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BM, Bradley University Vocal Performance
2014-2018 - Featured Soloist with the Peoria Municipal Band
2010 - Winner of the Bradley University Concerto/Aria Competition
2009-2010 - Named Bradley University’s Presser Scholar 2009 - Winner of NATS Illinois Competition Junior Undergraduate Division
2008 - Winner of the Bradley University Concerto/Aria Competition
I’m a passionate and motivated instructor who loves working with students of all ages and sharing my love of music! In 2010, I graduated from Bradley University with a Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance. I started teaching private lessons while in college and loved it so much I never stopped! I have performed in various choirs and ensembles throughout the years and enjoy performing in musical theater productions. Some of my favorite roles include Cosette from Les Miserables and Lily from the Secret Garden. I am a wife and mother to three beautiful children (6, 4, and 18 months.)
My teaching experience dates back to my college days, as I began teaching private lessons part time 10 years ago, and have been consistently teaching students in my home studio or in their homes for the last 10 years. I’m always looking to bring on new students of all ages! I encourage my students to enter competitions and recitals so they can feel good about their accomplishments and stay motivated to learn. I’ve also found that a combination of classical and modern music can go along way in helping students enjoy music and motivate them to practice and continue to learn. If the student isn’t having fun in their lessons, I’m not doing my job!
For beginning piano students, I select a method book that will be best for the individual student. Once the student has progressed to have a grasp of the fundamentals, I will begin to introduce solo repertoire appropriate for a recital performance. For voice students, I use the bel canto style of singing. Students will learn proper technique through vocal exercises and solo repertoire. We will focus on breathing, intonation, vowel formation, and posture among many other things. I will select pieces based on the students interests and goals!
Nothing is more rewarding than seeing one of my students develop a passion for music! Therefore, it’s important that each student progresses at his or her own pace. I encourage this by setting realistic goals for my students at each lesson. Acknowledging accomplishments help fuel the students desire to progress, and makes students eager to learn more. By trying to find out what inspires the student, I can successfully tailor my instruction to their wants and needs! No two students are alike, so I try my best to cater my teaching style to what works best for each individual student.
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