I believe that a good teacher helps students teach themselves. Most of a student’s learning will be done on his or her own at home or in a practice room, so a teacher must give them the necessary tools to succeed, as well as constant support and encouragement. I graduated from the Eastman School of Music with a Bachelor's in Vocal Performance, and from Penn State with a Master's in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy. I have been teaching all levels of voice, and beginning/intermediate piano for almost ten years. I also have extensive experience working with special needs students. My goal is to teach healthy, grounded singing, no matter what musical style my students are interested in pursuing. I focus on balanced and centered body alignment, accurate body mapping, an easy breathing technique, and vibrancy/flexibility in sound. If there is unnecessary tension or problems in these areas, this can hold students back from truly enjoying singing.
I was the general music teacher for all students who attended the school. Most of my students were visually impaired, so I learned Braille and some Braille music. I also have some American Sign Language skills, and I have worked with a broad range of students with special needs.
I taught many of the music and drama classes offered at the non-profit center "Arts for All," which provides after school programs and an adult day program for kids and adults with special needs.
I am certified to teach grades 6-12 in the state of Arizona, and I hold a current fingerprint clearance card.
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