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DMA Vocal Performance, The University of Oklahoma (currently working in degree); MM Vocal Performance, The University of Oklahoma 2013-2015; BM Vocal Performanc, The University of Tulsa 2008-2012
2015- Ernest Trumble Award for Outstanding Graduate Term Paper in Ethnomusicology or Music History; The University of Oklahoma
2015- Provost Award of Distinction for Outstanding Graduate Assistant Teacher
2012-Winner of the Concerto Aria competition- The University of Tulsa
2010-Performed with the University of Tulsa Capella Chamber Singers at Carnegie Hall
I am a motivated teacher and performer who loves to create beautiful art and help others develop a love for music. I am currently pursuing my Masters degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Oklahoma. In 2012, I graduated from the University of Tulsa with a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance. I have been privelidged to perform with Tulsa Opera chorus for two seasons in La Traviata, Don Giovanni, Norma, The Most Happy Fella, and Aida. For three summers in a row, I attended a summer program for opera in New Mexico. At LEOI, I got to work with coaches and instructors of excellent caliber and reputation in the opera world. I have also sung at Carnegie Hall with the University of Tulsa Capella Chamber Singers in which I was the soprano section leader for the year. I also worked at First Christian of Tulsa as a staff section leader and soloist. At First Christian Church, I got to experience the excitement of performing Handel's Messiah with full orchestra every Christmas season.
My teaching experience began at the University of Tulsa. I taught voice to a few students who were non music majors for about a year. After graduating from the University of Tulsa, I began teaching at Brook Fine Arts Academy in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I taught over 30 students a week in both voice and piano (ages 3 to 20) for over a year. In my work as a teacher, I have helped students prepare for school competitions, studio recitals, talent shows, solo and ensemble contest, and musical auditions. I also taught both theory and ear training skills to my piano students. I enjoy teaching because it's wonderful to help students gain confidence not only in their musical abilities but in themselves as an individual. My job as a teacher is to help motivate my students but above all help them have fun in the process.
Voice Lessons: I start my lessons with vocal warmups and excercises to help strengthen and develop a students vocal abilities. After vocalizing, I begin working on the repertoire that I have assigned the prior week. The songs that each student will sing will depend on what style he/she may be interested in performing or studying. I always choose age appropriate material, and a piece that the student will enjoy. I will also help a student with any outside pieces for school or the community. Piano Lessons: For beginning students who are very young, I start with Bastien Piano Basics or Hal Leonard Essential Elements. For adults/teens, I use the KJOS Bastien book for adults or the upper level books by Hal Leonard. I also have my students play popular pieces or holiday pieces of their choosing in addition to their classical repertoire. After each student has progressed and understands the concepts, I will introduce some basic theory ideas and listening/identification skills. I also believe in working on scales and arpeggios to better develop a student's understanding of keys and coordination when playing.
My teaching style specifically fits each individual students needs. Every student has different challenges that they face during their musical education. I also know that each student works at his or her own pace. I like to give praise and rewards to my students that work hard to accomplish a goal to help instill confidence and desire to continue along their creative journey.
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