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Levels: Beginner to Advanced
Ages: 5 & up
In-Home Lessons: Yes
In-Studio Lessons: Yes
Online Lessons: No
Subjects Taught In Person
Piano, Singing, Broadway Singing, Opera Voice
Loyola University New Orleans - Music Education - August 2005-May 2009 (Bachelor's degree received) Chicago College of Performing Arts - Vocal Performance - August 2010-present
I personally sing mostly classical and opera, but have a strong background (and love) of musical theater.
I think that it is important that students know what they want to achieve in their lessons. I am not going to get you ready to audition for American Idol after a month of voice lessons, so realistic goals are important.
It is my goal to allow you to reach your own "personal best." In most situations, I am able to hear things in your voice that you may not hear yourself. I will work with you to develop your best qualities as a singer. Within a month of taking lessons, you will be able to sing
noticeably easier and more comfortably. Within three months of taking lessons, you will be more aware of your capabilities as a singer.
With singers over age 7, voice lessons will be divided evenly between technique and warm-ups and working on specific songs. For younger singers, lessons will be very different, focusing on short lessons and games to learn basic musical concepts and have fun learning easy songs.
For piano students the lesson will consist of theory (learning how to read music), technique (learning how to play piano) and applying that information to pieces that they could eventually perform.
No matter your age, level, or instrument, the student who practices what they learn in lessons throughout the week will always progress faster than the student who doesn't practice.
My Background: I have five years of private teaching experience, and one year of teaching general music class at a Middle School. I have taught students ages 4-65, all of whom came from various musical backgrounds with a large range of interests and abilities. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and a Master in Music in Voice Performance.
I have had many teachers in the past few years as a result of the programs I have been part of and from each teacher I have learned a variety
of techniques to improve both my performances and the abilities of myself as a teacher. I am currently studying with Judith Haddon, a former Metropolitan Opera Soprano. I am always reading new information about vocal technique and musicianship so that I can be an educated and informed musician and teacher.
As a performer, my main focus is on Opera/Classical singing, but I have a lot of experience in Musical Theater. I am classically trained, which is the foundation for healthy singing in any genre. I have a lot of performance experience so I can help you to not only become a better singer, but a better performer, which is invaluable in auditions. I have performed roles in operas and musicals. Most recently I have performed as Susanna and Barbarina in Mozart's "Le Nozze di Figaro" and Olympia in Offenbach's "Les Contes d'Hoffman." In my musical theater experience I have played Sally Brown in “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” and Sonya in “Godspell.”
I am qualified to teach voice at all levels and piano for beginning to early intermediate level students. All students have the option to study both voice and piano with me if they wish to do so. Students who study piano while learning to sing are able to practice more efficiently, and will be more successful in an academic setting if they wish to pursue music at a higher level. Combined Piano and Vocal lessons are also helpful for younger students who may not have the attention span to sit through 30 minutes of one discipline.
In-Studio: Living room, electric piano, mirror for singers, space for waiting parents in same room
In-Home: For the first lesson I am equipped with any materials they may need, but eventually they will need to purchase their own music so that they are able to practice at home. I also prefer that my students to have a piano or keyboard in their home, especially for those who are studying piano with me.
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