The songs are IN YOU

Have you always felt that you'd like to express yourself through song?  Perhaps you're a writer, poet, musician, hobbyist, student, or creative type with some experience in songwriting or performing already, but you'd like a little guidance as you jump into the process a little deeper.  Or maybe you're already on your way to writing strong songs and having a powerful stage presence, but you still feel that there might be slight adjustments that could make a big difference in your writing and performing skills.   

Whether you're intending to write your first song or your thousandth, Mary Beth can help you find (or remember) the fun in the process, use your life experiences to create depth and significance in your songs, and discover how to present it (whether yourself or through another performer) in a way that will help other people connect with it and appreciate its message.  

Coaching can take place in person, by phone, or by email, and is customized to each client's specific goals and desire.  Coaching sessions can be one-time "polishes," a short series focusing on a couple critical areas, or more in-depth long-term guidance to help you accomplish what you wish.  

Areas of focus can include:
-- Covering the basics of the craft of songwriting and defining what makes a song feel successful to you
-- Taking your writing (and/or stage presence) from "okay" or "good" to "great"
-- Accessing more consistent sources of inspiration for your songs
-- Feedback on current lyrics or songs-in-progress
-- Disarming the self-critical voice that sometimes holds you back
-- Guidance in creating a custom song for a special birthday or anniversary
-- Exercises to help you connect with audiences or listeners at a deep, meaningful level
-- How to get your music heard by music supervisors for film and tv
-- Resources and contacts to help you reach the next level of presence in the music industry
-- How to move out of the talking & thinking phase of creativity and inspiration and into the Do it NOW! vibe

Coaching Rates

Single Session in person or by phone (1 - 1:15 hours, taped if desired):  $125 
Also included in Single session coaching:  one week post-coaching email support, 5 pages of worksheets and info.
(In-person sessions available in certain Utah and Illinois areas.  Other regions by special arrangement).  

Six Week Leap (six sessions by phone or in person, unlimited email support):  $600
Also included in Six Week Leap:  20 page workbook of exercises, info, and resources.  

Season to DO IT!  (thirteen sessions by phone or in person, unlimited email): $1350

Also included in Seasons to DO IT! :  40 page workbook of exercises, information, and resources.  

Payment plans available via Square or PayPal.

To set up your coaching session or series now, contact Mary Beth directly by email.   Thanks!

Write to also find out about group discounts and day or weekend long 
songwriting-intensive-camps for four or more participants.  








Shine Shine Shine This song was inspired by the power of women when we uplift and empower each other. Perhaps we all need a little help shining up our rougher diamond edges from time to time. 4.26 MB
The Good Life Riding in a convertible, top down, on a beautiful summer day...hanging out reading on the perfect shady porch...enjoying a great meal with wonderful friends and laughing all night...these are the elements of 'the good life' as we tend to see it -- and this song was inspired by the vibe of what really makes us feel thankful and free and light. 4.79 MB
Be Better There are, for most of us, periods that weigh you down, trip you up, mess with your idea of who you are and who you believe you can be. This song came from a deep consideration of the very hard work it takes to emerge from those down times. Finding the faith, the desire to 'be better', seems to drive the ability to move forward and reclaim life after depression, addiction, abuse, or whatever the cause. 6.61 MB
We've Been There A dear friend has told me such great stories about her family over the years. . . I'm constantly laughing and shaking me head with amazement at their adventures and faith and depth of devotion for each other. As she approached her 27th wedding anniversary, she asked if I'd consider writing a song for her and her husband integrating personal stories from their lives. This one emerged, and like so many special moments in writing, kept me hanging til the LAST second to see how it was all going to tie together. (I whooped from the living room with relief and delight when it clicked into place!). I swear sometimes I'm just a witness, not the writer. I hope to be able to share as full and loving a memoir of marriage and family when the time comes. 7.01 MB
Cover of "Close to You" by The Carpenters This song is such a treasure. . . it always felt kind of heartbreaking to me -- sung upbeat and with a smile by the ever-graceful Karen Carpenter, who later was revealed to be suffering so much privately through most of her career. We recorded this take on a reel-to-reel and were about to run out of tape when we decided to try to get this track down. Thankfully it clicked 'off' RIGHT after the fade of the last note was coming to an end. Though I was in a pensive, reminiscent mood while recording it, upon some listens it has a little bit of a spooky stalkery vibe. Which is always interesting :) 3.02 MB