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Instruments: Piano, Voice
Styles: Classical, Pop, Folk, Musical Theater, Opera, Showtunes, Spirituals

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Laura K In Home Teaches Online
Instruments: Piano, Voice
Styles: Classical, Pop, Folk, Musical Theater, Opera, Showtunes, Spirituals

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In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 10-80
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:

MM, Westminster Choir College, Voice Performance and Pedagogy BM, University of Delaware, Music Education

Awards:

2018-Sang in Mozart operas in Germany and the US 2017-Soprano Soloist in Carmina Burana with Princeton Pro Musica 2016-Westminster Voice Award (merit scholarship) 2014-NATS 1st place (Delaware) 2013-NATS 1st place

Overview:

I am passionate about giving back to this art form that has given so much to me. I specialize in classical voice and have recently finished my education. I have experience singing professionally in operatic productions, as a soloist in concerts and recitals, in choirs and churches. I have also enjoyed singing in smaller venues for children and senior citizens. I love to travel, and singing has given me the opportunity to travel to Germany, France, England, and several areas in the United States. Growing up, I played piano, violin and viola.

EXPERIENCE

Coming from an education background, I have several diverse experiences which qualify me to teach music. In college I majored in music education and developed tools to introduce beginners, both children and older amateurs, to music. I student taught students K-12 in choir, piano, theater, and general music. While In college, I also served as a teaching assistant for sight-singing classes, and found that I love developing a solid foundation in music literacy with my students. During and after graduate school, I taught private voice and piano--I taught students ages 5-60, of all levels and abilities.

METHODS USED

When teaching both voice and piano I find music literacy vital. In younger students first developing aural skills, I like to sing and repeat tonal and rhythmic patterns. I also give handout assignments to learn notes on the staff. With older and more experienced students, I devote time in each lesson to sight reading and sight singing. I use the Adventure series books for all of my piano students, as well as outside literature. If students have an interest in learning popular styles, I make sure to incorporate reading jazz/pop symbols into their lessons. When students are able, I have them learn scales and key signatures. For my voice students, I find it most important to pick literature that will be healthy for students to sing, as well as enrich their vocal development. For younger students, I like to both work on folk songs and music theater, and appropriate popular music if they are interested. Because acting and expression are so important in vocal performance, I make sure to explore each song's text and work with my students on how to best deliver the text in a meaningful way.

LESSON STYLE

It is important for both me and my student to have long-term and short-term goals. Long-term goals may have to do with technique--for voice, examples may be releasing tension or singing with proper breath support. Short term goals are more linked to repertoire and can be technical or musical. An example on the piano may be playing through a piece with a particular metronome marking. I have each of my students use a practice log so both the student and I can keep track of short-term goals. Every student is different, so I make sure that my goals are age and level appropriate, and provide an appropriate balance of challenge and enjoyment.

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