Billy Lawley
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Billy Lawley

Billy L.

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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
How is Billy unique as a Music Instructor?



Billy has fifteen years of experience teaching private voice and piano.

Billy has a degree in Music Therapy and has significant experience working with students who have special needs.

Billy has worked with students as young as 4 years and as old as 75 years. He can teach students of any age.

Billy has significant professional training in both opera and musical theater, as well as a strong understanding of popular music. Billy can focus on the musical taste of the student during any voice or piano lesson.

Billy has Classical training on piano but also can teach students to use lead sheets to play popular music.

Billy truly has the experience to teach a diverse range of students with a variety of musical needs!

About Billy L.

Billy Lawley began playing piano at the age of 5 and began singing at the age of 15, after which he continued his classical vocal studies at Southern Methodist University.

Billy previously was employed as an Elementary Music Instructor in the Dallas Independent School District. His accolades as an educator include Teacher of the Year for the 2009--2010 school year as well as Director of the All City Elementary Honor Choir in Dallas. He currently works with the San Francisco Opera Guild providing music education services in local schools in creating operettas based on either curriculum or challenges faced every day in the students' communities.

In addition to teaching, Billy has performed in musicals with numerous theaters in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. He enjoys singing with the San Francisco Opera Chorus and has performed in Götterdämmerung, the final opera of Richard Wagner's Ring Cycle, during the summer of 2018 as well as Billy Budd by Benjamin Britten in the fall of 2019. He also presents opera for students through the Livermore Valley Opera School Outreach Program and performed with The Bracebridge Dinner at Yosemite during the holiday season of 2019.

Billy has a degree in Music Therapy and has experience using music to reach children and adults that have individualized health needs.

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Experience

Opera Educator
Feb 2017 - Present

Livermore Valley Opera

Livermore Valley Opera visits schools and exposes the young generation to the art of opera. This last year, Livermore Valley Opera visited fifteen elementary schools in the East Bay of northern California.

Teaching Artist
Aug 2014 - Present

San Francisco Opera Guild

Students engage with curriculum in new ways as they bring literature to life through music and theater. Using interpretative skills and their own imaginative voices, they write scenes and songs, design and rehearse their work, and perform for their classmates in a culminating performance.

Voice and Piano Instructor
Apr 2014 - Present

WILLIAM LAWLEY INC.

Students are provided the opportunity to develop their skills as singers through individual instruction. Through voice lessons, the foundational importance of proper breathing is introduced as well as the importance of a relaxed body, clarity of tone, and an open sound. The lesson is structured around the age of the student, also realizing the style of music that is preferable for the individual singer. Playing the piano is an excellent opportunity for students to develop skills in reading music. Musicality is also encouraged after learning the foundational principles on the piano in progressing as a pianist and musician. If a student does not show a strong interest in reading music, learning to play lead sheets for popular music is also encouraged.

Opera Chorus
May 2018 - Sep 2019

San Francisco Opera

Billy has enjoyed singing with the San Francisco Opera Chorus and has performed in Götterdämmerung, the final opera of Richard Wagner's Ring Cycle, during the summer of 2018 as well as Billy Budd by Benjamin Britten in the fall of 2019.

Elementary Music Insructor
Aug 2007 - Jun 2012

Dallas Independent School District

Billy's accolades as an educator include Teacher of the Year for the 2009--2010 school year as well as Director of the All City Elementary Honor Choir in Dallas.

Education

Bachelor of Music
Aug 1999 - Aug 2004

Southern Methodist University

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Spanish

Professional Proficiency

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