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EdD, University of Alabama, Curriculum and Instruction, Music Education MME, Wichita State University, Choral BME, Wichita State University, Music Education (Voice)
2017- Most Outstanding Graduate Student, Choral Music, University of Alabama
2013- Assistant Director and Founding Member of Ad Astra Singers
2013- Camien Fellowship Recipient
2010- Concerto-Aria Competition Winner & Soloist (Voice)
2008-2010- Mu Phi Epsilon Vice President & President
I'm a passionate and motivated instructor who loves working with students and sharing my love of music with all. In 2010, I graduated from Wichita State University with a Bachelor of Music Education degree with a Vocal emphasis. Performing has always been one of my passions, and as an undergraduate, I had the opportunity to perform in six operas and one musical. I have toured out of the country to Italy and Greece, and in the country to New York City at various venues. I currently perform with the Nether Consort in Wichita and the Ad Astra Singers. In March 2014, my ensemble, Ad Astra Singers, will perform in Carnegie Hall.
I have been teaching for over 3 years in various positions of choir and private vocal lessons. I have taught private voice lessons for over 2 years. The focus of my teaching is allowing a free and resonant sound to be the guiding force in a student's vocal development. I implement pedagogical techniques in my teaching, as I have a vocal pedagogy background. I like the students to enjoy each piece of music they are working on, either because it provides them with a challenge or because of an emotional response they get from singing the piece. My students are encouraged to enter competitions and recitals, as well as work on composing their own original material if they wish.
For high school-aged students interested in the classical method or those wishing to enter into solo/ensemble festival, I typically start with folk songs and the essential Italian Art Songs. For high school-aged students interested in musical theater and/or pop music, we try to find common ground on their musical interests and find pieces based on that. For adults, I try to find out what the student is interested in, and guide my instruction accordingly to keep the lessons engaging and fun, no matter their ability level.
Nothing is more rewarding than seeing my students develop a passion for music and accomplish their goals! Therefore, it's important that each student progresses at his or her own pace and set goals for themselves. I encourage this by sitting down with the student at the beginning of our interactions, and deciding what they wish to "get out of" our lessons. We base our goals on those points and make progress at a reasonable rate. Finding a student's passion in music (style, genre, etc.) feeds their desire for beautiful music-making which instills a higher motivation for learning.
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