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Instruments: Voice
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Folk, Musical Theater, Opera, Showtunes

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Kerri S In Studio
Instruments: Voice
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Folk, Musical Theater, Opera, Showtunes

Where I Teach:
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Ages Taught: 5-80
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:
Performer's Certificate, Northern Illinois University Vocal Performance Masters of Music, Ball State University Vocal Performance Bachelors of Music, University of Minnesota, Vocal Performance
Awards:

2005-2007 - Mu Phi Epsilon, Beta Omega Chapter, International Professional Music Fraternity

2004 - Phi Kappa Phi

2004 - Golden Key Interational Honour Society

1999-2000 - Pi Sigma Sigma

1999-2000 - National Honor Society

Overview:
I'm an extremely positive and motivated person who thoroughly enjoys sharing her gift and knowledge with other people.  I have a Performer's Certificate, a Masters of Music and a Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance.  I have been teaching voice lessons for seven years and currently run a private studio out of my home in Forney, TX.  As much as I love teaching, I also truly enjoy performing on stage.  I have performed the professional role of Lady Ella/Chorus with Cimarron Opera in their performance of Patience. I was previously a member of the Wichita Grand Opera Chorus, and recently performed in their productions of Turandot, Don Carlo, Tosca, Guillaume Tell, Otello and Le Nozze di Figaro.  I have also performed other professional roles such as a Belle/Chorus in The Forum Theater's production of A Christmas Carol.  Throughout my various degrees, I have also performed roles in Hansel and Gretel, Bastien und Bastienne, Dido and Aeneas, Die Zauberflote, The Lonley Empress, Les Contes d'Hoffman, Dangerous Liasons, Ariadne auf Naxos and Eric Hermansen's Soul.
EXPERIENCE
I began teaching voice lessons during my vocal pedagogy class, while getting my Masters Degree.  I have been teaching consistently for a total of seven years.  I began teaching for a community school for the arts in Muncie, IN.  After I graduated with my Masters Degree, I taught lessons for a children's theater company in Manitowoc, WI until I started my Performer's Certificate.  I taught for another community arts school during my Performer's Certificate in DeKalb, IL.  After that, I began a private studio out of my home and have been teaching privately at my in-home studio ever since. I also have experience teaching Music Theory and Ear Training, Music Appreciation and Private Voice Lessons at the college level as an Adjunct Professor at Kishwaukee College in Malta, IL.  I have always loved and enjoyed teaching!  It has probably been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life and I am always eager to welcome new students of all ages!
METHODS USED
I teach classical technique that can be applied to any type or genre of music.  I usually start with standard singing and breathing techniques.  Then I will listen to a student's voice and determine their range and pick out a solo song based on their range, ability level, and the preferences of the student.  I am a firm believer that no student fits into the standard "box" of teaching.  Therefore, I tailor my teaching style to match the individual needs, issues, and goals of a particular student.
LESSON STYLE
It is very important to me that students enjoy their lessons and feel engaged in the learning process.  My biggest rule is that they need to have fun and enjoy what they are doing.  I am a very kind, up-beat and friendly teacher that believes in positive reinforcement and constructive criticism.  I encourage my students to communicate with me on an equal level and to always ask questions if they don't understand something.  Watching people learn and grow as singers, and knowing that you had a hand in it, is probably one of the most rewarding parts of being a teacher.  It is this ideal that fuels my need to teach others.
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