The joy of music is for everyone (and I mean *everyone*)! Music lessons can enrich your life immeasurably, whether pursuing them for professional or recreational reasons. I'm grateful to have the ability and tools to help people realize these benefits.
I draw on my experience as a professional classical singer and actor, my teaching background in various areas (Feldenkrais, Music Together, general music, theatre, yoga, fitness, literature, etc.), and my own training in classical singing, musical theater, acting, and various methods of body work.
I strive to create a working environment where students can take risks, learn to challenge themselves, and find increased joy and freedom in expression. Self-awareness/body-awareness, relaxation, and nurturing of individuality are emphasized above all. I have worked with students of all ages, people who think they are tone deaf or "not-musical", and some with special needs. So let me know your situation - no matter who you are or what experience you have or lack, I believe you can make progress and learn to enjoy making your own music.
Though I have a long background in performing arts and performing arts education, my teaching philosophies and techniques draw primarily from my study of movement and mindfulness through disciplines such as yoga, and especially the Feldenkrais Method, "a remarkable approach to human movement, learning and change... based on sound principles of physics, neurology and physiology, and the conditions under which the nervous system learns best." (The Feldenkrais Institute, NY, NY, 2013).
- Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement Teacher
- Feldenkrais Practitioner Training Program certification in process
- Bachelor of Music, Highest Honors, SUNY Binghamton
- Professional singing in the US and Europe
- Professional acting throughout the US, theater and film (member of SAG-AFTRA and AEA)
- 100+ hours of YA approved yoga teacher training
- Eclectic studies in voice and body work (Linklater, various dance styles, Kinetic Awareness, Tai Chi, Beijing Opera techniques)
- Kids/family music teacher certified by Music Together (an amazing, international, research-based program)
- Teaching artist (opera, chorus, musical theater, acting/improv, mindfulness) at schools around NYC - Bronx High School for Law and Finanace, PS 129, Yorkville East MS, Baruch MS, Anderson MS, PS 3
- Former fitness instructor
Finding mastery and flow in singing and playing music feels like flying. But we have to start from the ground up. The stronger the foundation, the higher you fly. Let's get started!
Teaching opera to elementary school kids in Harlem. Kids learn the basics of singing and stagecraft and get to sing chorus in a professional opera production mounted in their own school! An amazing program I'm extremely proud to be part of.
Certified Music Together teacher, bringing the joy of music to kids and families, teaching the foundations of tonal and rhythmic competency.
I've sung leading and supporting roles with several of NYCs opera companies. Concerts in the US, Italy and Spain.
Long background in professional acting. Theater, film and commercial work. Recently seen Off-Broadway at Theatre Row, and I am in a couple of indie films now in post production.
Teaching group Feldenkrais classes to senior citizens. This healing movement modality improves neuromuscular function, relaxation, coordination, concentration, and reduces pain - among other things!
Teaching preschool music classes
Middle school afterschool teacher - chorus, acting/improv, mindfulness
Voice lessons (all levels)
Piano lessons (beginner-intermediate)
Guitar lessons (beginner)
Students aged 5-19
Taught a for-credit course for upperclassmen on opera and beginning singing and acting techniques.
Teaching families/children the building blocks of music in a group setting.
An American labor union representing over 160,000 film and television principal and background performers, journalists, and radio personalities worldwide.
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