Erin's teaching philosophy falls between technique and artistry, structure and creative freedom, a delicate balance which is a key to successful instruction in the performing arts. Students are encouraged to use theatre and music as an outlet for personal expression, healing, processing difficult topics, and channeling creative energies.
Erin remains an active performer while teaching, as the “teaching artist model” is truly the most beneficial to students. It is essential that teaching professionals remain on the cutting edge of industry trends and bring external resources back to their students.
Erin holds a B.A. from University of Minnesota in Vocal Performance, a M.A. in Education from National University, and has been teaching since 2007. Erin is an active performer, educator and entrepreneur whose participation in the vocal arts and theatre community has a wide span. Solo and ensemble performances include "Le Nozze di Figaro," "Rent," "The Mikado," "Heidi," "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," choral performances with the San Diego Symphony, Sacra Profana, private events and jazz/cabaret shows. Erin has taught in private, community, and K-12 settings, including Gymboree, Young Audiences of San Diego, Junior Theatre of Balboa Park, San Diego Unified School District, and Cajon Valley School District. In 2007 Erin founded Prodigy School of Arts, a school for the visual and performing arts in La Jolla, CA, which she sold to new ownership in 2013. Erin's teaching methodology is a holistic approach to singing, speaking and acting, engaging the entire body as an instrument, and connecting emotion to storytelling through music. In her spare time Erin enjoys surfing, yoga, travel, languages, and dance in her spare time.
Associate director for high school musical theatre productions Point Loma High School, Clairemont High School, and Thurgood Marshall Middle School. Responsibilities include music direction of all solo and ensemble numbers, accompaniment, orchestral and/or choral integration, digital track alignment, foundational vocal training, scene study and character development.
Group and private instructor for piano, vocals, speaking and acting.
Instrumental, vocal, and acting instruction for public school settings, including music history, theory, instrumental technique, scene and song study, and cross-curriculum lessons.
Classroom instructor for ages 6 months to 4 years, in music and art classes designed for Mommy-and-Me.
Curriculum design and classroom instruction for musical theatre summer camps, ages 5-17. Vocal training, music theory, scene study, character development, choreography, staging, and final presentation.
Preschool music instuction
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