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Instruments: Voice
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, Country, Gospel, Musical Theater, Opera, Showtunes, Spirituals, Swing, Soul, Marching Band

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Colin J In Studio
Instruments: Voice
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, Country, Gospel, Musical Theater, Opera, Showtunes, Spirituals, Swing, Soul, Marching Band

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In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 13-80
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:
DMA Shenandoah Conservatory in progress and Post-Masters Teaching Assistant; MM, Shenandoah Conservatory, Voice Pedagogy; Somatic Voicework™ The LoVetri Method Certified Level 2; BM, University of Iowa, Vocal Music Performance 
Awards:

2015-Present Post Masters Teaching Assistant Shenandoah Conservatory 2008 Evelyn Lear/Thomas Stewart Wagner Scholarship 2008 Norman Carlberg Award Liederkranz Foudation 2007 San Antonio Opera Competition, Semi-Finalist 2006, 2004 Connecticut Opera Guild, Winner 2005 Denver Lyric Opera Guild, Winner

Overview:
I am passionate about teaching and singing vocal music. I have taught professionally for over 10 years. I possess an undergraduate degree in voice performance, a masters' voice pedagogy and I am currently completing my doctorate in musical arts in voice pedagogy at Shenandoah Conservatory. I am skilled at teaching both classical and contemporary styles of singing. As a performer, I have sung with many opera houses across the country with performances in Europe. I have been a teaching assistant at Shenandoah during my doctoral studies.
EXPERIENCE
I have taught voice professionally for over ten years. I possess an undergraduate degree in voice performance, a masters' voice pedagogy and I am currently completing my doctorate in musical arts in voice pedagogy at Shenandoah Conservatory. I have been a teaching assistant at Shenandoah during my doctoral studies. During this time I have developed a better more functional approach to my teaching in both classical and contemporary repertoire. I have taught many ages and skill levels. Currently, I serve as voice faculty at St. James School in Hagerstown, Maryland.
METHODS USED
The human voice is a highly expressive instrument and the vocal apparatus itself is an equally fascinating and complex part of the body. Sharing your voice can be intimidating but also rewarding. To teach individual lessons effectively, a teacher must provide a safe and secure environment that is tailored specifically to each individual singer. Such an environment helps put a student at ease, making them more willing to take risks that are necessary to fulfill their optimal potential. This environment is created by a collaborative and individualized effort. As an instructor, listening to the needs of each student is the key to finding an approach best suited for their needs. One must listen to their singing as well as how they communicate their understanding of their own instrument. How the student perceives a concept is as important as the concept itself. Singing is a skill that requires motor learning, therefore a singer trains similarly to an athlete. In addition, the frequency and timing of feedback provided to the student by the teacher can accelerate the skill acquisition. Through exercises or vocalises, fundamental skills are developed to enhance vocal quality and endurance. The length and intensity of these exercises vary based on age and skill level. Furthermore, psychological preparation is as crucial as one’s vocal preparation. Auditions, and performing in general, are challenging not only physically, but also psychologically. Mindfulness, or being aware of one’s presence in a moment, can help alleviate performance anxiety and lead to a more thoughtful and inspired performance. By providing students with the tools to overcome psychological barriers, outcomes can be significantly improved. Ultimately, every relationship between voice teacher and student is unique and incredibly rewarding. While I enjoy working with advanced students, I find the process of molding young artists extremely fulfilling. By empowering students to explore, in a nurturing environment, we can unlock their inner artist through their voice and help them share the human experience through song.
LESSON STYLE
Every voice is unique and special.  I work hard to help each student find his or her own voice.  The environment I strive for is created by a collaborative and individualized effort. As an instructor, listening to the needs of each student is the key to finding an approach best suited for their needs. One must listen to their singing as well as how they communicate their understanding of their own instrument. How the student perceives a concept is as important as the concept itself. By empowering students to explore, in a nurturing environment, we can unlock their inner artist through their voice and help them share the human experience through song.
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