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Bachelor Degree: Hofstra University
2019- Vocal Intern for Oyster Bay Music Festival
2019- Rosencrans Honors Vocal Recital & Scholarship
2018- 1st place quarterfinal champion for ICCA A Cappella Competition
2017- Hoag Honors Vocal Recital & Scholarship
2016- President of co-ed a cappella group (2016-2019)
My name is Courtney and I am a recent college graduate of Hofstra University with a Bachelor of Science degree in vocal performance and a minor in musical theater. While my major primarily concentrated on opera, I specialize in classical, musical theater, and pop singing. I've had the opportunity to perform all over the country, at venues such as The Grande Ole Opry, Carnegie Hall, and The Kimmel Center. In college, I portrayed the title roles of The Countess in Mozart's Le Nozze Di Figaro and The Fairy Queen in Purcell's The Fairy Queen. I also received 2 honors recitals in my time at Hofstra, one being the highest honor given to a vocalist at the university. I am extremely experienced with a cappella performance, having been president of the co-ed a cappella group (The Hofbeats) for 3 years. Since graduating, I have started my own professional a cappella group (Black to Gold A Cappella). With over a decade of musical experience, I feel as though I have a lot of knowledge that can be passed along to students who would like to work with me!
I have been giving private voice lessons informally to my friends and family for over 5 years. In addition to those voice lessons, I was also president of my college a cappella group, in which I would get the opportunity to fill in for our music director and run rehearsals. While I majored in performance, I have always had a passion for teaching and am planning on getting my masters in music education in the future. A major factor in the success of lessons is allowing the students a space to feel comfortable enough to perform their best. There must be a level of trust with a teacher in order for success, and that would be my first priority is to allow my students to feel a sense of trust between us.
One thing I love to implement early on is that your student shouldn't put themselves in a box. Many singers refer to themselves as "an opera singer" or "a belter" and I believe that all-singing styles benefit each other. There is a healthy way to explore all singing styles, and being fluent in those styles will make you more versatile throughout your whole life. For beginning singers, I would begin with the basics of music reading and simple melodies that would be recognizable to their ears. Once I begin working with intermediate/advanced singers, I am there as a guide, but ultimately want to base my lessons on what the goal(s) are of the student.
My biggest goals for teaching are to provide a student with a comfortable space to be vulnerable, allow them that space to promote learning, and create a plan for students that allows them to achieve their personal goals while growing their love and passion for music. At the end of the day, lessons are work, but music is meant to be enjoyable and something they can be passionate about. I want to help students set realistic goals and be able to achieve them within a reasonable amount of time. I think with my performance and life experience, I will be able to give my full skill-set to each and every student and help set every student up for success in whatever their goals may be.
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