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I am a mezzo soprano with a bachelor and masters of music degree in vocal performance from the University of Houston. I am pursuing a career in opera while teaching private voice and piano lessons,
During my voice lessons I like to focus on developing the student's voice through a classical approach. By forming a strong foundation in healthy singing the student will be able to sing in various genres without strain to his/her voice.
In my piano lessons I use the series of method books, Piano Adventures, developed by Nancy and Randall Faber. Through these instructions the student will learn to read music as well as establish a proficiency for playing the piano.
*** Lesson Details ***
If you take lessons from me we will have fun while working hard. I develop my lessons around what I feel the student needs on that particular day.
In a voice lesson we might spend the entire time on technique exercises to strengthen the voice. We might also work on several songs with an emphasis on interpretation.
In regards my piano lessons, I generally stick to the curriculum, but will take the time to focus on the individual needs of the student.
I expect my students to practice at least 30 minutes a day for 5 days a week. Everyone learns at a different rate, but if the student practices regularly, he/she will see progress within a few months.
*** Studio Equipment ***
I have an upright piano in my studio as well as several music books. I expect my students to bring their music as well as their assignment book to every lesson.
*** Specialties ***
I specialize in a classical technique when it comes to teaching voice. I focus on proper breath support and a relaxed open larynx to produce a free, beautiful sound. I believe a classical foundation can be applied to any musical genre, with the result that you are singing in a healthy manner that will not damage your vocal chords, thus allowing for a longer singing career.
I am a staff singer in the alto section for the MDPC Sanctuary Choir. Along with two other mezzo sopranos, we help to lead the section in rehearsal and performance. Also, from time to time I am asked to sing solo pieces.
I frequently sing with this local opera company, either in the chorus, supporting, or leading roles.
I worked individually with students ages 11-18. We focused on establishing a healthy vocal production, as well as solo repertoire.
I was in charge the alto section during sectional rehearsals. As a cantor, I led the congregation in hymns and sung mass parts.
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As a beginner, I appreciate Lauraâs patience and thoroughness in teaching and explaining techniques. I really enjoy my lessons with her.