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BM, New York University, Voice Performance Level 9 Certification, Royal Conservatory of Music, Voice Performance Level 8 Certification, Royal Conservatory of Music, Piano Performance Level 8 Certification, Royal Conservatory of Music, Theory - Advanced Rudiments
I'm a passionate and energetic instructor who values arts education, loves sharing a passion for music with motivated students, and teaching people of all ages in many different instruments, genres, and styles. I am a graduate of New York University's Voice Program, specializing in Classical and Musical Theater performance. I've had the opportunity to perform with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and The Rolling Stones at the Air Canada Center. I am also passionate about youth development and have had the privilege of teaching music and dance to students in Europe, South Africa, and Central America.
I have been teaching private lessons for 8 years, mostly to young students between the ages of 3 and 10. I began as an in-home Flute instructor in my hometown of Mississauga, Ontario, where I encouraged regular practice and a focus on music that was special and exciting for each child. I believe a combination of Classical technique and modern styles keeps students challenged and engaged throughout their musical development, and education on the piano, saxophone, flute, and voice should be exploratory and fun!
For beginner students who are children, I typically start with Hal Leonard's Essential Elements, as that was how I began teaching myself on the saxophone when I was 10 years old. For adults, I will begin with the Jazz Conception series of technical rudiments and etudes. The same methods will apply to the flute. For piano, there is a variety of elementary instruction books that I am open to using depending on the students needs. For beginners, there will be a heavy emphasis on scale/theory work to gain a strong core understanding of technique, which will allow students to have freedom within every style. For adult pianists, the Alfred's Adult Piano Course books are strongly recommended. For Voice, I will follow a classical/legit vocalism method, focusing on the pedagogical aspect of the voice through technique and moving through classical and early theater repertoire into contemporary/pop/rock repertoire.
Each student is on their own musical journey and I am extremely process based for this reason. I will typically have students record portions of their lessons so they can listen back and hear the quality of their sound, and for some, will ask them to reflect on it in their next lesson. I often ask students keep a notebook or journal with weekly goals that we set together in each lesson, and I am always encouraging of my students bringing in music they are interested in learning if it is suitable to their current technical and developmental level. I am very open to musical interpretation and enjoy finding meaning and personal connection to the music, so I appreciate constant conversation and communication within my studio.
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