I am currently the Music Director for Sea World San Diego's shows Madagascar Live! Operation: Vacation and Shamu Christmas. 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 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.
I am on the Executive Board of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, (NATS), and a member of the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) and the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA). These organizations provide me with the tools to help you succeed in both singing and acting.
*** 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
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 Acting Technique 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.