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DMA, University of Nevada-Las Vegas, Vocal Performance, In Progress
MM, Georgia Southern University, Vocal Performance
BA, The University of Houston, Vocal Music
Dr. A Grace Lee Mims Memorial Vocal Scholarship Recipient (The Cleveland Foundation, 2010-2011),
Carol A Carter Music Scholarship Recipient (Georgia Southern University, 2008, 2009)
2nd Place Adult College/Private Study: No Age Limit (Georgia National Association of Teachers of Singing, 2010)
Outstanding Solo Performance/Ensemble (Tiffin University)
Born in Columbus, OH, I have been singing since the age of ten. My love for singing and performing has allowed me the opportunity to sing across the United States and abroad. This love for music and education is what motivates me everyday to help my students achieve the highest levels of their abilities. I have performed in several types of music including Opera, Musical Theater, Jazz, Blues, Gospel, R&B, Folk, Spirituals and even Rap!
Being a strong believer in community service and education, I, along with pianist and friend Brandon Davis, are the co-founders of the "Arts at St. Luke" music series. This series helps to promote through performance, teaching, and seminars the music of new composers.
Vocal Music Instructor-Part Time, 8/2011-2014
University of Nevada-Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV
Courses: Voice Class for Non-Majors, Private Voice Instruction
• Responsible for the vocal development of undergraduate Voice Majors, Minors and Non Majors.
• Provide various vocal techniques and exercises to meet the requirements for their particular degree plan.
• Academic Instructor for Voice Class for Non-Majors course.
• Assist, as needed, with Vocal Repertoire Class as well as any other items as requested by the vocal faculty.
Private Voice and Speech Instructor: Statesboro, GA and Las Vegas, NV 8/2008-2011
Course: Male and Female Vocal instruction ages 15-45
• Taught various vocal techniques and exercises, assisted students in their vocal development through private and group instruction.
• Assisted public speakers such as teachers, businessmen and beginning students in developing a healthy use of their voices.
Assistant Director of Music/Voice Coordinator, 2004-2008 St. Luke Baptist Church, 1660 E Main St. Columbus, OH
• Assisted in the development of all aspects of the music department.
• Performed regular vocal coaching’s and prepared the choirs during rehearsals and prior to concerts and services.
• Co-founded “Arts at St. Luke”: A program designed to promote, introduce and combine classical, spiritual and popular music through various workshops, concerts, community outreach and private and group lessons.
• Coordinated with director to create and adhere to an annual budget for the music department.
I pride myself in my ability to create unique, individual lesson plans for my students. First, the student and I will have a consultation to discuss the specific goals and aspirations they have for their voice. After this discussion, we will create goals accordingly. Examples of materials we will examine are breath management, tone production, diction, enunciation, articulation, acting, speaking, theory and history. We will also address other musical ideas or issues that the student my have.
As I firmly believe in the power of music and singing, I like to create levels of success for the student that are individual and specific to that student. I know that each student progresses differently so after a lesson or two, we will create goals specific to that student. I enjoy getting feedback from the student as well as allowing them to share their goals and aspirations for their voice. I also believe in being able to adjust the lessons and goals as the student advances their studies. We can add more music or subtract according to interest of that student. I stive to ensure that each student receives the highest level of education as possible.
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