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Ayron H In StudioStudio Teaches OnlineOnline
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Instruments: Voice
Styles: Classical, Pop, Folk, Musical Theater, Opera, Showtunes

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Ayron H In Studio Teaches Online
Instruments: Voice
Styles: Classical, Pop, Folk, Musical Theater, Opera, Showtunes

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In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 13-80
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MM, Indiana University, Voice Performance BM, Iowa State University, Music Education  

Overview:
Teaching music is my calling in life. It has taken me many years to actually say that with full confidence, but when I consider the joy I experience while teaching, and also look at the growth and improvement my students experience throughout their time with me, it is really clear: this is what I love, and this is what I have a unique gifting to do. I have two degrees in music: a Master's in Vocal Performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Iowa State University. I have been a Young Artist with Cedar Rapids Opera Theater, playing the role of Butch in Frankenboy. While in graduate school, I sang the roles of Betto di Signa in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, Count Paris in Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette, and John Brooke in Adamo’s Little Women, all with IU Opera Theater. I had the opportunity to create the role of Almeron Dickinson in Tim Noble’s workshop for his new musical, Alamo. During my time at Iowa State, I performed the roles of Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, a cast member of the musical revue Side by Side by Sondheim, and Bad Bart in Ruddigore.
EXPERIENCE
My teaching experience began when I was in grad school, where I taught a few students at a local high school. Since moving to the KC area eight years ago, I have been consistently teaching and gradually building my private studio, which now has over 20 students! I love working with young singers (specifically grades 8-12) and helping them find the potential in their voices.  I have encountered the full range of ability levels, from very experienced (had lessons before, sung multiple solos in school choir, had lead roles in musicals, etc.) to complete novice (no lessons, no choir experience).  My overall approach to lessons is the same, regardless of ability level: consistent improvement from week to week using vocal exercises, songs, and an exploration of breath and the physicality of singing. Teaching is my passion and my calling, and I love being able to ignite a passion for music and singing with students of all ability levels.
METHODS USED
I always start by asking the student if he/she has any goals or upcoming performances they'd like to concentrate on.  If so, we focus mainly on that goal, while also incorporating vocal exercises and other methods to continually improve the voice.  Otherwise, we will start with mainly vocal exercises (which will grow in difficulty as we master the easier ones), and after a few weeks, start applying what we've learned in the exercises to some songs (usually folk songs, art songs, Broadway, occasionally some opera).  Every student, regardless of their goals or current ability level, will work on vocal exercises, songs, and sightreading.  The choice of repertoire will depend on each student's technical ability, range, experience with foreign language, and other factors such as personality and acting experience.  If a student has an interest in a particular genre of music, I am always glad to explore his/her personal interests (as long as the style uses healthy, supported singing!). 
LESSON STYLE
Each student comes in with their own unique experience, ability level, and personality. So, while the overall structure of my lessons is going to be the same for everyone, it is vital that I set realistic goals for each student based on their own experience and individuality. Each student should be able to look back over the course of a year and pinpoint areas in which they have improved...having this conversation is one of the huge payoffs of teaching! So, I will adapt my teaching in each lesson to make sure it is effective and understandable for each student, and I will do my best to discover what motivates, inspires, and sparks energy and growth in every student.
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