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MAT Performing Arts, College of Charleston, Choral Conducting BA, College of Charleston, Vocal Performance Artist Certificate, South Carolina Governors School for the Arts and Humanities, Vocal Performance
I am a very committed Vocal Performance and Piano Technique teacher. I graduated from the South Carolina Governors School for the Arts and Humanities in 2005, and have sent two students there myself since then. I received my Bachelors Degree in Vocal Performance from the College of Charleston in 2009 and then my Masters Degree in Choral Conducting in 2013 respectively. I moved to the Charlotte area where I am the Staff Soprano at St. Patricks Cathedral in Dillworth, a full time music education teacher, and am active in the performing community in the Greater Charlotte areas. I am also an avid student of Vocal Pedagogy, and have presented at State Music Educators Conference in 2013 and 2014.
I began teaching private voice students while I was still working on my Masters degree. I was the Concert Choir section leader in College and found leadership and spreading my love for music to be exhilarating! I encourage all of my students to set a reasonable practice schedule to get themselves into the habit of practicing and really reaching their full potential as a student. I accept recreational students as well as students who are looking towards a career in music in the future. I have had two students audition and be accepted for the South Carolina Governors School for the Arts as well as one student audition and be accepted into an Arts Magnet program in Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools.
I look at each student individually to assess their potential and goals before setting a book or particular study plan. Once the student has begun basic technique exercises, I assign book levels and vocal repertoire that fits their interests as well as matching what I feel the student needs to be working on. I approach children and adults with the same methods: 1)Find out what the student's goals are. 2)Assign repertoire/technique exercises. that will help them reach those goals while allowing me to teach them the skills they need to attain those goals
I love seeing students progress and grow a passion for music. I think that it is extremely important that a student have a working trust with their music teacher. Opening up and allowing oneself to be real and show another person your raw self is difficult for both adults and children alike. I try to develop a working relationship with all of my students so that when they walk through the door for their lesson, they know that they are safe to make mistakes without judgement. I tell all of my students "Quiet mistakes are mistakes I cannot fix, if you're going to make a mistake, own it! Then we can work on it to find out why it happened!"
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