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Placement in Colorado-Wyoming NATS Classical Category
I am a teacher who loves what they do! I enjoy imparting my knowledge to others knowing that it can help them, whether it be preparing for college auditions or just learning to sing for the first time. I just recently finished my master of music performance at The University of Northern Colorado, with my undergraduate degree in music performance at William Carey University in Hattiesburg, MS. I have appeared in opera productions such as Cosi fan tutte, The Magic Flute, Hansel und Gretel, and Mother of Us All. I also originated the operatic role of Tranio in The Taming, an opera first performed in 2020 at UNC. Additionally, I have participated in NATS Colorado-Wyoming and placed in the classical category. I have also been in a number of productions in musical theatre that includes Here's Love, White Christmas, How to Eat Like a Child, Of Thee I sing, and more.
I began teaching in my undergraduate program which was part of our vocal pedagogy classwork. Since then, I have been in other pedagogy classes in my graduate program which have prepared me to take on more students and dive into deeper knowledge of the human voice. I encourage my students to always be prepared for each lesson, and am always happy to create "cheat sheets" for anyone needing assistance for learning their music or diction. I always try to encourage my students to also enter local competitions such as NATS, which provides important feedback from other teachers of singing. My experience has led me to getting my student ready for whatever audition or competition is coming their way!
I use the bel canto method of teaching singing. It is, by far, the healthiest and most beautiful method to approaching classical voice. I will first start by giving the student vocal exercises to see where their level of expertise is, whilst also training them to be able to start singing art song with ease. For classical beginners, I generally start with the "24 Italian Songs and Arias." For musical theatre beginners, I would generally start with "The Singer's Musical Theatre Anthology." For musical theatre, I use many elements of classical technique to help with my student finding their healthiest sound. I can also help singers who want to find a healthy "belting" sound.
I repeat, and believe, the mantra of "do no harm." I always want to hear if my student feels any pain or discomfort when singing, and I will always do my best to find alternative methods of producing a certain sound. I find that teaching voice is a neverending path of discovery, and that there is no "one-size-fits-all" way of teaching. I will also guide my students to singing the right repertoire suited for their voice, which is part of the "do no harm" mantra. When it comes to teaching, I will always be the "sherpa" who will help you along your path of healthy and vibrant singing!
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