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BM, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Music Performance (Voice)
2013 - Outstanding Senior Award - Texas A&M University-Kingsville Concert Choir
2013 - Member of the Spring Semester - Texas A&M University-Kingsville Concert Choir
2013 - Choir Member of the Month - Texas A&M University-Kingsville Concert Choir
2012 - Outstanding Baritone - Texas A&M University-Kingsville Concert Choir
2012 - 2nd Place Finalist at South Texas NATS Auditions
I am a graduate from Texas A&M University Kingsville. I studied with soprano Dr. Melinda Brou during my undergraduate years. I received my BM in 2013, and I am now working on my MM at the University of Texas at Austin where I study under the direction of baritone David Small. My greatest experiences as a singer have been performing operatic and musical roles such as Danny Zuko in "Grease" (Laredo Community College), Papageno in "The Magic Flute (Texas A&M University Kingsville), and The Learned Judge in "Trial by Jury" (Texas A&M University Kingsville).
My teaching experiences have been positive, fun, and I've built good relationships with my students. My favorite part about teaching is seeing singers gain confidence in their singing ability and hearing their voices grow. I belive that any learning experience should be fun above all things. I learn a lot from my students, and I encourage them to take risks and opportunities to make them into better musicians. One of the most important things for me is putting my students out there and exposing them to new opportunities that will further enhance their singing and musical ability.
Even though all students require different needs, I will usually start my lessons by warming up the voice with different exercises. After that, I will work on repertoire with the student. My favorite book for beginning singers is the 24 Italian Songs & Arias. A lot of good habits and technique can be learned through repertoire. In my voice lessons, I'll focus on breathing, resonance, singer's health, good practice habits, musicianship, pronunciation/diction, and performance.
Singing lessons should always be fun and positive. A student should come out of a voice lesson with new knowledge that they can then go and apply during their practice at home. I am a firm believer that most of the learning is done outside the lesson through the student's application of what he/she learned during the lesson. My belief is that I am a guide to the student, but the student must meet me halfway, so that we can learn from each other, work together, and find what works best for the student's voice.
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