I have performed my whole life! I started with choir in Elementary School, and was in choir all throughout Middle School and High School. My show choir was featured on the pilot episode on Glee! I graduated from college with a degree in Classical vocal performance, and am classically trained. I love Musical Theatre, and a good Mariah Carey song, on any given day!
In college I had extensive theory training and took over 40 units of just Music theory including, ear training, and counterpoint.
I have performed in over 3 operas, and I think that performance is very important in all aspects of life!
I took piano for 10 years, and believe that piano is the foundation for any sort of musical training.
I have been teaching for about 3-4 years now and I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!!!! I can't imagine doing anything else.
*** Lesson Details ***
I always bring necessary materials to our first lesson. From there, I will assess where the student is at, and prescribe the proper methodology. I have an excellent selection of vocal books, and am willing to suggest other books that might be suitable.
I use 2 different methods for teaching piano. The Alfred Series or the Faber and Faber series. I will asses which will be necessary to for the student after our first lesson.
I am not a strict teacher, but I am not laid back either. I expect all of my students to practice at least 4-5 times a week. However, I do understand when unexpected life circumstances come up, and time does not permit one to practice.
For my piano students, after 3 months, you can expect to be reading music on the staff, and after 6 months, with practice you can expect to be playing music off the staff with hands together hopefully in the second level. :)
For vocal students, after 3-6 months, my students will have developed a healthier, better technique to singing. Hopefully we will have 3-5 songs in the students repertoire list, and he/she will gain a sense of confidence when singing out loud or in front of an audience.
Guitar students can expect to learn how to play their favorite pop song within 3 months.
ASL students will be able to participate in deaf conversation within 6-9 months. However, by the end of the first 3 months, students will be able to finger spell their names, as well as various greetings to introduce themselves, and start conversations with deaf people.
*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a piano at my home, as well as a plethora of vocal and piano repertoire.
*** Travel Equipment ***
Necessary supplementary curriculum for students to learn. I expect the students to have a piano or keyboard, ready to use for weekly lessons.
Keeping the lesson grounded, focused, with a clear objective, all while being fun, and engaging.
I worked with classroom teachers to provide music education that integrated with set curriculum. We would sing songs pertaining to holidays, as well as learn rhythms, and basic skills of sight reading.
I taught students from 4-50 the basics of piano and vocal techniques depending on what each student wanted to receive out of each lesson. I was in charge of scheduling all my students and making sure they paid on time, and practiced the curriculum every week.
o Teaching music in a studio setting
o Abiding by a set, suggested curriculum
o Organizing personal schedule of students
o Calling and responding to parents
o Adjusting teaching techniques to fit the needs of all students
I have recently graduated with a teaching credential in CA, which is valid in 46 other states to teach music to any grade level of students.