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Bachelor Degree: Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music
other: New York Film Academy
Member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing
Member of the American Guild of Musical Artists
I'm an accomplished vocalist, pianist, actor and educator and I've been involved in the performing arts from a very young age. Born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, I have entertained audiences in several different countries and I bring a unique blend of multicultural experiences into everything I do.
Performance credits include: Off-Broadway, Cabaret and Regional Theatre plays and musicals, roles in several independent films, solo piano recitals, experience as lead singer, keyboardist and back-up vocalist for acts in a variety of genres ranging from Blues, Jazz and Soul to Rock, Pop, alternative and Spanish and Latin American folk music.
I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance from the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music and a Certificate in Acting from the New York Film Academy. I am a proud member of the American Guild of Musical Artists and the National Association of Teachers of Singing.
With over 10 years of teaching under my belt, I have developed a holistic approach honed by years of practical experience in many different areas of the performing arts. I have an intense passion for music and acting, and I'm deeply committed to helping my students find and nurture what makes them unique, while at the same time giving them the tools they need to be able to achieve a high level of artistic excellence and fulfillment. Throughout my teaching career I have had success working with a wide variety of students ranging from people who just want to study music as a hobby to people who want to pursue it professionally.
My teaching method is based primarily on helping my students develop the skills needed to understand the language of music so that then they can create performances that are compelling and fulfilling to both the audience and themselves. I do not believe in a one-size-fits-all approach, and prefer to tailor my methods to the needs and goals of the student.
For beginning piano students I tend to gravitate towards Faber's Piano Adventures to help us work and develop the fundamental skills. Once students are more advanced we begin to add solo repertoire tailored to the level and genres the student is interested in.
With my voice students, we begin by studying how the voice works and we develop a routine of exercises that help develop the proper coordination necessary for healthy vocal production. We then learn to apply these principles to whatever song we wish to sing, ensuring that whenever we use our voice we are doing it in the healthiest and most efficient way possible.
To me the most important thing to establish is a true, personal connection with my students. I like to know what activities other than music they enjoy, what their favorite/least favorite subject is in school, what they want to be when they grow up, what motivates them and what doesn't. This knowledge helps me to develop ways to explain sometimes difficult concepts in a way that is easily accessible and the student is then able to apply this knowledge immediately. I believe in positive reinforcement and I'm very careful about giving honest feedback in a way that inspires my students to work harder to accomplish their goals. I can't imagine my life without music and I want every single one of my students to love music as much as I do, or more.
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