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BM, Northwestern University, Vocal Performance MM, University of Southampton, Vocal Performance
1997 - Junior Miss Illinois 1997 - Junior Miss America Non Finalist Talent Winner 1997 - Glen Miller Vocal Competition First Place 2010 - Academia Awards Best Rock Cover
I'm an experienced and passionate teacher. I graduated from Northwestern University in 2001 with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and University of Southampton in the UK in 2010 with a Master of Music, Vocal Performance. I have performed throughout Europe and the US in many capacities, and in addition to my training in classical voice and musical theatre, I'm also an accomplished recording artist. My coaching practice encompasses all styles, as I myself have performed in and trained in all styles from classical to pop. My students have been selected to go to front of the line American Idol auditions, signed contracts with Motown, EMI, Sony, have included touring artists to novice beginners of all ages. I specialize in securing good technique for any style, and using different tones appropriate to each style i.e. - 'belting' vs 'legit' vocal tone, and tailor each lesson to the individual students needs, style, ability, and interest.
I've been teaching voice full time for five years. Many students come to my studio in West Hollywood, or I am available to meet at Pierre's Fine Pianos in Santa Monica. Other options include me coming to you. Please see my travel map. :) I host bi annual recitals for my students to perform in, and encourage participation in outside performance and audition opportunities whether at school or a local open mic. Of course having fun is an aim, but serious progress is a definitely aim as well!I also now teach piano to young beginners.
My Methods: Fundamentals of breath work - incorporating several physical exercises and methods of showing the coordination until it is ingrained Focus on the use of the resonators - projecting the sound to the different cavities where sound resonates before leaving your body and into the room (i.e. 'the mask', mouth resonance, chest resonance, etc) Reducing tongue tension - a common issue is root of the tongue tension and I have several exercises to address this Improving range - most of my students gain notes in their belt range and their head range, and often in their low range as well Increasing the legato vocal line - here we focus on linking the vowels properly supported by the breath Jaw tension - similar to tongue we have evercises for this Style - different approaches such as riffing, back phrasing, using a glottal attack, using a breathy attack - creating colorful expressive phrases that link to the emotion of the song and the style desired Musicality - learning to read music, counting tempo, sustaining pitch, syncopation, dynamics, etc Diction - correct vowel shapes and enunciation + awareness of when tension closes down the vocal line if diction is carried over from speaking habits Performance - using tools from acting training to perform a song effectively and believably Career consultation - when appropriate, also offered
I have an arsenal of exercises and tools that I apply as needed for each student, and generally give each student an overview with lots of reinforcement in subsequent lessons at my concepts of technique. Generally each lesson involves vocalese - scales, triads, increasing in difficulty as appropriate and based on individual areas of need, followed by work on the repertoire. We work a lot with sheet music and a keyboard or piano is needed for the work. I also allow karaoke tracks - this works well for a lot of what we do but it's ideal to also have sheet music to iron out the music precisely. I supply handouts about vocal technique, anatomy, and vocal health and have a large library of music to provide to help reduce material costs.
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