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Bachelor's Degree in Voice from the University of North Texas.
Chris was a member of UNT's A Capella Choir, ranked among the top five undergraduate choirs in the nation. He has worked with numerous acclaimed performers and voice teachers including Laurel Miller, Lella Cuberli, Richard Croft, Dr. Stephen Morscheck and Dr. Stephen Austin. He has led, taught and performed in small singing ensembles that performed vocal music from a variety of genres including 16th-Century Madrigals, Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen and Barbershop. Working with many different teachers and many different musical genres has enabled him to personalize his lessons to the musical interests of each student.
As a teacher, his use of exercises backed by scientific research coupled with an emphasis on increasing confidence and freedom in singing has helped his students achieve results in real time. For Chris, seeing his students gain access to new opportunities, learn step-by-step how to drop unhelpful habits and become skilled at balancing consistent practice with creative thinking are all part of what makes him so wholeheartedly engaged in teaching the art of singing.
I have successfully brought begining singers that had trouble matching pitch to competition-level singing abillity within a year. I have also worked with more advanced singers who could sing well in one genre but wanted to learn a new one.
Because I have had voice training and have taught using many different methods, my students find much more quickly what works for them and their goals. They also have enjoyed the freedom of being able to tell me the sound they are wanting to make and receiving instruction how to make that sound, rather than being told they can only sing in a certain genre (usually classical) with a certain kind of sound (also usually classical).
My lesson style varies depending on the student's learning style, personality, preferences, etc. I usually get a sense of the learning style of a given student within 3 or 4 lessons, and if I don't I have a special test to find out. Students learn best when the teaching favors their learning style and preferred pace. Some students like to take things slow, be methodical, and are very visual. Others may want to apply concepts at a faster pace, respond more to auditory examples, and like to jump around between topics. There are lots of different combinations but what's important is that the teacher can recognize these things, and this is a skill I have developed well but I'm always learning and always surprised :)
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