Opera and Musical theatre are my areas of most expertise, but I also have dabbled in vocal jazz and pop. I believe that music should be a part of everyone's life, and that someone in any career path and line of work can benefit greatly from an education in music and the arts. I have been teaching private voice lessons for four years, and have previously been a beginning piano teacher for children as well as an academic tutor and camp counselor. I love teaching and sharing the knowledge and love for music I have with others!
Piano: I teach beginning piano to kids and adults of all ages
Voice: I teach ages 12+ (if a child is under 12 and is interested in singing, I am willing to teach them some piano and music theory and incorporate singing, but full voice lessons under 12 is unhealthy for their developing voices). I am particularly interested in teaching late middle school and high school aged students who are motivated about developing their singing skills. I am happy to teach beginning adults, however keep the genres I am most comfortable with in mind!
Here's a little more about myself:
Becky is an accomplished and well rounded musician. She holds a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Rice University's prestigious Shepherd School of Music and a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from DePaul University where she studied with Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano, Jane Bunnell. She has a background in not only classical voice and opera, but also in musical theatre, piano, and flute. She is originally from Chicago.
Her diverse recent operatic engagements include:
Lauretta in Puccini's "Gianni Schicchi"
Dalinda in Handel's "Ariodante"
Castrato in John Musto's "Volpone"
Adele in Johann Strauss's 'Die Fledermaus'
Minerva in Monteverdi's 'Il ritorno d'Ulise in Patria'
Yum-Yum in Gilbert & Sullivan's ' The Mikado'
She has appeared in Musical Theatre productions as:
Julie in 'Carousel'
Marian in 'The Music Man'
Glinda in 'The Wizard of Oz'
*** Lesson Details ***
In my own life as a musician, I strive for structure in my lessons and practicing, and therefore I want to instill that into my students. I find that routine is extremely important in gaining the most from your lesson and practicing time, and within that structure is where you find the wiggle room to explore new paths to your goals, and ways of thinking about how you produce your sound.
Your lesson with me is a safe environment. Singing is a VERY personal thing and you should never being afraid of making a weird or "ugly" sound. It's part of the process! I am completely open to any thoughts, suggestions, and concerns you may have. The relationship you have with your teacher is a very important one, and you need to be able to trust one another and work together in order to achieve your success!
After you've had a few lessons with me, you should have a structure and plan with which you practice and we conduct our lessons, while feeling free to improvise, and explore new ideas and rep.
*** Studio Equipment ***
High-end full keyboard with weighted keys and three pedals, piano bench, music stand, mirrors and sofa.
*** Travel Equipment ***
Students need to have a piano or a keyboard of fairly good quality. If they have music they would like to work on, that's great. I will provide some music, but I might ask them to purchase or find their own music occasionally. If they want to provide a pianist, that is fine, otherwise I can play at an intermediate level.
*** Specialties ***
I specialize in classical/opera singing but also have acting and musical theatre in my background.