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BM - Vocal Performance, University of Masschusetts, Amherst MM - Vocal Performance, Indiana University
Barbara & David Jacobs Fellowship, Indiana University, 2011-13 Artistic Excellence Fellowship, Indiana Univerisity, 2011-13 2nd, Undergraduate Division, Classical Singer Competition, 2011 Concerto Competition, University of Masschuetts, Amherst, 2009 2nd Round, NATS Song & Aria Festival, Boston Chapter, 2009 1st, 59th HK School Music Festival, Male Voice (Chinese), 23 or under, 2007 1st, 59th HK School Music Festival, Male Voice (Foreign Language), 23 or under, 2007
I believe teaching in music in an art that requires as much dedication and preparation as performing. When I teach, I don’t force a certain technique or method on students, but rather I teach what is best suited for them. On top of that, I always motivate my students with adequate goals. Most importantly, I will make sure my students enjoy music in the process of learning. I have a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Indiana University. While in Amherst, I performed leading roles such as Nemorino from L’elsir d’amore and Alfred from Die Fledermaus. In summer, I attended prestigious programs such as SongFest in Los Angeles and Orfeo Music Festival in Italy. In the past spring, I have performed as Priest in Akhnaten in Indiana University Opera Theatre. Currently, I am an Associate Chorister at Houston Grand Opera.
I began teaching in my undergraduate years and continued throughout my years in Indiana. I have taken pedagogy class in my graduate studies. Therefore, I can provide anatomical details about the vocal mechanism to help you understand singing in a deeper level. I always have a teaching plan for each of my students so that I keep track of their progress. Also, I often encourage them to listen to different recordings to let the style grow in their pursuit of music.
I have my students start with sufficient stretching to get the body ready for singing. Following that, I warm up their voices with different scales and specific singing exercises, which I will use independently with students in different levels. Afterwards, we work on the music. I usually pick the music for my students. However, if there is a piece of music that my student particularly wants to learn, I am willing to compromise as long as it is suitable for his/her voice.
I despise force-feeding techniques and information to my students. In the processing of learning, I try my utter best to make sure my students understand what I teach to them. It will facilitate tremendously if the student understands the technique when he/she is practicing. I always set clear goals for each lesson so that there is a consistent progress. However, my lessons are not boring but full of energy. I will let you grow more passion in singing and more importantly, in music.
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