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Master Degree: University of Southern California Thornton School of Music
Bachelor Degree: University of California at Santa Cruz
2012-2015 USC Thornton School of Music Merit Scholarship
MET Council Audition Encouragement Award (2014, 2015)
International (top 16) Finalist in the Lauritz Melchior Wagner Competition (2017)
International Finalist in the Meistersinger von Nürnberg International Competition (2016)
I enjoy sharing my passion for music with people, and I find that in teaching all different ages that I my understanding of my own technique deepens as I find many ways to communicate the same concept. I have a Bachelors of Music in both Voice and Flute Performance from the University of California at Santa Cruz, as well as a Masters of Music from the USC Thornton School of Music. I have extensive experience performing in chamber ensembles, orchestras, choirs, and also as a solo artist. I’ve been teaching voice privately since Fall 2017, and joined my first music school in January 2018. I’m currently also an apprentice artist at the Potomac Vocal Institute in DC.
I’ve been teaching privately since fall of 2017, and have taught at a private music school since January 2018. In my two years of teaching, I’ve learned the best way to encourage consistent practice is to set realistic short term and long term goals: Finding and pursuing performance opportunities, auditioning for summer camps, preparing a performance for your family, etc. When there is an end goal, we can more clearly plan out what things to focus on in lessons. Rather than have lessons focused on a little bit of everything every week, I like to mix things up and focus on specific aspects of technique (usually in fun and interesting ways ????).
For young children (ages 4-10), I focus primarily on building a foundation in rhythm, pitch matching, and vocal warm ups (wolf howls, lip trills, tongue trills, etc.). I also encourage young children to bring in songs they enjoy singing, and use those songs to help build their understanding of musical structure. For slightly more experienced children (those who already can read music) I teach using the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) guidelines. I still encourage students to bring their own songs, but lessons at this level will have more structure and moderate amounts of homework. For adults, I take a more holistic approach and tailor my teaching much more to the needs of the individual (for instance working more on vocal style and technique than on music literacy).
What I want is to nurture a life long love and appreciation of music. Every student is going to be at a different level, and have their own strengths and weaknesses. I prefer to get to know my students and their taste in music, before imposing any sort of practice regimen. What’s important is that students enjoy and are fulfilled by their lessons, not overwhelmed (because then they don’t practice!). I do this by communicating with students beforehand about their short term and long term goals and past experiences, so that we can hit the ground running.
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