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Ed.M., Teachers College - Columbia University (Music and Music Education) M.A., Teachers College - Columbia University (Music and Music Education) B.F.A., University of Colorado - Boulder (Theatre Performance)
2013 - Winner, NATS, New York City Chapter (Category VI)
2009 - Scholarship Winner, New York Opera Studio
2008 - Scholarship Winner, Teachers College
2002 - Summa Cum Laude Graduate
2002 - Graduating Senior Scholarship Winner (1 of 8 in College of Arts and Sciences)
What thrills me about education is the unexpected discovery: the discovery of connection between individual disciplines or the realization of one’s own creativity or a deeper comprehension of life’s vitality, all of which lead to a revivified awareness of humanity. As a teacher, choral director, and educational theatre director, I strive to incorporate my knowledge and love of music, theatre, and learning to create a world in which my students and I are able to deconstruct barriers to our understanding of subjects and our place in the world, whether that be as musicians, writers, artists or scholars. As a performer, I find nothing more satisfying than the communication between myself and the other perfomers, the audience, the music, the poetry, and the theater. I have been thrilled to perform in musical theater throughout Colorado and to find myself loving opera here in New York. Opera has taken me to new worlds of emotion and humanity, as well as less esoteric places like Italy and Germany! What a priviledge it is!
What separates me from many other voice teachers is my varied background as both a performer and an educator. I have performed in musical theatre, operas, contemporary American plays, and Shakespeare’s classics. I also am an experienced educator, having taught middle school chorus and drama, directed student plays, coached students through New York State School Music Solo festivals, taught group singing to adult beginners, and worked with private students ages 11- older adults. I am able to adapt to the goals of each student and challenge him or her to discover artistic accomplishments they did not know they could achieve. I taught Middle School Chorus and Drama in Bronxville, NY from 2008-2014, where I also directed and music directed musicals and plays. Additionally, I teach private voice lessons to students ages 12 – adult. I began teaching privately while also earning my graduate degrees (MA ,EdM - Music and Music Education from Teachers College, Columbia University) in 2006. Prior to earning my education degrees, I studied voice and acting (BFA - Theatre Performance) at the University of Colorado after a lifetime of acting and singing. I spent my youth on stage in various musical theatrical productions, children's chorales, choirs, and plays.To me, there is nothing more fun and satisfying than expressing and telling stories through music and theater!
I like to work with students individually for their own goals and skill level. For younger students, we work on msuciality and basics of singing through devleopmentally appropriate (and fun!) songs. Regardless of the student's level, each lesson contains singing repertoire, vocal exercises to work on technique, and musicianship skills. The combination of these elements will depend entirely on the student's needs and desires! At the consultation lesson, I will provide a written assessment of where I see the student progressing and propose a plan to reach the student’s stated goals, focusing always on the process of individual development. I will also offer written practice plans to help students increase their independence and meet their goals outside the studio. Ideally, these goals will be met through a combination of regular individual practice and weekly lessons. If weekly lessons are not possible, the goals for each student’s progress can be adjusted to adapt to her/his individual needs.
Working on one’s singing technique need not be a mystical venture, but it is filled with results beyond those we could dare to expect at the onset. People of all ages and levels of expertise can benefit from learning to express themselves with a vocal ease and freedom. The vocal technique I teach combines vocal exercises and repertoire to help each student become an artist capable of independence, creativity, and excitement. The exercises are designed to work through the process of singing, allowing students the ability to employ their unique voices. I teach using plain language that is developmentally appropriate and grounded in anatomy and the physical practice of singing. This allows me to help guide students to independence and understanding about how to best mobilize their voices without the use of mysterious imagery that, at best, only works sporadically. Using my strong understanding of vocal anatomy and development, I tailor my explanations so they are developmentally appropriate for all ages.
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