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MM, Mercer University, Choral Conducting BA, King university, Music Education and Vocal Performance Kodaly Level One Certification, James Madison University
2012 - Professional Theater Experience, Barter Theater 2010 - ACDA Student Conductor Award
A lot of musicians are jacks of all trades, learning multiple instruments. But the only thing I ever cared about growing up was singing. I sang as a kid with my mom. I sang in middle school and high school choir. Singing got me a scholarship to college. I graduated from King University with a double major in Music Education and Vocal Performance. I sang in multiple musical theater productions. I sang with the choir in Carnige Hall in New York City twice. I went over sees to The Festival of the Aegean in Greece. And then that passion took me to get a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from Mercer University. A lot of musicians are jacks of all trades, but I have specialized in mastery of the voice for the past fifteen years. And the one thing I love more than singing is teaching others how to use their voices.
I started teaching before I got out of college. My training in music education taught me the fundamentals of how the learning process works. And actually applying those skills in my lessons helped me be confident early on. I have been teaching choir and voice for the past ten years, while still studying and perfecting my craft as well. I have experience singing the highest levels of high school, college, church, and community choirs. I understand the college audition process and where singing can take you. I have performed dozens of recitals, learning the best Broadway and Classical music for developing the voice. I have sing on stage in professional theaters. I have been a soloist for choral major works. But through it all, I have taught. And I have perfected my craft. Whatever your passions and goals are with your voice, I've been there. And I want to help you succeed.
We start by getting to know each other. The voice is the must intimate of instruments, and there is a lot you can do with it. What are your goals? What are your concerns? What do YOU want from our time together? Then we will explore where your current level is. And that can be wildly different in different criteria. Every voice is unique. I've taught students that can't match pitch yet. They have to have a different plan than the student who is recovering from vocal damage. Everything must be tailored to the individual voice. The bulk of what we do is going to be vocalizing and technique, teaching you how to use your voice is the best way for your goals. Secondarily, we will focus on repertoire. I will help you find the most appropriate music for learning, as well as performance for your goals. I will also teach you how to pronounce in other languages, how to read music, music theory, music history, or any other knowledge or skills you may need on your journey.
When I know what you want, I will map a finish line in my head. Here is where you want to be. However, when and how we get to that finish line is not something we can script. Every single lesson is a new adventure of discovering aspects of your instrument, problem-solving different hang-ups, and slowly moving forward in the different aspects of vocal music. We don't wish for the future. We tackle every day, one at a time, building up slowly, until we eventually just arrive there. This is a slow road, but I'm here to help guide you through this journey.
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