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BA, Missouri State University, Music Studies
2008- 1st Place, Musical Theatre NATS Local and Regional 2008- 1st Place, NATS Local and Regional 2009- 1st Place, Musical Theatre NATS Local and Regional 2010- 1st Place, NATS Local and Regional 2012- Best Soloist, International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella 2013- Best Arrangement, International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella 2014- Best Arrangement, International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella 2014- Nominee for Best Male Collegiate Arrangement, Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards 2015- Best Arrangement, International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella
I'm a passionate musician from a small town in Missouri. My love for music started at a young age and I'm happy to say much of my personal and professional time has been spent surrounded by it. I love every different genre for different reasons and appreciate every musician for their addition to the field. I studied voice and piano from the age of 8 through to high school and college eventually teaching at a private studio in Birmingham, AL. Music has taken me on many journeys and I can't wait to see where it leads me next!
My experience teaching started in college. I was lucky enough to be elected the Music Director of an all male a cappella group at Missouri State and much of my time was spent teaching vocal techniques, musicianship, and arranging to the group as well as individually. At this time, I was also the tenor section leader for the Missouri State Concert Chorale under the direction of Dr. Guy Webb. After college, I pursued a teaching career in Birmingham, AL where I taught private voice and piano lessons to 30-40 students a week as well as coaching group classes and rock bands for competition. The greatest joy I have in teaching is when a student finds their voice. I am an advocate for originality and look for the moment when the student connects with their true voice and sings confidently from that day forward.
For my students, I will always meet them where they are in their musical journey. For students in general, I find they respond better when faced with a challenge that they are more familiar with. I believe the same rules of musicianship in classical based performing can be learned from a more contemporary aspect. After the student is comfortable, I will slowly expand their horizons both in the music they listen to and the music they perform. Everyone's voice is different and I strive to find the uniqueness in each person's gift while encouraging growth and professionalism.
My teaching style is free flowing and depends on the specific student. Everybody's experience with music is different and not everybody will pick things up as quickly as others so you must meet them where they are. Music is nerve-racking at first because expressing ourselves isn't something that is always encouraged so I look for something they are interested in to start off. From there, we build on musicality and find their original response to music. I love knowing what my students are influenced by and strive to set realistic goals and expectations so they can gradually see themselves where they want to be.
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