My name is Alice, but I prefer to be called Al. I grew up working with music in the church, whether it was singing in the choir, playing hymn arrangements on piano, or guitar in the praise band. I have competed in vocal ensembles and have also written arrangements for them to perform. Under my direction, many singers have been brought out of the shower or up from the church pew to perform solos and sing harmony in small groups of singers. Although church was a main musical influence, I am also well-versed in classical, opera, rock, and many other genres. I earned my Bachelor’s degree in music from The College at Southeastern in Wake Forest in 2010, with my concentration in piano. In my time at Southeastern, I studied pieces from all eras of music history, from Baroque to Modern. I have also studied voice at the college level, and played bass guitar in a local rock band.
*** Lesson Details ***
Students can expect to experience an encouraging and supportive atmosphere as they work toward their goals in piano, voice, or music theory. They can expect to be challenged, but also to be provided with the tools needed to build or progress their skills. Each student has his/her own goals, and I like to take individual approaches with each of my students. Music is a universal language, but everyone understands it in his/her own way. During your first lesson, we will discuss your goals and choose a curriculum which will help you accomplish those. Additional pieces may be given as lessons progress to challenge the student or to showcase the skills he/she has acquired. Through study and practice, students will develop skills and knowledge in piano, voice, or music theory.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Home Location- full size upright piano
*** Travel Equipment ***
For piano and voice, I may provide some music, but students will be expected to build his/her own repertoire as well. A piano would be required for both piano or voice, and an accompanist may be required for voice. A voice instructor is not an accompanist. For music theory, the student will be expected to own his/her own textbook, and a piano or keyboard will be needed.
*** Specialties ***
I have studied vocal diction for English, Italian, and Spanish.