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MM, New York University: Steinhardt, Musical Theater Performance BM, Vanderbilt University: Blair School of Music, Vocal Performance
2014 - NYU: Steinhardt Performance Scholarship 2013 - NYU: Steinhardt Performance Scholarship
My name is Kareem. I am a Musician, Actor, Philosopher, and Entrepreneur at heart. I recently completed my Masters at NYU – Steinhardt, with a focus in Musical Theater Performance, studying voice under Michael Ricciardone. My work at NYU was comprehensive, working alongside wonderful performers in the productions Man of La Mancha (Padre) and Student Prince. I also performed in workshops for Light in the Piazza (Fabrizio), did an movement workshop under mime artist Bill Bowers, and took a business elective on Ethics in Entertainment, helping me to reevaluate my value system while entering the Entertainment Industry.
I have been teaching private voice for the past 5 years in various skill levels and genres. My main teaching proffession is in Classical and Musical Theater performance, but choir and private voice for the past two years at the International House of New York. My efforts at the International House gave me more proper practice of pedigodgy. It allowed me better communicating techniques and practices to an untrained ear. Durring this time, I finished my Masters in Music at New York University with an emphasis in Musical Theater, which provided me with a strong background in performance and understanding the dynamics of theater as in influence towards education. This paired with my earlier Bachelors in Music at Vanderbilt University, in Nashville, Tennessee – which gave me a foundational backing in musical theory, literature and artistry – prove invaluable in the fields of education and the arts. I think of music as a peaceful avenue to challenging discourses that thrives in its capacity to provide a risk free environment for exploration and critical questioning. I have a lot of experience in professional performance as well as youth education. One of my recent accomplishments towards youth education was last summer, when I was awarded a $10,000 grant by the Davis Peace Projects to co-found T'ALIM, a initiative enacted in Egypt to provide children, between the ages of seven and fifteen, a means to impact their country through the production of a music video. I have also worked at the Pyramid Atlantic Art Center in Washington, D.C., that worked on creating secondary art projects for kids in the surrounding community. I co-lead a comic-book workshop that gave children an innovative opportunity to invent a comic-book story plot and have professional comic artists publish the series.
For every level of singing, I approach Technique, Artistry, Theory, and Sight-singing. Each criteria is neccessary to becoming a better singer, and more importantly, a better performer. Examples of subcategories include: Technique: breath, vowel connection, tension release Artistry: text analysis, phrasing, diction Theory: chordal structure, melodic root Sight-Singing: diatonic scale, rhythmic patterns Each student is unique, and each has the potential to learn in a very quick and efficient way. That is the true definition of success for a teacher.
My goal of teaching music is to encourage my students to invest a high level of time and energy into developing their skills on their own. Most of your learning will come from personal practice time. If thought this way, then the time we have together will be focused on taking students to the next step of their potentials. Listening to your own voice is the first step to developing your personal technique and artistry. I ask that each student record their lessons, listen to them on their personal time, and give an email transcription of what they learned that day. Money is waisted on me teaching you what you know during lessons. By doing transcriptions you will be more intuitive about what steps to take to become a better musician, so that eventually you can become self-efficient.
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