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BM, University of South Carolina, Vocal Performance MM, University of Connecticut, Vocal Performance
I am a recent graduate of UConn and I'm passionate about teaching students in a way that will give them the tools to be successful in any genre of music they sing in! I've had experience singing in musicals, operas, operettas, jazz ensembles, and have had the privilege to premiere many new works as well! I have studied voice for over 10 years, and still take regular lessons to continue learning so that I can be the best teacher I can be. I have sung in operas around the US and in Europe as well. I look forward to working with you!
I have been teaching voice students for 5 years. I like to focus on building good technique for any style of singing, with classical singing technique being the basis of that. For my younger students, I particularly like to focus on building good practicing habits and helping them learn how to be self starting and disciplined. I've always believed that learning an instrument is a life tool, not just a hobby! Being a diligent student in something that you love can translate to all aspects of your life. I can also prepare students for auditions, making sure that they present themselves in a professional manner, and ensuring that they have the right tools to have a successful audition! I encourage students to perform as much as possible, as well. However, if you're just looking to enrich your life, I'm here to help with that as well!
I like to begin with the basics of singing technique, sight reading, and music theory. In order to be a successful singer, one must be proficient in all of these! I like to assign music by the second or third lesson, depending on the student's readiness and ability. I typically assign one classical and/or one musical theater song, depending on the student's interest. I start with only these two genres because I feel that singing something that the student can hear on the radio can be difficult to sing while implementing the new technique they are learning in lessons with me. Eventually, the student can pick a song that could fall under the jazz or pop genre, as long as I deem it appropriate for their stage of development. The goal of my lessons is to have fun and explore new things, and to learn how to sing in a way that can be sustained for life!
I love seeing my students learn and progress! That's why the student and I set goals for the student, whether it's learning a new song, practicing a certain amount of minutes a week, or auditioning for something like a musical or talent show! Setting small goals like these helps the student feel accomplished, and want to continue to work on their new found skills. I find that goal setting keeps the student interested and engaged in the long run. By setting these goals with my students, I can understand what they are most interested in learning, which will help me customize my lesson plan for them.
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