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2014 - Southern Adventist University School of Music Top Achiever Award
I have a passion for sharing music with others, through both performance and teaching, and I am always excited to pass on what my teachers instilled in me along my musical journey! I began that musical journey early in life, sitting through many choral rehearsals, lessons, and music programs as my grandmother taught and directed. I soon joined the music-making, singing in church choirs and as a soloist. My formal music lessons in voice and piano were sporadic, as the family farm provided many fun distractions, but by the age of 15 I had taken a special interest in voice and dedicated more of my time to lessons and practice. I chose to study music at the collegiate level, graduating in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Music Performance from Southern Adventist University, and then with a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Lee University in 2018. Over the years, I have had the wonderful opportunity to perform as a soloist in several works, including Handel's Messiah, J.S. Bach's Magnificat, Vivaldi's Gloria, and Durante's Magnificat, as well as performing numerous solo recitals and at events around the USA. I also had the privilege to tour Brazil, Argentina, Norway, Sweden and Finland with Southern Adventist University's premier chamber choir as a member and soloist, and recently was invited to become a member of Albany Pro Musica's Concert Choir.
I began teaching in 2011 under the supervision of a college professor and have taught students since in both voice and piano from ages 4-88. Each student brings a unique talent and personality, and I strive to tailor my teaching and lessons to fit their needs and desires. I strive to help my students create a beautiful sound and healthy techniques while learning the style they desire, as well as the fundamentals of music, including music theory, sight-reading, and ear-training. I recently moved to the Phoenix metro area, and at the time do not have my own studio, however am accepting online students and willing to travel to student homes. I accept students of all ages, genders, and abilities in beginner through advanced voice, beginner piano and beginner to intermediate recorder.
My preference in methods and practices is to assess each student upon beginning lessons and tailor my lesson plans and materials to fit their needs and desires. No two students are exactly alike. For young children, it is important to me to keep their interest and inspire them to want to keep learning, so I teach a fast-paced lesson that does not concentrate on one area for too long. This allows them to learn and practice a skill without it becoming monotonous or uninteresting. For adults, we begin by discussing goals and working through some basic exercises to assess skill level before finding the best course of action. For voice, I use no one instructional book or music, however in piano for children I do typically begin with John Thompson's Easiest Piano Course before moving on to appropriate literature, and for adults I like to begin with Alfred's Basic Adult Piano Course. For recorder, I use the Von Trapp's "Enjoy Your Recorder Books."
I tailor my lessons to each student's individual needs and desires. I believe that music should be fun and rewarding, and strive to keep my lessons interesting and engaging. I enjoy getting to know each student and love to hear from them what they want from lessons and the types of music they like. My personal training has been primarily focused in classical music, but as each student comes with their desires, my personal approach is to teach a healthy foundation and technique and guide them in the direction to become the best they can be in the area they desire.
I am a former college-mate and good friend of Kerysa. We met during grad school at Lee University and have grown as musicians and friends. Kerysa has a passion for music and a desire to share it with others. She has a genuine spirit and love for people. She takes her time to know you as a person and finds way to intentionally connect and understand you. Kerysa has a warm personality, which makes her spirit contagious. She is authentic and would find ways to give constructive criticism, while encouraging you. This is a great quality to have in a voice teacher- one who is honest, loving, and balanced! Kerysa is flexible and creative, yet driven and organized, as this is necessary to complete tasks! Any student would appreciate her level of flexibility and drive, as she seeks to find ways to accommodate people, while challenging them to be the best version of themselves. In addition, she has a rich music background. What I love about Kerysa is her flexibility and diversity in music. She is classically trained, but also has experience in Musical Theatre and show tunes, to name a few. Her educational background merged with musical experiences makes her a great candidate for a vocal instructor. I highly recommend anyone to have her as a voice instructor. You won't regret it!
Kerysa is an excellent teacher and musician! Her lessons are engaging, well-thought out and fun! She is very professional and positive. I always enjoy my voice lessons.
She’s an amazing teacher! She makes everyone feel comfortable and always helps with whatever you need. She makes you feel very relaxed and brings you up. Very encouraging and understanding
Kerysa is very passionate about music, and she is a fantastic, fun teacher.
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