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Bachelor Degree: Utah State University
2015 Presidential Music Scholarship
The voice is the most personal of instruments and that is what I love about it! Singing takes courage but it creates beautiful connections between people and cultures. In my teaching I seek to connect with students and share with them a love of music to last throughout their lifetime. I am a classically trained vocalist and have been involved in many audition vocal competitions, choirs, and community musical theater. I have a broad musical background and have taken private voice, piano, viola, guitar, and handbell lessons.
I grew up in a musical household and took lessons in viola, piano, handbells, and guitar before I convinced my parents that voice was my true musical passion. I took voice lessons throughout middle school, high school, and majored in music my first year at college. I have taught many informal vocal lessons to friends and family, but am new to studio teaching! I am creative and enjoy finding new ways to help students reach their goals! I make an effort to offer positive feedback to students in addition to constructive criticism. As part of voice lessons I feel it is vital for students to progress in their understanding of music theory and am passionate about finding new ways to make this learning fun and interesting to students.
I create custom lessons for each student in my studio. It’s important to me that students feel they are progressions towards their goals and I prioritize that in my lesson planning. I typically give students 2 or 3 songs to practice at a time, and I always include a classical or folk art song, and a musical theater song. It is important to me that students enjoy the songs they sing and I involve them in choosing the songs they are assigned. I make an effort to put on recitals and provide performance opportunities for students to work toward as well. I keep my lessons engaging and fun regardless of ability and adjust my teaching style for age.
I want my students to feel inspired and motivated, and feel comfortable progressing at their own pace. As a teacher and mentor, my priority is to help the student set and work towards their own goals. My teaching expertise is classical and musical theater, and I believe that students can be very successful branching out to different styles from this technical foundation. I encourage my students to learn music theory as well as vocal techniques to become well rounded musicians. I do my best to keep materials and lessons fun and engaging, but I expect students to have parental support for their practicing as well.
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