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MEd, Harvard University Graduate School of Education, Education and Entrepreneurship BA, Lesley University, Entrepreneurship Continuing Education, New England Conservatory of Music, Jazz Voice Continuing Education, Berklee College of Music, Jazz Voice BA Candidate, Emerson College, Acting and Theatre Education
2004-2006 - Editor's Choice Award, International Society of Poets at Library of Congress
2004- Performed City Year Graduation at the Wang Center for the Performing Arts
2001- Spoken Word and Poetry Award at Jamaicaway Books
My musical background includes over 35 years of experience as a singer and actor, performing for live audiences and appearing in independent audio/video recordings. I began ear and vocal training as a very young child enrolled in Suzuki style violin at the Montessori Educare school, and private piano and voice instruction at the Boston Conservatory of Music. As a young adult, I studied “Freeing the Natural Voice” with Professor Kristen Linklater while enrolled at Emerson College, and later had private jazz vocal instruction (at New England Conservatory of Music and Berklee College of Music). In 2010, I earned a BA in Entrepreneurship from Lesley University, and in 2011 received my M.Ed. in Education and Entrepreneurship from the Special Studies Program at Harvard University Graduate School of Education. The encouragement that I receive from my own mentors, and the success of former students, continues to inspire me to share my love of music with others. I love working with students of all ages, and skill levels, as they reach for, and achieve their goals. I am available to instruct students online, in their home, and/or at a reserved practice room or sound studio.
I started teaching voice because I love to sing, and I enjoy sharing my love of music with others. An important part of my early professional experience has been teaching performing arts enrichment classes (voice, acting, creative writing, spoken word, visual arts, etc.). In addition to private and group instruction for students of all ages and various genres, my work as an educator also includes: · designing courses and conducting workshops and panel discussions in the fields of arts, education, and business/ entrepreneurship · training teachers in writing and implementing academic and recreational arts lesson plans · managing, directing, and producing educational, cultural, and arts performances and special events My voice students (at all levels of development) engage in learning about: Vocal Anatomy and Voice Health, Respiration and Breath Control, Sound Waves and Vibrational Energy, Rhythm, Pitch, Tone, Melody, Harmony, Timing/Phrasing, Posture and Presence, History and Culture, and more!
I believe it is important to help students gain a multidimensional understanding of voice as a communication tool, a sacred instrument, and a healing arts science, etc. My work has evolved into a student-centered practice mixed with the ability to maintain a rigid curriculum structure and/or embrace the freedom of an open approach to musical exploration. My method is eclectic, and ranges from the use of popular voice instruction standards, to creating customized curriculum designed to support each student’s individual learning goals and objectives. My number one focus is on creating a safe and comfortable atmosphere where each student is provided with opportunities to develop new skills and strengths in a wide range of areas. I always enjoy the adventurous journey of working with every student (or group) that contacts me, whether it is for voice instruction, artist coaching, short-term audition preparation, long-term vocal training, or for special guidance with voice acting, accents and pronunciation, or poetry, spoken word and HipHop, etc.
My approach to teaching is based on establishing a safe and comfortable atmosphere, in which teacher and student develop trust through mutual respect for each other and the creative learning process. One of my main goals as a voice instructor is helping students develop their true authentic and unique voice (sound, message, style, presence, etc) through engaging and challenging practice. Generally, a voice lesson with me will consist of the following: · Physical and Vocal Warm Ups · Breathing Exercises (with Anatomical Images/Video) · Drilling (Scales variations in time, phrasing, pitch, etc) · Song Selections (developing standard and unique repertoires that highlight student strengths) · Focal Skill (a technical skills practice challenge) · Homework (to be announced)
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