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Finalist, Seattle Opera Guild Singer's Development Award
MacDonald Operetta Award, USC Thornton School of Music
Reynolds Music Scholarship, University of Washington School of Music
Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship – U.S. Department of Education
Foster Scholarship, University of Washington School of Music
I am a teaching artist who is equal-parts experienced in performing and teaching. As an active performer, I have performed with USC Thornton Opera, UW Opera as well as with various companies such as Seattle Symphony, Teatro Nuovo Bel Canto Festival (NY), Vineyard Touring Opera Company (Los Angeles)…etc., and taught university students as a Vocal Arts Student Instructor at USC Thornton School of Music.
I graduated from University of Washington with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and a Bachelor of Arts in Italian, and a Master of Music degree in Vocal Arts from USC Thornton School of Music.
As a private voice teacher as well as a former Vocal Arts student instructor at USC Thornton School of Music, I am experienced in teaching all ages and levels. I believe that learning is not one-size-fits-all: individual academic and physical backgrounds may provide varying difficulty level for every learner, but everyone is fundamentally able to learn with conscious effort, strategic practice over a period of time, and external guidance. I believe that every good teacher is a learner who is sensitive and malleable to his or her students’ needs, and I hope to create a learning environment where my students feel at ease to experiment and explore their musical ideas and pursuits.
For all of my students regardless of age and level, this is the question I ask during our first lesson: "Why are you taking voice lessons? What kind of repertoire interests you? I want to honor your investment by being a flexible and resourceful teacher."
More specific break-downs of how my instructions will look are as follows:
For younger students who are just beginning their musical training, I typically start with providing lessons that encompass various elements of musicianship -- in addition to basic vocal training, I will introduce basic music theory concepts and help familiarize my students with various musical notations, so that they are able to continue their musical work outside of our lessons. Based on my teaching experience, the attention span is significantly shorter for ages under 12, and therefore it isn't helpful to delve into one concept/musical idea for longer than 15 minutes (max) with this age group. I find that younger-novice students gain the most out of their musical instruction when they are introduced to various musical concepts while being provided a structured routine for practice.
For my intermediate age (12-18) to advanced-level students, I spend the most of our lesson time addressing the 5 fundamental systems of voice - respiration, registration, articulation, phonation, and resonance. Students in this age group are experiencing drastic physical changes and growths -- singing being one of the most physical art forms, I try to introduce accurate physiology of mechanisms involved in singing so that my students can get to know their instruments (their bodies) as accurately and completely as possible. Most students in this age group who are taking voice lessons are also involved in school performing arts groups and productions, so I will make sure to address them in our lessons. Some students in this age group might be preparing for a recital, a competition, a role in a production, or auditions for shows or conservatories. In that case, our lessons will be devoted to best preparing for those events.
As I mentioned, learning and education are not one-size-fits-all. However, one of my strongest beliefs about teaching is that everyone is capable of learning: individual academic, socioeconomic, and physical backgrounds may provide varying difficulty level for every learner, but everyone is fundamentally able to learn with conscious effort, strategic practice over a period of time, and external guidance. This belief grows out of my personal experience as a performer and a teacher.
I envision teaching as a reciprocal relationship between teachers and students. I believe that teachers have their own duties to the students, as students have duties to their teachers (ex. being open-minded to experiment with the instructions given, completing their weekly homework...etc.). It is my responsibility as a teacher to provide students with the following:
• An encouraging environment conducive to learning and experimenting, especially for an activity that is as cognitive, physical, and emotional as music-learning and performing. I find that students learn the best when they feel safe to experiment and to make mistakes
• Not only the knowledge and the tools, but also appropriate venues and resources to put knowledge into a practical use, and feedbacks to follow-up
• Tailored sharing of knowledge that best serves each student; acknowledging that each student comes with a different instrument (body) and aptitude while providing encouragement and challenges to cultivate further intellectual growths.
I believe that every good teacher is a lifelong learner. Teaching, more so than any other professions, involves skills that must be continually honed, as its elements are constantly in flux; the students’ needs and interests, technology, research...etc. I believe that every good teacher is a learner who is sensitive and malleable to his or her changing environments and students, and I hope to create an environment – whether in an individual lesson setting or in a classroom setting – where the exchange of ideas and knowledge can take place as efficiently, fearlessly, and respectfully as possible.
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