I currently work as a Singer/Actor around San Diego and am a resident Music Director for SeaWorld San Diego. As an active actor and music director in San Diego I have worked with companies including Legoland, Sea World, San Diego Opera, Lyric at Birch, TAFFEE, San Diego International Fringe Festival, California Youth Conservatory, Martinis Above Fourth and have been a featured actor in two local indie films.
I have been immersed in music since the age of 5. Singing along to the radio and cassette tapes that my mom listened to in the car. I started training as a singer during my freshman year in high school and have performed in numerous musicals, concerts, and operas since.
I feel that performance is an integral part of piano and vocal education and will make sure that my students are given ample opportunity to perform, whether it be at an Open Mic Night, or I arrange a recital or musical production to nurture each of my student's performance abilities.
*** Lesson Details ***
First and foremost we need to have fun. Music is fun and so should the lessons be. When it comes to practice I recommend that students do spend time outside of the lessons practicing to ensure that they see results. If you choose to practice only while in the lesson you will get better but it will be at a slower pace.
I work with a variety of methods and concepts to ensure that I am building a solid understanding of music in my students. I work on intonation, proper breathing, sound placement, and making noise. Making noise is essential to sing. :-)
I teach classical repertoire and technique as well as Musical Theatre, Pop, Rock, Standards, Country, RnB,...you name it and I'll teach you how to sing it. The best part is that you will learn to sing in a manner that will not damage your instrument and will keep you singing for years to come.
Always wanted to act? I focus on helping my students build their characters, give realistic performance in a nurturing and collaborative environment. Come learn scenes, monologues and full roles to help you get the experience and skills needed to perform on stage, in film, television or commercials.
Piano students will work out of a technique book that will help build the foundation. Once basic skills are learned we will start to search out the specific music you are interested in playing. So if you love a song on the radio, keep notes and we'll learn it!
I am comfortable teaching:
Voice: Beginning to Professional
Acting: Beginning to Professional
Piano: Beginning to Intermediate
Trumpet: Beginning to Intermediate
*** Studio Equipment ***
Private office/studio in my home. Great space with great acoustics. Recording availability and internet access.
*** Specialties ***
I am not certified in any one technique but have extensive background in Speech Level Singing (SLS), classical technique, the Alexander Technique, The Body Mapping Method, and can teach Proper Musical Theatre Belting. I specialize in music from all genres and styles. I focus on developing a beautiful and unique sound for each student while maintaining a healthy, flexible voice.
I am trained in the Chubbuck Technique, Viewpoints, and Method Acting. I work with my students to better their understanding of the art of acting, and the power they have as a person and performer.
For piano lessons I am best with Beginners. I specialize in working with students who are just learning about music and want to learn the basics of piano. I am comfortable working with all ages of beginning piano student. And can work with Singing students who are interested in also accompanying themselves.
Oversee day to day operation of non-profit business. Work with local theater and film companies to create opportunities for local actors to shine. Produce workshops and small productions to help enhance acting skills of local performers.
Oversee contract negotiations for outside talent including Will Champlin and Katriz Trinidad from NBC's The Voice andThe Philharmonic from NBC's The Sing-Off! and Pitch Perfect 2. Oversee creative and logistical operation of SeaWorld special, private, and park-wide events. Maintain shows within my venue, Maintain quality of performance space through cross departmental maintenance logs and updates, oversee day to day operation of the Mission Bay Theatre
Worked alongside fellow Actors Equity members to teach young actors the ins and outs of the industry while also performing along side of them in Stephen Sondheim's "Into the Woods"
Actors' Equity Association, founded in 1913, is the labor union that represents more than 49,000 Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society.
The MTNA was founded in 1876 with the goal of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.
An American labor union that represents 8,000 current and retired opera singers, ballet and other dancers, opera directors, backstage production personnel at opera and dance companies, and figure skaters.
Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America (also known as Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Phi Mu Alpha, or simply Sinfonia) is an American collegiate social fraternity for men with a special interest in music. The fraternity is open to men "who, through a love for music, can assist in the fulfillment of [its] Object and ideals either by adopting music as a profession, or by working to advance the cause of music in America."