T e a c h i n g C r e d e n t i a l s
I began teaching voice lessons at the UD Community Music School (CMS) in February 2010 after taking a Pedagogy class from Dr. Noel Archambeault. While at CMS, I helped students learn new repertoire, taught new musical concepts, and helped students prepare for recitals. Following my graduation from the University of Delaware, I moved to State College, PA where I began my own voice studio and took pedagogy classes at the Pennsylvania State University from Dr. Norman Spivey and Mary Saunders-Barton. In the fall of 2013, I returned to the University of Delaware to pursue a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance. While there, I served as a Teaching Assistant in the Voice department, teaching private lessons to undergraduate students.
L e s s o n D e t a i l s
During my time with students, I strive to assist them in taking risks, discovering the joy of music, and making progress with their singing. No matter what their goals are- All-State Choir, opera, musical theatre, or just having fun, I love helping them reach them. By looking at different genres of vocal music, we will focus on many different aspects of singing, from music theory, to expressive performance, to the foundation of healthy singing.
I believe that every student is unique and learns in his or her own way. Therefore, I tailor the pace and focus of lessons on each student’s interests and abilities. I believe it is integral for all students to have an understanding of music theory and therefore, work on theory and sight-reading. In addition, I think a well-rounded musical education is key, and work on an array of genres with my students including folk songs, art songs, and musical theatre. Students will work on 2-5 songs at once, and will consider a song "learned" once the student can perform a song from memory.
Words are what separate the voice from any other instrument. Therefore, I work with each student on ways to examine the poetry and lyrics of each song in order to portray the message of the words.