I have been teaching voice lessons for the past 5 years. Some of my students have performed in local productions such as Roger and Hammerstein's Cinderella, and Fame. One of my students has also performed The National Anthem for two years at EBSL Championships as well.
I am able to help students learn how to sing classically and contemporary styles, work on stage presence and confidence, breath control for performance, and teach basic music theory as well.
I have also been conducting a children's choir at my church for the past 6 years. This choir has performed at local retirement homes as well as during special services for church.
I have performed at Carnegie Hall twice, as well as Lincoln Center. I have also had the privilege of performing with my choir with Andrea Bocelli at the SAP Center in San Jose in 2012. We will be performing with Andrea Bocelli again in June!
I am currently an undergrad at San Jose State University majoring in music education with an emphasis in voice. I am hoping to graduate by this coming fall, and then go straight into my teaching credential.
This is where I currently work while I am teaching voice lessons. I have a piano as well as a heater in case it is cold, a mirror so my students can see what facial expressions they need to make for particular musical phrases, a bookshelf filled with my own repertoire that is appropriate for all age levels. I ask that my students bring a water bottle, a pencil, a binder with their music, and a recording device to all lessons.
I help with church choir rehearsals, as well as attend a separate ensemble rehearsal. This is more of a scholarship, and I get paid to sing! A choral scholar is expected to attend each rehearsal, be good mentors to those who are part of the choir, and sing every Sunday morning at the 11am service.
For the past 6 years, I have been a children's choir director. I have been directing this choir since my senior year in high school. With this choir, I teach them the basics of rhythms, pitches, music games, as well as getting ready for performances at local retirement homes and for Sunday services. Many of the kids say that they absolutely love singing with this choir, and have become regular members of the church through this outreach.
I was a swim coach for my local swim team. I use to swim competitively for 9 years, and then graduated from the team. My coach asked me to come back to coach the 8 and under boys and girls. It was an absolute joy to work with these kids, and I taught them the fundamentals of each stroke, the importance of teamwork and how to work together. In my first year of coaching, we took 3rd place at the EBSL Championship, and my swimmers won awards for beating records.
I received a certificate after speaking in a panel discussion for CASMEC (California All State Music Educator's Conference) about how to start up your own NAfME Chapter (National Association for Music Educators) at your college. I was able to work with other Collegiate Presidents from other colleges as well.
Founded in 1907, NAfME is among the world’s largest arts education organizations. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers.
Founded in 1959, the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) is a nonprofit music-education organization whose expressed purposes outline the associations dedication to the advancement of choral music. The mission of ACDA is to inspire excellence in choral music through education, performance, composition, and advocacy.