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BA, William Jessup University, Vocal Performance
I've loved music ever since I was a little girl! I graduated from William Jessup University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music, concentrating on worship leading and vocal performance. I've performed since I was eleven when I first decided to try music as a hobby, and in high school I realized that music wasn't just a hobby. It was a passion! In college I had the opportunity in my university choir to travel twice a year, touring with our musicians and singers. My favorite thing about music is how it connects people and inspires. Nothing makes me feel more fulfilled than performing!
I'm fairly new to teaching. I had the opportunity to co-lead the soprano section in my university choir for a year, which gave me my first taste of what teaching other people was like. I loved it, because it allowed me to step into something bigger than myself: helping other people learn how to sing together well! After graduating from William Jessup University I began to intern at my church, where I started teaching group lessons. This has given me a wonderful opportunity to manage teaching multiple people at the same time, teaching them how to bounce off of one another and grow as individuals. My favorite thing about teaching is watching a student's face light up when a technique or an idea clicks. When that happens, I know I'm doing something right!
I tailor my lessons to the student and their goals. I pull my methods and practices from experience and A Spectrum of Voices by Elizabeth Blades-Zeller. I also like to teach my students basic music theory to give them a better understanding of how music is structured and to deepen their overall musicianship. For that, I pull from Music in Theory and Practice Volume 1 by Bruce Benward and Marilyn Saker. I like to start my lessons with warm ups and scales on the piano and then move into the material for the lesson. For beginners, I work on the basics of getting to know how the voice works and how the student's voice is structured. For more advanced students, I work with them on different pieces dependent on their goals.
I approach teaching with specific methods in mind, but I always tailor my lessons to the student. I keep an open mind to switching things up if and idea isn't clicking, because the student and their love for music is what I care about most. I'm a fan of trying different things and working towards the student's goals. I want the student to have fun, most importantly, and I want them to grow and feel confident in their voice. Whatever boosts their confidence in themselves and helps them to love their voice more, that's what I'm after!
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