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Degrees:University of Maryland - MM in Opera Performance - 2012 Wichita State University - BM in Vocal Music Performance - 2010
Training:Chautauqua Opera 2012 - Apprentice Artist Chautauqua Opera 2012 - Studio Artist Opera In The Ozarks 2008 - Young Artist
Years Experience:Voice - 10 years Harp - 8 years
Mandy, an active performer and teacher, has been teaching in the Washington DC area for 2 years. In addition to holding a studio in the DC area, Mandy also directs a children's choir and is a part of the classical music scene as a performer. In summer of 2012, Mandy was a studio artist with Chautauqua Opera for their summer season and has a large resume of other operatic performance experience. She has a wide knowledge base of music, but specializes in Classical, Jazz, and Musical Theater.
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Mandy has several years experience in teaching voice and one year teaching harp. As a performer herself, she understands the needs of her students and adapts to their individual needs.Her personal philosophy regarding teaching is that one should use a healthy technique no matter what genre of music you perform. She encourages students to study music they are passionate about so they enjoy the process. If a student isn't enjoying the music, they won't enjoy the lessons. Music should be one of life's pleasure, not another item on the 'to-do' list.
For Voice:Bel Canto technique Eurythmics Dramatic analysis of text/music for understanding of musical line and interpretation.
For Harp:Grandjany method
45 minute - an hour long lesson:Warm up Work on an assigned piece or pieces Use assigned pieces to improve upon vocal or harp technique Learn how to best express the text and musical line of the piece For vocal music - create an interpretation unique to the student Work on pieces that stretch and challenge the student
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