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2020 - Summa Cum Laude
2019 - Columbia University Conducting Institute Scholarship
2020 - The Society of of Collegiate Leadership and Achievement
2016 - Rider University Dean's Merit Scholarship
I am super passionate music teacher who loves facilitating students' vocal growth. I graduated from Westminster Choir College in 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education. During my time at Westminster, I have had the pleasure of singing in some amazing venues such as The Lincoln Center in New York, the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, The National Cathedral in Washington D.C., Oxford University in England, and many others. In addition to the countless performance opportunities I had, I also got to work with some of the most amazing music education faculty in the world. Because of this, I have been able to build upon my craft as a teacher and performer. My passion for music and teaching is transferred into my voice studio. I believe that I have the best job in the world; I get to help people of all ages find their voice and confidence. My positivity and amazing relationship with my students has given me great success within the students I teach.
I had my first ever voice student in my sophomore year of college. Because of my busy schedule and her distance from me, we met for our lessons on FaceTime. As a young teacher, I believed that giving her lessons would give me some great experience, as well as help her to improve her voice. Her voice continued to improve with each passing week, and so throughout college I took on a couple of more voice students here and there. I absolutely loved having the opportunity to build personal relationships with young singers. I felt such a rush of joy whenever I left the lessons; knowing that the students felt more confident after their time with me. Once I graduated, I decided to start building a studio with more voice students. Throughout the summer, I took in some more students, and I have built such amazing and positive relationships with them. My main goals are for my students to feel comfortable to express themselves, build on their technique, and most importantly: have fun singing. I believe that every person has the potential to be musical; not matter the age, gender, or ability level. I am so excited to have even more students to share the wonderful gift a music making with!
Because the voice is not as concrete as instruments, I do not use a specific, rigid method. Every voice is unique to the person. I create individual lessons plans for each student, and I tailor the exercises to the needs of that particular student. I believe that singing is the most beautiful and human thing we can do as musicians, and following one rigid method, in my opinion, does not motivate singers. My approach to singing comes from yoga. I begin every single lesson with about 2-5 minutes of breathing exercises that stem from yoga practices. As humans, the first thing that we do before we make any kind of a sound is breathe. I believe that understanding your own breathing mechanism will give you your most honest, authentic, healthy, and full sound. Every one of my students will be able to explain, what I call, "the pillars of breathing" and how it relates to vocal technique. This has given my students great success. I have found that once they connect to their breath, they connect to themselves and their vocal mechanisms more effectively. After the breathing exercises, I work on vocal technical exercises for the first half of the lesson. During this time, I teach my students about vocal health, vocal agility, pitch, vocal strength, expanding their ranges, and much more. I like incorporating visuals and movement to help the students kinesthetically connect to a concept. In the last half of the lesson, we work on vocal repertoire. With this, I mainly hone in concepts like characterization, interpretation, stage presence, pitch, and technique.
My students will tell you that I am the most positive teacher in the world! As the voice continues to grow and change, you hit many roadblocks. I believe that a voice teacher needs to be as positive and encouraging as possible to keep students motivated. Although I try to create warm, positive, open, and encouraging environment, I always tell my students that I will never lie to them. I always want my students to continue to improve, and because of this I will always give critiques. Whenever I give a student a critique, I always begin by saying something positive they did. Then I explain the critique and how they can improve the next time. I want my students to feel like they have accomplished something, while knowing that there is always room for improvement. Positive reinforcement always keep the students motivated. As far as repertoire goes, I allow my students to pick their own music while incorporating my suggestions for repertoire to learn. I believe that I use a heathy balance of positivity and suggestions for improvement. If I show respect for a student, they will always show respect for me, too. I like to get to know my students, laugh with them, and just make some amazing music.
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