I will teach you the basics of Broadway singing, including how to safely project your voice to an audience. As part of your training I will help you prepare for auditions and prepare roles for which you are chosen. One of my young students was just awarded one of the lead roles for the 2014 Music Circus production of Mary Poppins. I also prepared singers for roles in local productions of Annie and Wizard of Oz in 2012 and 2013.
I have performed leading roles in Music Man, South Pacific, Sound of Music, and Oklahoma and have sung songs from Kismet, Show Boat, Porgy and Bess, Lady Be Good, West Side Story, My Fair Lady, Crazy Girl, Candide, God Spell, Cats, and Phantom of the Opera at venues throughout the Sacramento and Los Angeles areas.
Your lessons are designed to help you develop the skills and confidence you need to successfully perform in public. I work hard to prepare your lessons and I ask my students to invest daily time working on skills studied at their lessons. Performing music requires the patient integration of multiple skills over time, however, the rewards are BIG.
I continually update my teaching methods by attending workshops and master classes and I incorporate my knowledge of human anatomy and function, to help you perform with minimal strain. Also, I incorporate internet resources in your lessons to keep them interesting and up to date.
What will your lessons be like?
At your first lesson we will explore and name the parts of your instrument (voice or cello). We'll talk about what you would like to learn, set attainable goals and select songs that you will be successful learning.
In subsequent lessons you will warm up with scales and exercises, using common intervals with basic rhythms to improve your technical abilities and gain musical skills and knowledge, such as hearing pitches and intervals and keeping with the beat. This will also help you learn to read music.
Singers will learn to use breathing to coordinate with your vocal folds to make a beautiful tone and sing on pitch, relax your throat and tongue to create resonant chambers, shape your mouth and tongue to color the tone, and use your tongue and lips to form the words.
Cellists will learn to transfer your body weight into your cello to produce a mellow tone, placing your hands and arms on the cello and bow in a relaxed and balanced manner to allow you to play smoothly and in tune and to prepare you to produce a lovely vibrato. Since cellos don't have frets, you will also learn to locate each note on the cello but just a few notes at a time - until you know them all.
You will learn to use your technical skills and knowledge to create musical phrases that sound beautiful and authentic and are fun to perform and listen to. You will need to practice simple skills and phrases repeatedly until they become habit. I will lend you my kind and patient support to help you through the bumps in the road.
Not sure how to practice at home?
To support your practice at home you will: Receive a recording of each lesson to practice with; Learn simple exercises you can do at home; Learn to create and use simple backup tracks of your songs to learn to hear rhythm and harmony; Learn how to use your computer at home to get feedback for pitch, and tone quality.
Nervous about performing?
When you are comfortable you will have three opportunities per year to perform in student programs performing for friends and families.
You will have opportunities to participate and perform in workshops which include performance opportunities, lectures, demonstrations and Master Classes with nationally recognized teachers and performers. And students can earn Certificate of Merit which are recognized by universities.
Choir member and soloist
50 member University Choir Sept 2003-June 2006, Sept 2012-May 2013
16 member Capella Antiqua Feb 2014-Present
Sacramento May, 2009-Present
Private singing instruction ages 11-60+
Opera, Broadway, Jazz, Rock, Pop
Private cello instruction ages 16-60+
San Francisco Oct 1966-June 1972
Private singing instruction ages 14-20
Choir, Broadway, Classical singing lessons
East Los Angeles Settlement House Oct 1976-June 1972
Private singing and cello instruction ages 10-18
Classical, Opera and Broadway
Performed leading roles in operas including Gianni Schicchi, Magic Flute, Sir John in Love, Orpheus in the Underworld,Hansel and Gretel, La Boheme, Romeo and Julliette.
Sang in opera chorus - Pasadena Opera
Sing opera arias in private venues in Sacramento area
Played cello in the orchestra and in chamber music with small mixed groups of musicians
Played string bass and baritone horn in dance, concert and marching bands
Participated in weekly choir rehearsal with Sunday service, Bi-monthly solo/duets
Bi-yearly performances of choral works with profession orchestra - section leader and soloist, including works by Bach, Brahms, Saint-Saens, Mendelssohn, Haydn, Handel, Faure, Mozart
Soloist at Bellflower, La Canada and San Mateo Christian Science Churchs
Sang a contemplative solo at weekly services, led congregational hymns
Taught singing and prepared students for roles in Annie and Wizard of Oz - ages 7-18
Podiatry services - including evaluation and treatment of chronic and acute injury
Teaching Credential for Anatomy and Physiology
Founded in 1944, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Inc. (NATS) is the largest professional association of teachers of singing in the world with more than 7,000 members worldwide.