Our music lesson students will have the opportunity to take lessons from the comfort of their own home or in one of the teachers studios. Careful attention is placed on each student to ensure a custom lesson plan. Our music teachers understand that every student has different needs and abilities and therefore the lessons will be planned with that knowledge in mind.
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I have been teaching on and off since my time in college, 10 years ago. I have had an amazing time meeting new students who come from all different musical backgrounds. my philosophy is discovering the voice you've always had by using a consistent technique founded on physiology. I have taught many master classes throughout the country and have taught students from ages 8-65. I believe that good technique is universal, therefore I work with a large variety of students from classical to folk and rock and everything inbetween. I also have quite a bit of experience in cabaret and musical theater and love to explore this rep with students. I am on faculty at Macphail Center for music and have maintained a private studio for 3 years.
Instruments: Piano, Voice
Lesson plans are catered to the needs and level of each individual student. For younger students with maturing voices, I generally work on basic technique like breathing and posture. I will teach solfege and simple songs that help develop the young singer's ear and a relationship to their voice. For more mature voices, typically above the age of 16, I begin to approach more technical areas of singing like vowel formation, breath energy and management, agility, legato, vocal registration, and a more detailed understanding of the physical anatomy behind singing. I use art songs that will guide singers through these areas of their voices, and will often allow the singer to bring in material of their own choosing within reason. At any age I put a large focus on how to practice outside of lessons. Lessons are for learning new vocal exercises and exploring new facets of the voice in a safe space. Outside of lessons are where substantial growth occurs.
My passion is helping other access their authenic voice in the most healthy way possible. I tailor each lesson to the individual, listening carefully to discern what is needed, and what will assist them in finding their sound and an easier way to produce tone.
Instruments: Piano, Voice, Flute
Teaching Methods: For beginning students, I generally work with whichever method book they are using in their school music classes and suppliment some of my own materials as well. For more advanced students, I introduce more solo repertoire, both classical and popular for them perform. As for adults, I try to find music that interests them to provide more motivation to practice.
Teaching Styles: I would say my teaching style is very encouraging. There is nothing more exciting than seeing a student achieve small goals and that is really how I start out. Each lesson will provide students with positive and encouraging feedback on their work for the past week as well as set managable goals for the following week. Throughout my teaching, I love to try new things to see what instructional techniques or musical selections will best suit each student and help them to find their passion for music.
Teaching Methods: Cathleen enjoys teaching and believes the experiences she brings to her studio can help her students become more well-rounded and accomplished musicians. Cathleen’s approach to vocal pedagogy includes proper breathing technique, musicianship, and stage presence to name a few. Her favorite part of teaching is helping her students learn good technique while also making singing a fun and rewarding experience.
Teaching Styles: Lessons with Cathleen are fun, challenging and informative. Cathleen expects her students' best effort for their lessons and their practice time. She understands that learning to practice is one of the lessons young students in particular need to learn. That's something she takes seriously in her teaching. She also understands the importance of enjoying music and tries to help her students relate to the music.
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