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MM, Royal Conservatory of Ghent, Performing Arts, Vocals
BM, University of Artevelde, Education
2015 - Playright Plus Prize for Best Live Performance
2015 - Royal Conservatory of Ghent - Best New Release
I'm Charlotte, vocalist, composer and performer, originally from Belgium but based in Brooklyn, NY. As a musician I've had many opportunities to sing and perform in different projects around the world. In Europe I've taught music and dance for over 10 years to all ages. Group and individual lessons. I've lived in South Asia for a while where I was volunteering as a teacher in English, music and dance. Because I believe in exchanging knowledge in a socio-cultural context I think it's important to approach learning with an open mind. I love teaching and I always try to approach my lessons in a way so it is connected to the students learning environment.
I began teaching when I was studying my Bachelor Degree. I was teaching vocal lessons privately and group dance lessons weekly. I've continued teaching dance and music after my graduation. For more then a year I was a faculty member of different art schools around Belgium. Learning how to practice your skill on a daily basis is something I try to share with all my students. I try to find a personalized method for each individual. I work on technique and the repertoire that the student prefers, and sometimes I make suggestions in a direction the lessons can go. I have experience with all ages, beginners and advances, young children and adults.
For children I look for the best way to let the classes connect with the student. What films do they watch, what animals do they like, in general what are the students interest. Through a personalized repertoire I built the more theoretical side of singing and technique. For adult it's basically the same, but I always ask every student what they want to learn, what they like/dislike, what goals they have and where we can start on a common ground. As I teach many styles in singing I also encourage to step out of comfort zones and challenge the student. I always try to cover 3 to 4 of the following aspects in one lesson; technique, repertoire, performance, ear training and music theory.
I try to built a personal approach in my teaching towards the needs of the students. Together with the student I try to set realistic goals within a timeframe. Each lesson starts with a warm up, we work on technique through different exercises followed by ear training and a small portion of music theory. We work on mutually chosen repertoire and studies depending on the genre. For Jazz students we also work on improvisation. I use different books for exercises and theory. For example; Complete Vocal Technique (C. Sadolin), Vocal Improvisation (M. Weir), Estill Voice Training (R. Cohn), and many more. I always work with a folder and a notebook. The notebook serves as a personal exercise book and planner. As a part of the lessons I try to help my students in practice planning and efficient study.
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