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BA, Bob Jones University, Humanities MMus, Bob Jones University, Voice Performance
2009 - Performed with BJU voice faculty in Handel's Messiah
2010 - Performed as a Priestess in professional performance of Samson et Dalila
2012 - Traveled Europe with a music team and performed in the Cologne Cathedral
2013 - Acted as head diction coach for and performed in a professional performance of Verdi's Aida
2015 - Soloist for Mozart's Requiem
I am a focused instructor and pursue progress. I come from a background of a love for music that turned into a desire to learn and perform. I owe everything I have become to my instructors, and I try to implement some of their technique into my teaching every chance I get. I have just recently graduated from a three-year master's program in voice performance. Since I've started that program, I have had the opportunity to travel Europe with a vocal ensemble, perform three times at the Grove Park Inn, act as diction coach for a professional opera chorus, and perform Mozart's Requiem.
I began teaching in 2010 when a friend asked if she could take lessons from me. Since then, I've had quite a few students throughout my college years. I've had the opportunity to instruct students with a wide range of potential, but everyone has learned something. I adjust my instruction based on the skill level of the student. This is very important--in order to grow, one must be built from the ground up. In the first lesson, I will assess the skill level and work on breath exercises, pitch matching, and scalar warm-ups. I have done extensive research on the potential in all age groups and am quite comfortable instructing children and up to senior adults. My main goal is to transcend preference of musical genre to a love of all music, because the student understands it.
The most common hindrance I find while teaching is the student himself. Before I address any other technique, I work on fixing the obvious. This method frees the student to learn without hold himself back. Even if the student has experience, I always start at the basics to gauge his understanding then work from there.
There is something completely satisfying about seeing a student's face light up when they understand or master a concept. Unfortunately, I've dealt with insufficient instructors in the past, and nothing is worse than feeling like it's your fault when you mess up as a student. Therefore, I have a set plan for each lesson and leave my student with a new list of skills to master for the next lesson, because I want them to know what success feels like. I will never waste my student's time.
Very nice teacher and personable. I was concerned about the Skype lesson but it worked well.
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