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BM, Howard Payne University, Music Education
TEA Certified teacher, Music EC-12
2014 - Soloist for San Antonio Symphony Mastersingers
I believe that half of the joy of making music is sharing it with others. In 2011, I graduated from Howard Payne University with a degree in music education, where I often performed lead roles in production spanning from "Bye, Bye Birdie," to "Gianni Schicchi." I am currently pursuing an advanced degree in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from UTSA, and am projected to graduate in Spring 2015. I have had the opportunity to perform both around the State of Texas, as well as in Italy. My students currently span middle through high school level, and I also offer coaching for musical theater auditions and college auditions.
I have been teaching privately for 5 years, beginning while I was still in college. My students spanned every age from 3rd graders to HS seniors, and I taught them a mix of basic healthy technique and musical theory. My current students are active performers of musical theater in both public and scholastic venues. I currently teach out of my home studio, where I have a piano and an acoustically grand living space. Throughout my teaching, I have learned that in order to for a student to be successful, they must have a personal connection with their art. Music requires more than just singing the right notes; there must be intent, passion, dedication, and enjoyment. My teaching stems from this belief that anyone can sing with the proper support and motivation.
I believe in age appropriate techniques and repertoire, and use both warm-ups and vocalises, along with accessible repertoire to foster technique and give students the tools they need to think through a song on their own. I follow standard Bel Canto technique for all of my students, then teach modifications for each style. Even my belter students are still asked to sing in their head voice for vocal health and balance. I give students repertoire that they are interested in along with pieces that I select for pedagogical value. Students are always encouraged to bring along any music they may be performing for school or church so that they can improve their public performance.
My teaching style focuses on student-lead learning, where I will present a technique and then have the student analyze for themselves the effect it has on their vocal mechanism. The goal of training is to produce smart singers; what is the point of singing one song well if you can't apply the same techniques to another? Through problem-solving out loud, my students quickly learn to analyze their own performances and apply corrections on a consistent, active basis.
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