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B.M Berklee College of Music, Music Business - Marketing
M.A Berklee College of Music, Global Entertainment & Music Business - Entrepreneurship
2017 - CS Music Competition 1st Place Musical Theatre
Hello! My name is pronounced Kwee Ah Day. Now that you have practiced that a few times I can tell you about myself. I enjoy performing very much, but I love teaching even more because it allows me to influence others who are just as passionate. In order to get into Berklee College of Music you must audition as a vocalist or instrumentalist - I auditioned as a vocalist and performed regularly every semester. I also play piano (intermediate level) as my secondary instrument. In order to comprehend music theory, I use piano as my point of reference because I am a visual learner. I studied in Valencia, Spain where I curated events, shows and performed in front of sold out crowds.
Since 2011, I have worked with my voice teacher as an apprentice to understand how the voice fundamentally functions. Each voice is different, so I treat it as such. No artist is the same. PLEASE DO NOT SEEK VOICE LESSONS EXPECTING ME TO CREATE A MIRACLE. I encourage you to write out your goal(s) before seeking lessons. The voice is a muscle and I treat it as such when teaching, especially in young children. I teach to inform performers how to healthily sing for a long time. Every student will be exposed to a variety of styles and will settle on the genre or genres that appeals to you the most. I encourage students to perform as often as possible in school choirs, musicals, community theatre, etc to learn the reality of performing in professional environments. It is okay to take lessons to build confidence when speaking in public. It is okay to want to learn how to write your own songs. Allow your love for music to live at the forefront of your endeavors.
For students who are just beginning with voice lessons, I like to start them off by asking a series of questions to learn about their background in order to gauge how I will teach them. Some questions include the following: do you listen to music? What kind of music do you listen to? Do you play sports? What kind of sports? What are your eating habits? Just to name a few. Then I will ask the student to sing vocal exercises to assess their aural skill level. Then from there I will have students sing a song or a few songs that showcase their artistic expression. Then after every lesson, I will assign work that should be done in between our lessons. Practicing is ESSENTIAL TO GROWTH! I cannot stress this enough.
Piano lessons work a bit differently. I will ask questions about their background, however most of the learning begins with theory books. Once the work has been assigned in the theory books, the student and I will choose a fun piece to learn where the student will be able to apply the theory they learned. Then each week the student will practice.
Once again, each student is different and I will never compare one students to the next. What I will do is teach students the importance of practicing everyday and how to develop practice habits that work for YOU. As you are working through your journey in lessons, I like to acknowledge the accomplishments of the student. Even if the student cannot hear their growth, I will always make sure that they know they are on the road to an increased level of artistry. I like to use Youtube and Spotify and Tidal when teaching so students know that I am tapped in to the trends of today while teaching them "old school" fundamentals. Most voice students cannot play piano, so I will provide links that they can use at home practicing.
For piano, I teach from books so I will repeat what has been stated in the book and then ask if the student has questions. If the student does not understand something I will find other ways to explain the same concept. Whether teaching voice or piano, students are ENCOURAGED TO ASK QUESTIONS.
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