's a touch-stone I can always reach for, as easy as reaching out to a warm wooden instrument and seeking the harmonies latent in its strings.

Music is this magical key to my life-- I can sing and suddenly I'm present, filled with oxygen and resonant frequencies that please my bones. I can sing with others and suddenly we're connecting in a rapturous state of transcendence. I can sing and suddenly I'm plunged into a watery world of wavelengths where I can shut my eyes and dive beneath the waves and forget my troubles, erase my troubles, or express my frustrations and swim past them.

Teaching takes all this another step along the path to share my knowledge. It's like I get to mold the golden keys and hand them out to the beautiful people who have come to knock on the door to music. Through accessing this portal, they can learn to speak and write and dance and live and breathe this medium as well...

For me, music is a landscape, a wondrous place made up of soundwaves of different colors and shapes. I love to take the student's hand and lead them into this place, where we can briefly take respite from the constant demands of modern life.


Imagine for a moment, this magical land:

Jazz is to the west, folk is to the east, broadway is to the north, and latin music is to the south. Rhythm and percussion is at the highest height, melody is deep in the forest, and harmony is out on the ocean. Lyrics are the roads and paths that weave them all together. 

This is a mystical land of adventure, where strong emotions are welcomed. Where being highly sensitive is a crucial asset. Where good taste is discovered and refined. Where creative identity and artistic confidence is formed.

In each student, I see a Great Creative. I KNOW that with time and diligence, they can become the wonderful musician they dream to be. I am happy to be their guide in the sometimes overwhelming world of music potential.

In this musical land, we can just BE, in the flow.  The greatest technique is to become completely absorbed in the moment. With our powers combined, we can strive for our dreams, patiently working through challenges, and speaking together in the *secret language of music.*

Take my hand, and we'll explore this wondrous land together.

Next steps

If you’re new to my studio, we can begin by setting up a free introductory lesson.

If it’s a great fit, we can find a time Wednesday through Friday to work together.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out via my contact page.