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MM, Indiana University, Vocal Performance BM, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, Vocal Performance
2016- Illinois Opera Theater Enthusiasts Excellence Award 2015- Thomas J. Smith Scholarshop 2014- New York Lyric Opera Theater National Competition, Finalist 2014-Clyde William Young Scholarship 2014- Illinois Opera Theater Enthusiasts Encouragement Award
My name is Maggie and I'm currently in my second year of my master's degree at Indiana University for Vocal Performance. I absolutely love singing and performing, and I'm very passionate about teaching as well. I have been fortunate enough to perform in Italy as well as around the United States. One of the highlights of my time here at Indiana University so far has been getting to work with Carol Vaness in her Opera Workshop class. I've been in several performances throughout my undergraduate and in my graduate degree and I cannot wait to see where my career will take me.
In my undergraduate degree, I taught a few students for several weeks and it was such a rewarding experience. The students grew vocally and I had so much fun getting to know them. Vocal health is my main priority when it comes to teaching. I love having fun with my students, working on repertoire that is appropriate but enjoyable, and creating a sound vocal technique that will create an ease of singing wherever they go. I focus mainly on classical music but I am definitely willing to work on modern music or musical theater pieces as well. I want to work with my students so they enjoy the repertoire and have fun with it!
My methods focus on creating a sound vocal technique. We start with classical warmups to ease the voice into singing and use exercises to create vocal agility as well as stamina. For beginner students, I love working with the 24 Italian Art Songs because the language is easy to teach and the music is enjoyable for students to learn. Folk songs are another way for students to ease into learning music because the melodies are often easy enough to learn quickly. Once the student has developed a solid technique, we can progress with repertoire that is appropriate for that particular student. For advanced students, the warmups will be the same but extended and the repertoire will be chosen based on the student's skill level. I also love working with the students on repertoire that they would like to learn to keep lessons fun and engaging!
I love seeing my students get excited to perform their music and come to lessons. Each student will progress at his or her own pace, but I love the journey of setting goals for each student and watching them accomplish it. I love being encouraging and providing constructive criticism in a way that will not tear the student down. I feel it is important to build the student's confidence so he or she can feel comfortable and excited in their abilities. I take the time to get to know the student as a person to make sure I can tailor my instruction to be individualized. I don't want to make the student learn repertoire they won't enjoy so I want my studio to be a fun, safe, enjoyable place to make music!
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