My name is Erin, and I'm a professional brass instrumentalist and singer who has been gigging and teaching lessons in the metro area for more than ten years.
I am completing a degree in music performance at Wayne State University, with a focus on French horn performance and a secondary focus in classical singing.
*** Lesson Details ***
Brass instruments are more difficult than most music lovers are aware; the question I'm most asked by beginners, is: "It only has three buttons; does it play more than three notes?" As your instructor, I can help you access the power and control in your embouchure to achieve accurate notes and a clear tone throughout the practical range of your instrument. We'll also work on ear training, so that not only is every partial correct every time, but you'll be able to listen in to the predominant pitch of your band and orchestra and play in tune more often! In the first six months, we'll prepare a solo from the classical repertoire that you can use for school and chair auditions, band festivals or performance opportunities.
In addition to brass instruments, I also offer voice training. When we begin vocal lessons, I'll want to know about your musical background: your preferences and passions. Whether your dream is to become the next Reality Show Idol or to serenade teary-eyed fans with golden country oldies at the Grand Ole Opry, I can help you train your voice to produce the warmest tone and most accurate pitch. I can help you learn the fundamentals of singing using classic methods, then we can apply those basics to get you performing your favorite music in front of an audience.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Computer with recording and instant playback capability
Printer and CD burner for making instant home practice materials
Six octave Casio keyboard
Separate quiet seating area for parents and chaperons
Tools and supplies for quick instrument repairs
*** Specialties ***
I specialize in classical horn solo and orchestral repertory literature, along with popular works for military band (Holst, Grainger, Anderson, Swearingen, et al). In lessons, I stress basics of embouchure and breath support, as well as rhythm and pitch exercises. With that as a foundation, a musician will have an easier time adapting to a variety of styles.