I believe music is essential in education, as it teaches self-discipline, improves mental function, and enriches the soul. As a voice teacher, I believe in teaching healthy technique and opening doors to many genres, and fostering creativity and self-expression through composition. I encourage students to participate in choral and dramatic groups to hone their craft, as well as to help push them past their self-imposed limitations. As a cello teacher, I encourage involvement in orchestras and chamber groups, as they teach teamwork and develop listening skills. Music is such an incredible form of personal expression, and I aspire to help my students find their true musical voices and share them with others.
I have taught private music lessons since 1999. I am currently a music teacher for grades 7 through 12 at Westchester Country Day School in High Point, NC. There I conduct three choirs, teach Advanced Placement Music Theory, and teach general music (which includes basic guitar and piano).
I feel that performance is an integral part of music education and will make sure that my students are given ample opportunity to perform, whether it be at an Open Mic Night, as part of a choir or orchestra, or in a musical production to nurture each of my student's performance abilities.
First and foremost we need to have fun. Music is fun and so should the lessons be. When it comes to practice I expect students to spend time outside of the lessons practicing to ensure that they see results.
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, music theory, sight reading, and expression.
I am comfortable teaching:
Voice: Beginning to Professional (Ages 12 and up)
Cello: Beginning to Intermediate (Any age)
Piano: Beginning to Intermediate (Any age)
I have extensive background in classical technique, and teach proper, healthy belt technique as well. I am comfortable teaching 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 teach beginning and intermediate level cellists who either rent or own their own instrument. I encourage my students to join an orchestra or string ensemble, as there is no substitute for the experience of being part of a musical team. Cello students will work out of a technique book that will help build a solid foundation. Once basic skills are learned we will start to search out more advanced music.
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. I can also work with singing students who are interested in also accompanying themselves. Piano students will begin using a technique book that will help build basic skills. Once these are solid, 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.
Private music studio in my home with a Yamaha electric grand piano. I have built a small recording booth and equipment and software for quality recording and editing.
Conducting, choral music, AP Music Theory, general music including basic guitar and keyboard
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