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I started performing on stage at the age of 14 at open mics in my hometown, and performing year round with my high school theatre troupe. Ever since then I have made music my life's passion! I graduated from Brigham Young University-Idaho with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Voice. I have had many wonderful experiences performing as a soloist and in choir, including the opportunity to perform with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir for their Music and the Spoken Word Program. I have also had the opportunity with my college choir to perform with artists such as Time for Three, David Archuleta, and Nathan Pacheco.
My teaching experience dates back to my senior year of high school, as I began co-teaching group lessons once a week at my local music center. I taught private lessons off and on through college and then took a break to finish my degree, and get married. In 2017, I began teaching through a program that taught music in after school programs. From there, I found a passion for teaching contemporary music at School of Rock, where I taught private lessons, performance techniques, and helping run the shows. In my experience, I found that when it comes to voice, if you can sing "classical" you can sing anything! My students found more success with their musical endeavors when they incorporated classical vocal techniques, breathing, and exercises in with their daily practice. I always encourage my students to take performance opportunities head on, and to not be afraid to express themselves! I'm always looking forward to meeting new students of all ages!
From the first minute of my lessons I teach all of my students, no matter what the age, the importance of proper posture, breathing, and relaxation techniques so that they get the most out of their lessons. I cover everything from classical vocal warm ups, developing the vibrato, music theory, sight reading and performance techniques. When it comes to repertoire, I leave that mostly in the students hands. If my students are not enjoying what they are doing, then I am not doing my job! I discuss with what kind of music they are interested in, and together we come up with a list of songs they want to sing and learn. I do my best to keep my lessons fun and engaging, no matter what the level. I want to help my students in any way I can. If my students come to me with musical auditions, college applications, or competition repertoire they need help with I am more than willing to do so. I never had a music teacher do that for me, and I went in blind. I want to be an outlet for those students who want to make this a profession.
I see my students like I see snowflakes; they all come from different musical backgrounds, are in different places in their musical training, and have different musical styles. Therefore, I believe it is important for students to go at their own pace and set realistic goals for themselves. Through setting these goals I can get a better idea of their wants and needs, and can tailor my instruction to them. I encourage all of my students to step out of their comfort zones, and push themselves to try new experiences, because that is what helps them grow. Making sure my students feel, safe, comfortable, and understood is always my first priority.
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