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General Teaching Style
My teaching style is enthusiastic, and friendly!
I want all my students to have fun when coming to their lesson and feel excited about the music they're learning -- this can be at a fast pace, or a more laid back one, each student is different.
With students of all ages, I believe that finding the 'right' material is key. For vocalists, this has to do with age, how developed their voice is and what kind of music they enjoy. I make sure to suggest pieces that will challenge them, allowing growth but still finding music that they enjoy. For my piano students, I choose pieces that they want to play while balancing it with something that also challenges them.
I don't use a set curriculum, each student's individual preferences and speed of learning are key factors. I customize my curriculum based on what they want to learn, what makes music fun for them and, with voice students, how developed their voice and ear is.
The most important thing for beginning vocal students is to learn is how to breathe properly, and to develop a healthy vocal technique that fits within the natural realm of their speaking voice.
Focus & Goals of the First Lesson
In the first vocal lesson, we will cover the basic principles on how to breathe properly, the three different resonators for our voice (Chest, Middle, and Head) and beginning vocal warm-ups to strengthen your voice.
With adults I will go into more detail on these concepts, as well as the physicality of singing; for children, it depends how well they can match pitch, and how developed their voice is.
With my piano students, we learn where the notes live on the piano, and the staff. Then we start to play a song, while learning about hand positions and finger numbers.
My greatest strength as a teacher is that I can connect with any student! I am patient, kind, and extremely encouraging, and I have been teaching for 2+ years, ranging in ages from very young children to adults.
Certain aspects of learning music didn't come easily for me, so I had to take extra time to truly understand them. I tried many approaches, and found some that worked for me and some that didn't. As a result, I learned a lot of different ways to break down concepts, which I share with my students until we find the way that 'clicks' for them.
I am also a working musician and songwriter, in the Seattle music scene.
Additional Experience & Instruments
I love writing music, I have an extensive knowledge of recording music, I'm constantly learning and listening to new music, and I'm skilled in singing a variety of forms of music, including jazz, opera, musical theater, rock and country.
Each day as an artist I am looking for new ways to grow as a musician and teacher. I am so blessed that I get to learn so much from my students every day.
Most Inspirational Music Moment
Every time I perform, or get to sing, I am creating magic! I love communicating in this incredible language called 'music' with other individuals, and that is where it really gets good.
Top 3 Desert Island Albums
Luckily I always have my voice with me, thus I am never without my instrument!
- Fleetwood Mac - Rumors
- Joni Mitchell - Court and Spark
- Haitus Kaiyote - Choose Your Weapon
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