Teaching

I currently teach voice and vocal methods at Georgia College and State University.  While pursuing my doctorate, I taught voice at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where I was ranked as an Excellent Teacher by the Center of Innovation for Teaching and Learning.  Previously I taught at Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana, Broad Ripple High School and Fairview Studios in Indianapolis. My students have performed professionally and with community organizations in the Indianapolis area, including Indianapolis Opera, Footlite Musicals, and the Indianapolis Festival Singers and have performed leading roles in musicals at the University of Illinois. They have been accepted into undergraduate and graduate vocal performance and music education degree programs at institutions including NYU, Ball State, DePauwKentucky State, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I am a full member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS).

I believe passionately that singing is a vital form of artistic expression and that everyone should be encouraged to develop their own unique voice with a healthy technique. To that end, I encourage experimentation and input from the student to determine what feels most natural and comfortable. A solid technique can be applied to all styles of singing. Instruction is tailored to the individual needs of the student. For instance, beginning students may need more work on matching pitches and elementary music reading, and advanced students may be able to work on demanding classical and musical theater repertoire. Lessons begin with vocalizing and exercises designed to develop good posture, breathing, placement, diction, and overall technique. Students then work on repertoire which can include pieces for specific auditions, contests, recitals, or public performances, including repertoire in Spanish, Italian, German, and French.  Students receive dramatic and interpretive coaching for musical theatre and operatic auditions and performances. All students have the opportunity to perform in one recital per semester.

With University of Illinois voice students and accompanist Casey Baker at a May 2015 studio recital.

With University of Illinois voice students and accompanist Casey Baker at a May 2015 studio recital.

I expect to be accepting new private students soon. Please contact me using the form below to inquire about scheduling and rates.

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