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BM, Longwood University, Vocal Performance & Music Education
Waverly Cole Scholarships 2017 –2017, 2014-2015, & 2015-2016 - Audition based scholarship from Longwood University Roy Clark Scholarship 2016-2017 - Audition based scholarship from Longwood University
Roxanne is a singer-songwriter based in Richmond, Virginia. She earned her Bachelor of Music degrees in both Vocal Performance and Music Education from Longwood University in 2017. She has experience singing and performing many styles of music, including musical theatre, classical "opera", jazz, folk, and pop. She also considers herself a singer-songwriter and often performs at local venues in Washington, D.C. as well as at weddings. In addition to voice, Roxanne also plays guitar, piano, ukulele and bass.
My teaching experience goes back to my college days, as I began teaching private adult lessons for my Studio class 5 years ago and have been teaching privately ever since. For the past year, however, I've been an elementary music teacher in Washington, D.C. I am certified to teach Pre-K-12th grades in public schools, although I usually coach adults privately. I now live in Richmond and gig around the area frequently at weddings, churches, and local venues/theatres. I spend time volunteering teaching music to adults with disabilities as well. I have a lot of experience performing classical, jazz, and popular styles of music. As a teacher, I really like to emphasize consistent practice as it really helps aid student progress. I am open to teaching a combination of modern and classical music to foster a well-rounded musical understanding.
The first time that we meet, I'll sit down with a new student and ask them about their musical experience and goals so that we can tailor the lessons to their individual needs and so that I can adjust my expectations accordingly. I am very flexible with my approach! During subsequent lessons, I will introduce the student to some basic concepts for their choice instrument(I teach piano, voice, or guitar), bel canto, Marchesi method(s), etc. With children I tend to use beginning method books like Hal Leonard and we go from there.
As a teacher, I am all about developing a passion for music and setting realistic musical goals for each lesson. I try to gently push my students in the right direction by finding out what kind of music really inspires them so I can tailor my instruction to their desires. However, if you're my student, I have high hopes and expectations for you! I know that with consistent practice, patience, and a gentle push in the right direction, we work together to learn any piece of music. Although I like to tailor my lessons to what music the student is interested, I also like to expose them to different styles or songs they maybe have never heard before so that they can become a more well-rounded musician.
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