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BM, New England Conservatory, Contemporary Improvisation BA, Tufts University, Drama
I am a singer and theatre-maker based in New York City who has performed in a wide range of styles, formats and genres (from professional musical theatre to new opera development, to avant-garde jazz) and all over the United States, Europe, South America, and Asia. Although I specialize in new music and folk music, my training is in classical and jazz voice allowing me to teach a healthy approach to nearly any style of singing. I started teaching classes, workshops, and events in my early college days, and soon moved on to teaching private students, finding that the one-on-one connection allows me to delve deeply into the interests and motivations of my students and more easily help them on their musical journey.
I began teaching songwriting workshops in college to elementary students lacking an adequate arts program at their school. Years later, I have also taught voice, Shakespeare, modern theatre, and musicology and have worked extensively with private students to help develop artistry and musical understanding for individual students. I find that my background in classical vocal styles lends itself well to helping students in any genre find their voice and a healthy technique for singing. My deep connections with a variety of performers, schools, and organizations allows me to give quality advice to students from highschoolers seeking college and conservatory help to adults looking to expand their musical horizons.
For all students, I start with a great relaxation of the body. The voice will not find a healthy technique if there is any tension in the back, stomach, throat, face, or breathing mechanism. Once a student has let go of the tension in the body, we begin building up healthy techniques, good breath support, good vowel formation and placement of the sound. All technique should be worked on independently (i.e. in exercises that I devise as well as those of Vaccai and Marchese) and also in context (i.e. by working on repertoire that addresses specific technical difficulties).
I aim to cater my teaching to each of my students. Some students are only interested in learning more about the voice and improving their musicality and appreciation for music. Others are on a track toward professional singing. In either student, it is important to establish goals and limits for their own musical journeys. Students who are interested in having a good time and learning how to sing their favorite songs will be met with a happy teacher interested in improving their relationship with music. More serious students will find a teacher happy to push them toward their goals and needs as developing professionals.
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