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Bachelor Degree: University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
Master Degree: Florida State University
2017 Alice Dutcher Thornton Certificate of Honor
2015 Lucila Montoya Waldman Award
Tiffany C., mezzo-soprano, received her Bachelors degree of Music in Voice Performance from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, TX, and has also received a Master’s degree in Voice Performance from Florida State University.
Throughout her time in obtaining a Bachelor’s degree Tiffany placed 1st in many competitions such as TEXOMA NATS, and South Texas NATS. She has also received various awards such as the Harold Stark Encouragement Award, the Lucila Montoya Award for outstanding performance of a Spanish art song, and the Alice Dutcher Thornton Certificate of Honor. Tiffany has also appeared in various opera productions such as Die Fledermaus, The Magic Flute, The Marriage of Figaro, Candide, Anna Bolena, and Carmen in La tragedie de Carmen. As well as various musicals such as The Fantastiks, Little Mary Sunshine, and You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown. Her oratorio repertoire also includes masterpieces such as Mozart’s Requiem, Faure’s Requiem, and Handel’s Messiah
While my degrees are in music and performance, I have been teaching privately part time at my Universities for 4+ years, and now I am currently teaching students in my home studio, as well as student in home lessons. In both voice and piano I have experience in both classical and contemporary repertoire. I always encourage students to start with classical music, and as they progress in their skills, I normally start adding more contemporary pieces. This brings a balance to the students overall piano and vocal knowledge pedagogy, and skills.
Before the first lesson I always like to inquire with the student (Parent/Guardian) if the student has taken lessons in the past, in order to better teach, and assign practice material. However, if a student has never taken lessons before, I recommend to young students the Alfred's Basic Piano Lessons Book 1, and for my adult students I will send supplemental materials via email, but also encourage that they purchase in the future, "Essential Piano Repertoire" Level two by Keith Snell. I also inquire about each students learning style and schedule in order to better assign music learning material, and recommend practice times.
As a vocalist, pianist, and performer myself I understand the importance of the technical aspects of singing, playing, and presenting efficiently. Having a strong vocal and performing techniques has helped me build my stamina, and become a more efficient vocalist, and overall performer. As an instructor I want to give my students this knowledge as well. Within my private teaching studio I am most concerned with teaching my students the basics of healthy vocal production, as well as performance, and presentation skills. From this foundation they can build their artistry in a healthy and productive manner. Students must feel confident in their own skills so they, in turn, can be self- sufficient in any field from music to public speaking. Lessons are a place of learning, experimentation, and growth. It can also be a place of excitement and enjoyment. The student and teacher must work together in a cohesive atmosphere always aiming for their main goals. As a teacher I have, and will continue to learn from my students, give them the knowledge that I can to help them to be their best selves.
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