About Me

Hello! My name is Mariam Tsimpris McFalls, and I have taught private voice and piano lessons for the last 20 years. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Voice from the University of Houston. I am originally from Wood River, IL (St. Louis area) and attended Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville for 2 years before relocating to Houston. I graduated from U of H in 1986. I studied voice with Ms. Jean Preston at U of H,  and with Ms. Sarah Turner at SIU. My focus of teaching is classical in nature. I believe that the purpose of a voice teacher is to master the techniques of using the voice properly.  Therefore, the first 15 minutes of a voice lesson is devoted to vocal exercise. The latter half of the lesson is devoted to learning songs. My specialties are classical art songs and arias, and Broadway tunes.  

I taught myself to play the piano by watching my older sisters play. I was able to match pitches and mimic rhythmic sequences at an early age.  Eventually, when I became a little older, I was able to take private lessons with the local teacher (Elmer Curry) in Wood River. I continued my studies by taking a year of class piano in college, and was told by the professor that I should pursue a degree in piano. I am familiar with most piano methods, however, my favorites are Faber, Carol Matz Piano Method, and Piano Pronto..

Through the years I've taken different career paths - I was a licensed Optician and Corporate Trainer for 15 years, I also managed an electronics engineering company, as well as tackling the financial world of corporate tax laws. However, music has always been my first love, my backbone, my saving grace.  My happiest moments are with a student, guiding them on their musical journey, and seeing their face light up when they have accomplished a piece that they thought they would never be able to do.


Festivals students may participate in:

  • Jazz/Pop Festival - in the Fall
  • State Theory Test (student affiliate members only) - in the Fall and Spring
  • Contemporary/Baroque Repertoire Festival - alternates in early spring
  • Gold Cup Festival - typically first Saturday in March
  • Romantic/Sonatina Repertoire Festival - alternates in late spring
  • Musicianship Repertoire Festival - late spring

Additionally, I hold two recitals a year, in December, and late spring.

Latest News

April 1, 2018

April News

Saturday, April 7th-Romantic/Contemporary festival at UT Butler School of Music (Austin). Saturday, April 14th-Sonatina Festival at University Baptist Church (Clear Lake). Spring Recital-Saturday, April 28th from 4 to 6pm – Steinway Piano Gallery. Please let me know if you're planning on attending. I have the following lesson openings: Monday: 4:30-5, and 6-6:30pm, Wednesday: 5-5:30pm, Thursday: 6:15-7pm. If you know of anybody wanting piano or voice lessons, please feel free to give them my email address, phone number, or website. For every referral that signs up, I will happily credit your account one free lesson.

March 1, 2018

March News

Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 28th for our Spring Recital. This is a change from last month. Spring recital is booked at Steinway Piano Gallery from 4 to 6pm. Some last minute cancellations are occurring this month: No Lesson Friday, Mar 2nd as I will be travelling to Houston for the Gold Cup Festival. Wed, Mar 7: Romantic/Contemporary Festival (Austin) registration deadline. Location – UT Butler School of Music. Two pieces memorized with scale and cadence. Private judging only. Event cost is $16. No Lessons Thu-Fri March 8-16. I will be out of town, and it's SPRING BREAK! Fri, Mar 23: Sonatina Festival (Clear Lake) registration deadline. Location – University Baptist Church on Middlebrook Dr. One piece memorized in Sonatina style. Recital or Private judging. Event cost is $18.

February 1, 2018

February News

Busy February! We are deep into festival season with the Baroque/Classical starting things off on Sat, Feb 24 at UT Butler School of Music. Students, please keep the momentum going by establishing a good daily practice routine. Piano Guild Auditions will be here in May before you know it.... Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 21st. Spring recital is booked at Steinway Piano Gallery from 4 to 6pm.

January 2, 2018

January News

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had an enjoyable holiday break. Lessons will commence for Austin students on Wednesday, Jan 3. Clear Lake students will return on Tuesday, Jan 9. Lot's of registration deadlines occur this month starting on Friday, Jan 12: Gold Cup registrations due (Clear Lake) - registration fee is $18. No school/no lessons on Monday, Jan 15. Wednesday, Jan 24 is registration deadline for Baroque/Classical Festival (Austin) - registration fee is $16. Those students preparing for Piano Guild in May....start your engines! We will be working on a practice system to keep your skills and repertoire sharp with less stress. For my younger voice students - new Disney songs are on the agenda. Let's ROCK this new year with momentum and inspiration!