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Bachelor Degree: University of Northern Colorado (In progress)
2017- All State Mixed Jazz Choir
2016- All State Women's Jazz Choir
2017- All State Women's Choir
I am a performer and teacher from Denver, Colorado. I have been playing violin since 2009, and singing since 2016! I love to write and share music with others. My debut album, Amazilia, came out in 2019, and featured entirely original compositions, and I've been performing in Greeley for a little while now. I'm currently working on my bachelor's degree in Jazz Studies, with a vocal performance emphasis, under Kerry Marsh and Julia Dollison. I'm looking forward to meeting and working with you! We'll have a lot of fun!
I've been teaching and leading sectionals for four years now, and have taught lessons on both fiddle and voice! It's an honor to be able to spread the love of music to students, as music has changed my life. Consistent practice is important, but so is finding what the student loves to practice. Music should be fun, even as it's hard work! Students are encouraged to write, explore their own creativity, and explore other avenues of music beyond performance, like learning music theory and notation, as well as the basics of music software, if they're interested. I also encourage recitals and finding as many performance venues as possible, in order to build confidence! Anybody and everybody can learn, explore, and create, and so I'm always looking to work with new students of any age and experience level.
For prospective voice students under age 12, I'll primarily work with them on ear training and music theory basics, as well as simple songs. Protecting vocal health is important, and under age 12, it can be difficult to sing with good technique, as the vocal chords aren't developed quite yet! For older students, we will begin with warmups, exercises, and songs that will encourage good technique, but always keeping in mind what the student wants to work on. The technique varies slightly style to style, so it's important for there to be good student-teacher communication!
I like to begin each voice lesson with a music theory and ear training review, as it can be difficult for those with a vocal emphasis to learn to read (I know, I've been there!). It's important to have a good grasp on the mechanics of the music, because it'll open so many doors for the student, no matter what area they're focusing on! After the warmup and review, we'll dive in to what the student is working on, and I'll guide my instruction in order to make sure we keep having fun. That's the most important part!
The student's goals are my goals! Music changed the course of my life, and that was because I had teachers who guided me in the direction that I wanted to go- that's why what the student is hoping for is always my first priority. Everyone is encouraged to go and learn at their own pace; we'll discuss weekly goals each lesson, and larger goals about once every few months, to make sure that the student is achieving what they want. I will always encourage each student, because I believe that everybody has musical ability, and I like to keep competition to a minimum. Everybody has strengths and weaknesses, and it's important to acknowledge the student's strengths as often as possible! The weaknesses are just what we're there to work on. I like to emphasize improvisation, as it's a skill that will follow you everywhere. Above all, though, I want the student to be happy and to love what they're doing. It's why I'm teaching in the first place! That's why I'll focus on what inspires and moves the student.
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