- Teaches students:
- Ages 5+
- Teaching since:
- April 2004
I am a classically trained mezzo-soprano with a masters degree in music. My graduate work focused specifically on the science concerning the prepubescent voice and how to train it healthfully. I also studied both piano and guitar in college, in addition to a number of other instruments. I have worked with students of all ages and musical backgrounds. I have assisted punk rockers and preschoolers, as well as students who wish to attend Julliard, and I try to cater my teaching style to the needs, interests, age level and vocal health of each student.
*** Lesson Details ***
When working with students I try to help each student meet their individual musical goals. I endeavor to maintain an open, casual atmosphere in my studio where students are free to ask questions and make mistakes. A typical lesson consists of warm-up exercises, to build technique, and repertoire pieces, which are songs chosen based on the interests and needs of the student.
Warm-up exercises play an important part in developing good technique. They work hand in hand with repertoire. Practice is necessary to reap the full benefit of lessons. Students with disciplined and organized regular practice sessions make the most progress.
Not all students who take lessons will develop into superior, professional musicians. However, many of them will find that as a result of training they will be able to exhibit much more musical self-confidence. Many former students have found that this background has made them influential members in local bands, youth choirs, church choirs, community chamber ensembles, college music groups or musical theater organizations. In all cases, former students have gained a much deeper appreciation for all types of music. They have also developed much more self-confidence in front of large audiences.
The curriculum for a music lesson varies depending on the age, musical skill level and individual interests of each student. For example, an intermediate voice student who is in their teens, female and interested in pursuing musical theater will most likely use a book like "Musical Theater Anthology for Teens: Young Women's Edition." However, a five-year-old who is just beginning piano lessons will start out with something like the Primer Level of the Faber Piano Adventures' series.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Large practice rooms w/ piano and seating for parents
*** Travel Equipment ***
I will provide a music stand and metronome. I expect the student to provide a piano or keyboard.
*** Specialties ***
My area of specialization is classical singing, primarily including arias and art songs. I am especially familiar with the Vaccai Method, but I tend to use elements from a variety of methods when teaching.