Kendra is a recent graduate of the Eastman School of Music, where she studied voice and music education. Having taught all ages both privately and in the public schools, Kendra is passionate about helping voice, piano, music theory, and acting students of all ages and ability levels explore music, improve their skills, and reach their goals.
She is an active performer and has had advanced training in opera, musical theater, pop, and jazz styles of singing as well as classical piano and classical acting. She is constantly aiming to sharpen her own skill set so as to better serve her students. She teaches privately out of her home in downtown Rochester and runs the music ministry at one of Rochester's local churches.
*** Lesson Details ***
Kendra is patient, encouraging, and goal-oriented as a teacher. Lessons can be tailored to whatever you desire from them- whether it be college vocal audition preparation, learning how to play "happy birthday" on the piano, reviewing music theory skills learned years ago, setting up a basis for musical appreciation, or preparing for a school play audition. I am here to help you in whatever ways you need!
Some of the curricula that I teach are:
Alfred Basic Piano and Music Theory Methods
Stanislavsky/Meisner acting system
Lamperti, Marchesi, and Vaccaj vocal exercises
...as well as drawing from a diverse repertoire of music and theater pieces. Please feel free to contact me for more information.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Seating for parents, living room, piano,
*** Travel Equipment ***
For voice and piano students, I expect any student being taught in their home to have a piano. For acting and music theory students, there is no equipment required.
*** Specialties ***
Voice: I believe all styles of vocal singing should start with a solid bel canto technique. From this, one can learn how to use the breath, placement, and tone effectively and particularly to suit a wide range of styles. I am committed to maintaining healthy singing practices throughout all styles of music and in fostering intelligent, motivated, self-aware singers. I am a highly kinesthetic teacher, and also use improvisation in my teaching.
Piano: For beginning students, I use the Alfred piano method as an additive process for developing healthy, relaxed technique. My piano teaching is focused mainly on classical repertoire.
Acting: I coach monologues, scenes, the speaking voice, and character analysis for singing using methods based on the Stanislavsky and Meisner systems. I also use some of these exercises to coach the speaking voice.