Debra Byrd

Head Voice Coach on American Idol for 10 Seasons and current vocal coach on The Voice

"Molly proved to be one of our most valuable and finest instructors..."

"I had the distinct privilege of working with Molly as her direct supervisor and Vocal Chair at the world renowned Musicians Institute, College of Contemporary Music (MI) in Hollywood, CA. Molly proved to be one of our most valuable and finest instructors at MI, and a favorite amongst our vocal students. I often referred to her as the "velvet hammer" because she has the ability to offer honest and constructive feedback while still coming from an encouraging and supportive place. Our students could rely on Molly to always go the extra mile, inspiring them to bring out their best. There is no question that Molly is dedicated to the craft of singing and artist development. Her industry experience, innate teaching abilities, gifted singing plus an impressive background as an artist herself, has equipped her with the necessary tools to be a top-notch vocal coach."


Brooke August

Nashville, TN

“Molly is amazing! She is super creative and talented. She uses effective methods and techniques to help me improve my vocal strength and performance! I always feel confident in my voice when leaving a session with her.”


Hailey Puckett

Franklin, TN

Molly has not only given me the tools I need to become a better singer but she has also been a wonderful mentor and a constant source of encouragement. Working with Molly is like working with a friend.”


Manuela Eder

Munich, Germany

"I have found one of the best teachers I have ever had in Molly! I live in Munich, Germany, and ever since I started to take vocal lessons, I have been searching for a vocal teacher like her. What I love about Molly's way of teaching is how she emphasizes the importance of writing and composing songs. She has helped me so much to find my own personal way of writing by expressing my inner thoughts and feelings in my own songs. She is such an inspiration not only musically but also personally. Molly is a great believer in her students, that's what I needed the most at certain times when I felt discouraged or stuck.


Molly has the great gift of knowing how to teach and get the point across. She not only teaches the theoretical stuff such as various exercises and theory, but also knows how to help with lyrics and how to get the creative juices flowing 🙂 I have taken in-home lessons with Molly in Los Angeles as well as via Skype which also works very well for the lessons. She has really taught me how to believe in myself and my creativity! Very helpful and inspiring… I can not thank her enough for sharing these experiences with me!"


Thiago Muller

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

"I worked with Molly for over two years. When we first started I had a problem with my head voice...I didn't have one, or so I thought.  Molly worked with me, was very patient and professional, and gave me useful vocal technique exercises for me to practice every day. She made me challenge myself and I found a new voice that I never realized I had. I owe a lot to Molly. To me she is more than a professional teacher. She is also a musician who loves to teach. She is so passionate about what she does and it inspires her students. That's exactly what a teacher should be doing with their students... inspire them. I am very thankful that I’ve had the opportunity to work with Molly as I accomplished my goals and now have a head voice!"


Thoko Dlamini

Johannesburg, South Africa

"When I first moved to Los Angeles, I was very afraid of my own voice. Having Molly as my vocal teacher has not only helped me develop my voice, but also my confidence. She helped me understand what works for my voice while pushing me to excel in what I wanted to do. Above all else she is extremely positive and supportive. I love her style of teaching because she explains how to do technical exercises in simple ways and is very practical about how you can achieve your vocal goals. I can now confidently sing in my chest voice and I am developing my head voice. I am truly thankful that I get an opportunity to be working with her."


Sydney Maxine

Nashville, TN

“Before working with Molly, I had an extremely hard time singing in my head voice and my mix. I went in not knowing how to fix these problems. With a proper assessment and one warm-up given, Molly knew exactly what I needed to work on. Each week, I could tell that certain parts of my vocal cords were getting stronger and stronger. She made a "not so easy" process fun and exciting. Molly's patience, down to earth personality, and professionalism made my journey to becoming a better singer worth while. I could not have asked for a better vocal coach."


Paolo Lopez

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

"As a guitar player, I always had the desire to sing but I was insecure about my vocal. In the six months I’ve spent with Molly, my technical and performance skills improved more than I could have ever imagined. She’s helped me become a confident singer, and more importantly, helped me to find out who I am as a singer. Molly is a fabulous teacher and singer. With a great method, she goes direct to the problems. A very ethical person, she is always in a good mood and genuinely cares about her students. I can say that Molly has changed my life."


Kalynne Michelle

Los Angeles, CA

"When I first came to Molly I had trouble singing in my head voice. It was not as strong as it needed to be. I expressed this to Molly during our first lesson together and immediately she introduced me to some vocal exercises to help strengthen this register. Every lesson we had we did these exercises. Over time, I noticed my head voice was becoming stronger and stronger. It became more forward in my mask instead of airy and weak. Thanks to Molly drilling in the exercises I needed, I now have a fuller, stronger head voice! I also had some trouble dealing with nerves. I had a tendency to stay in one spot while performing and butterflies would sometimes get the best of me and hinder my vocal performance. Molly shared some simple breathing exercises with me that were able to help me control my nerves and ultimately allow me to focus more on my movements. In no time she had moving all over the stage!

Additionally, the first day I walked into my private lesson with Molly I knew we we’re going to have a great time working together. She is very personable and makes learning so much fun! Molly is absolutely wonderful. She radiates professionalism, talent and knowledge of her craft. She is patient, understanding and pushes you to exceed your full potential. I never had to wait on Molly, she’s very punctual and was always early to our lessons. We would begin the hour by catching up on life, share stories about our week, have a laugh, loosen things up a bit. We would then begin with vocal exercises, spending a good amount of time working on each register. Then we would focus on performances I had in the upcoming week and work on specific songs or parts of songs I needed help with. Molly is very passionate about what she does and to me that makes all the difference in a teacher. She believes in what she is teaching and she believes in every single one of her students. She focuses on each individual’s strengths and weaknesses and makes sure that you meet specific goals you set for yourself. You will not go wrong with this wonderful teacher!"


Bill Worrell

Los Angeles, CA

“As a professional guitarist, curriculum developer and on-camera instructor for Fender Play, my vocal health is of the utmost importance. I sought out voice lessons with Molly to help improve my speaking voice, and to ensure I was breathing and supporting currently. Prior to working with Molly I found I did not speak with a lot of clarity, and often felt like my voice was tired by the end of the day. After working with Molly my voice has gotten much stronger, I have more endurance and I don’t struggle with vocal fatigue like I once did. My on-air producer even commented how much stronger my voice sounds on camera. I owe a lot to Molly for taking my voice to the next level!” 


Aria Zhang

Zhengzhou, China

"Before meeting Molly in Hollywood, I never sang country music. Being from China, this genre was very different than anything I had sang before. Molly has taken me into the world of country music and showed me how beautiful and exciting it is. I can feel the enchantment when I hear Molly singing country music. That is what influenced me to try it out. She really gives me awesome guidance. I‘m so grateful to her coaching. Molly is always so sweet and patient. Learning from her is a pleasant process, and I always learn something new from our private lesson...every time. That's really exciting!"


Anna Leon

Czestochowa, Poland

"Before working with Molly, I was struggling with stage fright. She taught me how to be more confident and comfortable on the stage which I'm extremely grateful for.  Molly is such an amazing teacher. Always helpful, full of great positive energy, and always 100% prepared for a class. She makes it a point to know exactly the needs of her students and then works on them each very carefully. Very inspiring!"


Wayne Harper

Nashville, TN

Molly has been the best decision I've made not only for improving my voice, but my overall performance as an artist. As someone who performs often, she keeps a flexible curriculum, helping me in areas we both think are necessary. She also tailors each lesson for me and understands the importance of balance between vocal strength and preservation. She is an all around wonderful human and great mentor."


Moses Ibrahim

Abuja, Nigeria

"I was honored to take Molly’s vocal performance class while I studied in Hollywood.  She was very professional and always willing to help her students. She’s approachable, friendly and nice to everyone. I really appreciate her honest critiques, always focusing on ways to improve one's performance skills. Her work ethic is great and she’s always on time. I like how she gives her students equal amount of attention without making anyone feel left out.

I've always been a very shy performer, never allowing myself to be free and expressive on stage. That completely changed when I started working with Molly. She saw potential in me, and recognized I was holding back. She took time to work on my stage presence and confidence. She gave me exercises to do to loosen up and that really helped me grow. She wrote down notes on what I needed to change, improve and learn. She took time to answer all my questions, and really explain the details.  Now, I am more confident on stage. I’m very expressive and I know who I am as an artist."


Pavlina Horwath Hill

Los Angeles, CA

I’ve had several voice coaches before I was finally paired with the one that understood me the best, Molly. I’ve learned the most during my time with her. One of the biggest things that Molly helped me with was embracing my voice and fine tuning it rather than shaping me to sing like someone else. She was able to give me exercises that actually enhanced my voice rather than change it, she helped me not only with my confidence singing but performing as well. I am very grateful for finding such a fantastic match to help me improve my vocal skills and I look forward to continuing to work with Molly."


Nathalia Lacerdo

Sao Paulo, Brazil

"The first thing that sticks out to me about Molly is the way she teaches. She’s hands-on. She goes on the stage and moves me around, gives me detailed feedback and always teaches by example!! The one thing she always tells me is, “You’re singing in your throat. Project your voice forward towards a focal point in the back of the room, like you are trying to get someone's attention on the other side of the street.” To this day I remember that. She has helped so much on resonance and understanding where my voice has to sit."


Ziwei Xia

Los Angeles, CA

"Molly has been my personal vocal coach for over 2 1/2 years. Prior to that, I was new to music and needed to learn the fundamentals of singing like proper breathing, pitch accuracy, timing and rhythm. I also needed to learn what songs best suit my vocal range. After working with Molly, my voice and stage presence have improved a lot! She's helped me with my goal of one day becoming a professional singer. My chest voice continues to get stronger, my rhythm and timing are getting much better, and my English pronunciation is even becoming more accurate. Now I have a really pretty voice and I am more confident than ever to sing on stage. Molly is a great coach for me. She is patient, encouraging  and supportive. I don't plan on changing vocal coaches anytime soon!"

Krystan Bellows

Kae Bellows

Nashville, TN

"I met Molly 4 years ago when I was a student at Musicians Institute. I had the pleasure of being coach by her in a performance setting for a quarter. When I moved to Nashville I reached out to Molly for private lessons. Since then she has helped me gain more precision and freedom, range, openness and confidence in my voice. Molly is extremely knowledgeable and is such a joy to work with. Lessons with her are always the highlight of my week! She's a wonderful teacher. I highly recommend her if you're looking for a vocal coach."

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