Ms. McFall focuses on making her students feel relaxed and comfortable in their playing using the natural weights of the body. Her approach incorporates ideas from Waldorf school ideology, Suzuki, and Feldenkrais, as well as those of her former mentors “Everyone needs music in their lives - now more than ever. Music helps us know who we are so we can better express ourselves. If you would like to begin playing music, revisit playing music, or polish up your skills, I am here to help you on your musical path.”.
Felicia McFall has Bachelors and Masters in Music. She received a Bachelor of Music from New School of Music, Philadelphia, and a Masters in Music at United States International University, San Diego on a full scholarship transferring from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland. Beyond this, Felicia has been a certified Suzuki instructor and has studied extensively in the jazz program at Santa Rosa Junior College with Bennett Friedman performing in the premier jazz ensembles. Ms. McFall has also studied baroque violin (SFEMS Summer workshops, Amherst Early Music Festival Baroque Academy, Longy School of Music Summer Program, Vancouver Early Music Programme at UBC, and at Cambridge’s Early Music Baroque summer program) and has played in many baroque ensembles in the San Francisco bay area.
Before COVID, Felicia played professionally as a theatre musician for shows ( averaging 6 shows a year on the violin, viola, accordion, and keyboard) Past teaching experience includes strings teacher at the Seattle Waldorf School, chamber music coach at the Santa Rosa Junior College, section coach for Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestras, and strings teacher at the River Oak Charter School and the Ukiah School of Music.
Ms. McFall is very excited about teaching at the Piano Place.