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I am a musician/ singer / songwriter/ music educator and I moved to Brooklyn in 2006! I currently hold three NYS teaching certifications (in Music Education K-12, Childhood Education 1-6, and Students with Disabilities 1-6). I attained a Bachelor of Music Degree from University of Miami where I majored in Vocal Jazz Performance and minored in Jazz Piano. The University of Miami provided incredible opportunities for me to study and perform with jazz greats such as Kevin Mahogany and Kurt Elling. I am so appreciative to everyone I met there because it really molded me and prepared me for a professional career in music.
I received a Master of Science in Education Degree from CUNY Brooklyn College where I dually majored in Childhood Education (grades 1-6) and Students with Disabilities (grades 1-6). I ascertained a Master of Music Education Degree from Teachers College, Columbia University. I currently teach at an elementary school in Brooklyn, although I have experience teaching vocal and piano students of all ages. As a Music Educator, I teach General Music, direct Chorus, create/produce/direct two musical productions every year and help my 5th grade students prepare for their junior high talent tests...all while having the honor of teaching private lessons to students for whom I can scaffold individualized instruction.
I have over 20 years of professional performing experience: since the age of nine, I have been performing and recording music. By the age of 14, I released two albums in the USA and Canada. I have a plethora of training and knowledge in all areas of performance and the music industry. My experience, education, and abilities as a musician enable me to motivate and support my students in reaching levels far beyond their goals and expectations.
*** Lesson Details ***
I am a very passionate teacher, as I am passionate about our art. I believe in scaffolding lessons in order to meet the needs of my students. Each lesson will be driven to meet my students needs/ goals. Students of mine will be expected to practice each week and complete special assignments that will help them grow as artists. These assignments will be interesting and useful. Our lesson structure will always begin with tailored vocal exercises, then we will work on personal repertoire, followed by a reflection portion at the end. Students will be expected to keep all lesson materials in a 3-ring binder. Oh, and I have a beautiful musical space for us to work together!
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SINGING of allll types! Commercial Singing (r&b, pop, rock, etc), Jazz, and Musical Theatre are some genres/areas in which I specialize. Also, I am a songwriter so I can support my students in that area as well.
As an elementary school teacher, I feel very strongly about life-long learning. There is always some new information that can help everyone, at some time or another. I hope and feel that my students feel my enthusiasm that I feel about education. I feel that each of my teachers, from Kindergarten through high school, college and beyond have helped me be the person that I am today. I know that is true because, early in my life, in 2nd grade, I knew that I was called to be a teacher. Every year that I teach, I still am very excited about helping children learn.
I have been providing private lessons and services in music and the arts for over a decade. I love my job! My philosophy of teaching is as follows: "Express your soul. Perfect your skill. Transform your world." I believe that every individual has something worth saying and the capacity to make a unique impact on the world. However, the better skilled one is, the more profound and extensive this impact will be. I am here to help you be a better you, through music and the arts!
I have a Bachelors Degree in Music Education. Over the past decade, I have taught private music lessons, performed in international and classical music groups, scored the music for professional films and served as a piano accompanist to choirs and soloists. I have also worked as a paper crafter for wedding needs and my work has been sold in craft stores.
I would be delighted to work with you.
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