Music can be found in every part of the world in every culture and there is nothing better than to be able to make your own music. I am a dramatic soprano and possess my master's degree in vocal performance and am still active as an opera singer around the country. I have a real passion for music and enjoy opening the doors for you to have the same enjoyment; and if we hit a road block there are always windows that can be opened! I have taken music lessons since I was five, so I am familiar with the trials and tribulations faced at all levels by music students and I have the patience and ability to work with you to achieve your musical goals. I have worked as a private teacher for several years with students as young as five and as old as mid-eighties and believe all that is required for a stellar music student is the desire to learn and the right environment.
*** Recommended Age ***
Piano: 6 and up
Voice: 12 and up
Remember, everyone is different. However, I find that children who are at least 6 years old for piano and 12 years old for voice do best (meaning they get the most from lessons and enjoy the lesson process more). With that said, I do have piano students who started at 4.5. So long as there is interest there and parental expectations are in line with the age, anyone can benefit from music lessons. If you have questions specific to your child, please do not hesitate to contact me so we can discuss it.
My approach to singing is from a holistic perspective focusing on the physics of how sound is made. My approach may be very different from what you've ever done, but if you join me on the journey, you will find you have never produced sound easier. With this in mind, I recommend children take piano first to learn theory and basic musicality. Singing is much more difficult, and learning to sing with a healthy approach can be boring and sometimes frustrating for children. I may make exceptions, however, I will typically only accept children who are at least 12 years old. Feel free to contact me if you would like to discuss this.
*** Lesson Details ***
Music should be, first and foremost, fun. During lessons with me, students can expect someone who is willing to put forth every bit as much effort as you do. It is my goal to make every lesson productive even if no practicing was done during the week prior. I view it as my responsibility to help you ignite your desire to work so I work hard to be a motivating factor.
What to expect for your first lesson:
The first lesson is not an audition, but rather a get to know each other session.
---For voice students we will begin with some warm-ups so I can get a feel for your voice which will allow me to tailor your program for your specific needs and goals. We may also sing through a song you know or something standard (like Jingle Bells or Happy Birthday) so I can get a sense of what will best suit your voice. After this, I encourage you to bring a song you've worked on previously so I can get even more of an understanding of where you are at vocally.
---For piano students we will start with some basic discussion on how to sit at the piano, where middle C is, some simple finger placement and body mechanics, and then some basic songs.
I tailor my curriculum to meet my students' needs. I enjoy the Alfred methods for beginning theory and piano for both adults and children. If a student already has books that have been used previously, I will work with those and provide supplemental materials as necessary. Each student requires a different curriculum to blossom to full potential.
A typical lesson will include theory, warm-ups/scales, and working on repertoire.
I hope that you will consider voice or piano lessons for yourself or for a family member or friend. I tailor lessons to individual students and will make them fun and worthwhile.
*** Specialties ***
I am classically trained in voice so I focus on a healthy sound that will last lifelong.
I am able to help with diction and phonetics for singers in English, German, Spanish, Italian, and French as well as some Russian, Czech, and Polish.
I have an associate's degree in early childhood education and I am comfortable working with children as young as 3 in certain cases. Please know that learning to read music will progress slower than it would with an older child, however setting the foundation with music this early helps children throughout their entire education and beyond.
*** Travel Equipment ***
For lessons in your home, I need access to a piano or full size keyboard.
*** Alternative Medicine ***
I am finishing my first year of study towards my doctor of naturopathy degree and have taken several courses from second, third, and fourth years.
*** Notes ***
I have two dogs and three cats. If you are allergic, we will not be able to work in my studio. We can work in your home or online, however.
Founded in 1944, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Inc. (NATS) is the largest professional association of teachers of singing in the world with more than 7,000 members worldwide.