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MM, Longy School of Music of Bard College, Early Music Performance (Voice) BA, University of Miami, Vocal Performance and Sociology Orff-Schulwerk Level I Certification, Boston University Orff-Schulwerk Level II Certification, Carnegie Mellon University
2013, Chair, Early Music America Youth Advisory Board
2012, Artist in Residence, San Francisco Early Music
2011, Fellow, Vancouver Early Music
2009-2011, President Scholar, Longy School of Music
I am a passionate, experienced, kind, and motivated teaching artist who enjoys helping my students discover and develop their abilities. As a full-time working artist, I have a vibrant national career as a composer, singer, conductor, and producer in early and new classical music. I have given masterclasses at Harvard University, ASU, Wellesley, Kenyon, and many other K-12 schools across the country. I was fortunate to have had many inspiring and dedicated teachers and mentors in my life, and I'd love to be that person for my students.
I have been teaching music for over 12 years, with 2 years of experience as a full-time music teacher at a prestigious K-8 private school, and several years of experience working with college students, graduate students, and adult amateurs in masterclass setting. I believe that everyone is different, and that everyone needs different things from their teacher. I am committed to getting to know my students well, and therefore keeping them happy and motivated throughout the course of study.
I am a believer of structure AND fun. I typically start students with basic technical work, combined with creative games to keep the skills relevant and interesting. Then I introduce more complicated process and ideas into the mix, while allowing the students to find out their own voices. I can't prescribe one way of teaching to differnet people, therefore I won't until I get to meet that student! :) An avid lover of dance and yoga, I incorporate lots of movement games, body work, and breathing exercises in my lessons. I am a level-II certified teacher of Orff-Schulwerk, believing in the power of combining words, movement, culture, and sound to create unique musical experiences.
My students describe me as patient, fun, understanding, and challenging. :) For the shy ones, I like to get to know them, and see what I can do to get through to them and get them to open up to music. For the adventurous one, I dare them to go on adventures with me. For the self-critical ones, I become their voice of encouragement and love. For the over-confident ones, I open their eyes to more challenges that will demand more of themselves.
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