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MM, San Francisco Conservatory of Music BM, San Francisco Conservatory of Music
2014- New York City Opera Debut as Mrs.Grose in "Turn of the Screw" by Britten
2010- Carnegie Hall Debut as the Alto Soloist in "Gloria" by Vivaldi
2008- Los Angeles Opera Debut as a Maiden in "Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny" by Kurt Weill which won two grammy's.
As a professional Opera Singer and voice teacher, I get to combine my knowledge of teaching with my experience as a performer. In 2002, I graduated from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy. I've had the honor of singing all over the world, including making my Carnegie Hall Debut as the Alto Soloist in Vivaldi's "Gloria." I maintain an active performing career as a mainstage artist. My joy is teaching, I love sharing my performance experiences and technique with my students.
I began teaching over 13 years ago during my undergraduate studies at SFCM. During my Master's of Music studies, I decided to focus on vocal pedagogy too. During these past 13 years, I have maintained an active voice studio with over 20 plus students. Most of whom have studied with me for a minimum of 5 years. Their ages vary from 5 to over 70 years old. I use a classical technique that we apply to any kind of genre/style. I have my students keep weekly journals to mark their progress and I assign them weekly homework as well. I always over a variety of competitions and recitals at major venues here in the San Diego area. I'm always looking forward to bring on new students of all ages!
For beginning piano students who are children, I usually start with Hal Leonard's Essential Elements. Once the student has progressed to have a grasp of the fundamentals, I slowly begin to introuduce solo repertoire in anticipation of their first recital performance. For beginning voice students who are younger, I usually start with basic vocal exercises and music through movement. Once they have connected to their deep breathing, and are singing in a healthy manner, I then incorporate solo assignments. And guide them towards their first recital performance. For adults in either piano or voice, I find out what the student is interested in, and guide my lesson accordingly to keep the lessons engaging and fun, regardless of their ability level. I also find that once the adult students are acclimated, they enjoy performing in the recitals almost as much as the children do!
I feel that nothing is more rewarding than seeing my students develop their talent and joy for music! I approach each student in an individual manner and cater vocal exercises or piano exercises specifically to their needs and skill level. I have each student keep a weekly journal and we mark their progress accordingly. I even give reward points for homework done correctly toward a music gift card. I like to make lessons a wonderful learning process and fun!
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