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As a younger brother at the age of five, I began studying the piano because my older sister did. After my foundation in music strengthened I fell in love with the trumpet. At first, each note took time to develop and I enjoyed the challenge. The trumpet allowed me to travel all over the Southeast later in life and even to China with a 1940's Radio Show. I enjoyed many top-level bands the kindled my love and passion for good music. I want to share that kindling with my students in a nurturing and guiding situation, just like my teachers gave me. I used to go to lessons and become so motivated and inspired that I thought I could change the world. I always knew that I would want to give back exactly that. As my performance opportunities grew into venues like Churchill ...
I went to Sarah Lawrence College from 1983 to 1987 and studied early music, chamber improvisation and composition. I also attended Berklee School of Music from 1983 to 1984, and studied bass performance, ear training and arranging. My teachers have included Rick Laird (bass), Meyer Kupferman (composition, improvisation and theory), Karl Berger (improvisation), Michael Manring (bass), Adam Nitti (bass) and Chris Tarry (Bass). I was a guitar and bass instructor at School of Rock NYC from 2008 to 2009, and also a volunteer bass instructor at Gerald Veasley's Bass Boot Camp. I am currently an instructor at Come Join The Band which is an after school program that pairs pro musicians with kids to write original music . I have taught private bass, guitar and ear training/harmony lessons ...
I have produced concerts around the world, and I know what it takes to wow an audience! From stage craft to stage presence, I can hone you into a forceful and confident performer!
I have studied music since I was seven years old, and I have a real passion for sharing music with others. I have 2 bachelors degrees in music, (one in music education, one in performance) from Brooklyn College, and a masters degree from Manhattan School of Music. I perform regularly around the world, and I use my real world experience to hone in on what you need to accomplish your musical goals. I have spent substantial time in New York City Public School music classrooms assisting and teaching with fellow instructors, and my private students have gained awards and admission to regional and state honor groups.
I love teaching! As a lyric mezzo soprano and I have over fifteen years of experience teaching students of all ages. I especially enjoy working with students who are excited to learn about music, singing, and best of all performing! The thing I enjoy most about teaching is helping my students take risks and watching them grow as performers. I'm a hands on teacher with a keen eye and I encourage an open and honest dialogue in lessons. Recent performances include performances at Carnegie Hall,with the San Francisco Orchestra and Vienna Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera, Santa Fe Opera, and Central City Opera
I completed my Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance with a certificate in Music in Education from the New England Conservatory of music and completed a Master of Music in Opera Performance from the University of Maryland Opera Studio. I have performed in places such as the historic Jordan Hall, Avery Fischer Hall, Carnegie Hall, The Cornerstone Arts Center, the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center and the National Gallery of Art. I serve on the music teaching staff of both Highbridge Voices and the National Children's chorus in addition to maintaining an active private teaching studio and a busy international performing schedule.
I front the Disco Drag band Amerigogo, and I have worked as a performing artist in New York City for 8 years. I have also produced two Motown-style artists, so I have extensive studio experience.
I teach to inspire. What matters most to my students is being understood and understanding what heights they can reach. My job as a teacher is to inspire my students to learn not for learning's sake, but to reach their potential. As a multi instrumentalist and a biology student, I understand how to explain the material to a wide variety of learning styles. But more important than explaining a subject is making it interesting. Because I loved my school experiences growing up, I am now looking forward to sharing my passion for science with my students. Students require teachers who can provide a good example of how the information they are learning will help them in the real world. As a music therapist working in New York City, I have learned that what matters more than ...
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