Bachelor Degree: University of California, Master Degree: California Institute of the Arts
2019 - 2022 Lilian Disney Scholarship
I am a musician, singer-songwriter, composer with a Master of Fine Arts in music from the California Institute of the Arts, specialization Performer-Composer and a Bachelor's Degree in English Literature from the University of California, Los Angeles. I have been composing and performing music for most of my life and enjoy connecting with all students at all levels and ages. I believe that each of us have different paths and experiences that lead us to expressing ourselves artistically. I aim to assist with the cultivation of each individuals' talent and passion in sharing their journeys in their own unique way through their art.
To be honest, I didn't become serious about teaching in the arts until I went to graduate school from 2019 - 2022. There, I co-taught a class in the winter 2022 to undergraduates and realized I enjoyed teaching a variety of artists and helping them to feel more open in sharing their art and artistic practices. When I graduated, I knew that the next logical and intuitive step for me was teaching. Not only do I want to help others achieve their goals, I also feel that teaching pays homage to all of the mentors and teachers I've had throughout my life. Passing the torch, rites of passage, paying it forward are all themes that have inspired me to be an educator.
I am an introvert and sometimes need to work on my art with a teacher one-on-one instead or in a classroom setting. This is the kind of space I provide for my students. I don't want them to feel intimidated, shy or under any pressure. I want them to feel as though they can have fun while simultaneous working on their craft. For beginning piano students who are children, I typically start with scales and Hal Leonard's My First Piano and for older students, Alfred's Basic Adult Piano Course. For vocal lessons, the lessons consist of body warmups, vocal warmups, ear-training and then we focus on a song of their choice which will be included in their first recital performance.
I strive to create a safe space for my students where they can dive into their material and feel empowered through learning and practicing. Some weeks a piano student might complete the material rapidly and some weeks, they may want to go slower, taking their time, therefore they excel at their own comfort level and don't feel as though there is a race. With voice, I prefer to let the student pick songs that they enjoy singing and speak to their own heart. This way we can use their passion to fuel their momentum while simultaneously working on breathing, pitch and stamina techniques.