- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate
Musical theater has been my passion and joy since I was a kid, belting along to my favorite divas (Heather Headley, Idina Menzel, and Bernadette Peters). For your voice, I want to give you the confidence and ability to sing anything from the backbone of technique. We'll go through excellent warm-up techniques, how to free your voice with alignment, and letting expression guide us. If your interests lie in opera and/or musical theater, we'll select repertoire based on roles and develop the whole picture, including assembling an audition book (my specialty).
Whatever your wants are, we can achieve them through the foundation of basic theory, music history (including with contemporary pieces), sight-singing, improvisational skills, breathing, and ear training, all driven by what YOU need in a relaxed environment!
- Teaches students:
- Ages 5+ and special needs
- Teaching since:
I am a professional singer, Shakespeare actor, and pianist that graduated from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale with a Music degree (which I attended on a full ride scholarship) where voice was my primary instrument and piano was my secondary. Currently, I am the assistant music director and alto section leader at a church while I pick up freelance gigs.
For you, I think the excitement and wonder in music all lie in finding deeper pieces of you. Instead of sticking only to classics, I encourage branching out of type and into the root of all the depth you can play, both on stage and on the bench.
Vocal styles: Broadway (specialty in assembling a "book" for auditions as well as audition prep); Classical/Opera (from art song to aria selection); Contemporary (I love me some Adele). We can achieve these styles through a foundation of breathing and technical exercises that will help you leap forward!
Piano styles: Classical, Baroque, Romantic (so many immortal composers have so many gems to explore!); Contemporary/Chords (for the rocker inside or for someone looking to gig). From improv to flying along the keys, we'll get there through a couple of technique books that are interesting (instead of dry scales) as well as practicing tips and tricks I have from over sixteen years of classical piano playing.