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High school diploma
Two years of classical voice with Mark Barker
One year of classical percussion and a semester of drumset with Jeremy Katalenic and Barry Smith
Jazz, musical theater, gospel, pop voice. Formal and Independent study through previous experience and courses taken.
2017-2019 Valencia Music Scholarship.
I am an undergraduate in Music Education who sings in two professional vocal ensembles. one is an opera company and the other is a professional choir both located in the Orlando area. I am an avid reader of many kinds of books fiction and non-fiction. I am learning both French and Spanish to increase my ability to perform with orchestras at a professional level, proficiently. I adore different cultures, music, art, food, and history. It helps put into perspective the world overall and its diverse beauty.
In addition to studying Music Education, I sing in the Opera Orlando company. I also sing in Voci del Cuore (voices of the heart) professional choir run by Dr. Jeffery Redding. I am also a rehearsal assistant for the Orlando Chamber Youth Ensembles organization. From my sophomore year of high school to now, I have been in all advanced ensembles I could be in every academic institution I have been to since high school. I have played with multiple orchestras community and semi-professional and community bands in Central Florida. I have also participated in WGI and DCI ensembles as a mallet or Synth or keyboard player. I studied classical voice for two years with Mark Baker former tenor for the Met Opera house. I studied one year with Jeremy Katalenic in classical percussion and one semester with Barry Smith on the drumset. I was also the Head Music theory tutor at Valencia College.
My method for vocal students starts with a simple scale. I start off knowing what genres they listen to, practice, like, and dislike, and then I move on to their range. That is the key to understanding their limits a little more. From there I move onto whatever song they have prepared any. Then I go on a case by case basis. For method books. I don't really use them. For my singers, I go by the music I have currently in my library that fits their voice type and genre and then move on. If they are percussionists I want an idea of where they are and what they are looking to accomplish. I have a variety of reps and books to use for them. And for my pianists, I only teach beginning piano students and i help them with basic fingerings and theory off of the Alfred Piano Book.
For my teaching style, I always do my best to encourage. I love the technical side of music. I can never get enough of it. But obviously, some people are not like that and that is where my passion and emotion for music come in. Everyone has their idea of what music is. But I love to help people explore not what is, but what could be. Music-making is my focus. What is the approach you want to go with? Why does that work? Why does that not? To explore all that is and can be is the key to growth. Not just, "this is the way it should be done" and blah blah.
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