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MFA, Univerisity of North Carolina, Acting
BA, Western Connecticut State University, Music
2016 - Sam Seldon Playwrighting Scholarship UNC
2013 - Best Supporting Actress in a play - Indie Weekly
2013 - Best Musical Direction - Indie Weekly
2010-2013 - Schoolmasters Special Scholarship - WCSU
Born and raised in Alaska, I have been teaching kids, teens, and adults music and theatre since I was in highschool. I began my training at the University of Alaska Fairbanks with my Bachelor of Arts degree in Music, finishing my degree at Western Connecticut State University with a Minor in Theatre Arts in 2013. I went on to study Acting at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduated with my Masters of Fine Arts in 2016. I have traveled internationally with theatre companies and show choirs, covering 48 U.S. states and 8 different countries. I have extensive experience singing contemporary at the competitive level as well as volunteering in my community, and I enjoy sharing my knowledge with (and learning from!) my students.
Although my experience working with students goes back to high school, I began teaching at professional studios while completing my BA in Music. I also taught private lessons out of my own studio and even gave some pro bono lessons so I could put what I was learning at university into action. I started teaching Disney and Pop music to kids and teens and decided to expand my teaching to anything a student has to offer in Vocal Performance. This is because in my seven years of teaching I have observed that much of what students struggle with is habitual tension, whether physical or psychological. Therefore, it doesn't matter what kind of music a student wants to sing as long as they approach the material from a relaxed and grounded place physically and mentally. My students will not only take consistent lessons (properly customized to what they need to learn that month, week, or session) but they will actively seek out opportunities to perform what they have learned in a public setting. I also encourage community service, and have extensive experience setting up opportunities for students to perform in nursing homes, homeless shelters, religious environments, and schools.
For children who are beginning Piano students, I start with Piano Adventures - The Basic Piano Method: Primer Level. If the opportunity arises for a performance or a recital, we will either choose material from the book or from music that is appropriate for their learning level. I also teach different methods of piano playing, such as reading chord charts, so that students can play their favorite tunes and sing along.
For children, teens, and adults who are Voice students at any level, their first lesson will consist of getting to know each other, what the student wants to learn, and gauging the student's vocal ability. After that, I will ask the student to make a list of songs they have always wanted to sing and show them how to acquire the sheet music. I may supplement their choices with some of my own at my discretion. Lessons will always start with a full body warmup followed by a vocal warmup.
I encourage students who only play piano to try accompanying other musicians or themselves in order to strengthen their skills, and I encourage singers to perform with a local choir, try out for school musicals, and generally volunteer their musical abilities in their community. However, I understand and fully support any student's desire to simply work on their skills for personal enjoyment. My teaching style reflects a strong emphasis on practice, relaxation, and courage. My number one desire as a teacher is to help all students of any age achieve their personal goals and beyond.
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