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Doctoral Degree: University of Minnesota
Master Degree: Johns Hopkins University
2016- UMN Music Fellowship
2011- Johns Hopkins University General Scholarship
2006- UMN Music Scholarship
I am a high energy instructor that brings my passion for singing, attention to the individual, and knowledge of vocal technique into each and every lesson. I graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2011 with a Bachelor of Musical Arts Degree. I continued my education and received a Masters of Music degree from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University in 2013. I am currently working on my dissertation to complete the Doctorate of Musical arts degree from the University of Minnesota. I have studied with and worked under some of the best coaches and voice teachers in the United states, as well as prominent stage directors. I have performed as a featured soloist and lead in opera productions in Minnesota since 2017.
I have been teaching private voice lessons for 5 years. For 2 years starting in 2017, I worked as a graduate voice assistant at the University of Minnesota where I taught vocal methods in a classroom environment, as well as private lessons to a studio of 18+ students. I am most experienced teaching young adults, though I am comfortable with any age group. I received training from the University of Minnesota and am familiar with a variety of pedagogical approaches. I am experienced with providing both 30 and 60 minute lessons and founds success in both formats.
I begin with an assessment of the student that starts with the student explaining to me his or her background and personal goals/reasons for taking voice lessons. From there, I take the student through simple exercises where assess the students ability in the fundamentals of, postural alignment, breath support, resonance, articulation, and vowel constancy. Based on the students' ability I devise a regimen of vocal exercises designed to strengthen areas of weakness. As students master the exercises new ones are assigned and worked on. Additionally, I assign repertoire that enables the student to work on the needed technical skills. In terms of repertoire selection, I always keep the student's interests in mind, but I always make sure that the student has one piece that has been carefully curated by me. Additionally, I encourage the student to bring repertoire to me; if I deem it appropriate to the students technical abilities, I am always happy to work on it. I teach the fundamentals from a classical, 'bel canto" perspective, which I believe sets the students up to excel in any style without vocal damage.
For me, voice teaching is all about the individual. Unlike a violin, trumpet, piano, or other instrument of a fixed size and shape, voices come in all shapes and sizes. Each students physiology and psychology is different and responds better to different stimuli/approaches. In singing, our bodies are our instruments! Therefore, there is no one size fits all approach to teaching voice. It thrills me to get to know a student and work with them in a cooperative and encouraging way to achieve his or her goals. I work from a place of compassion, support and encouragement. While I believe there is a place for strictness and intensity, every student responds differently and I adapt accordingly to the needs of the student.
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