VOICE TEACHING PHILOSOPHY
Singing is an incredibly rich discipline. The practice of singing is a journey of both vocal and personal development. The power of the voice can move and inspire listeners with tremendous visceral impact. These two ideas are inextricably linked in the progression of becoming a singer.
It is crucial to build a trust with students that allows the discovery of their ‘true voice;’ a voice without manipulations or manifestations but rather a development of their natural instrument. Being confident in one’s knowledge of vocal pedagogy (anatomy, physiology and acoustics) is crucial in teaching students to build a proficient methodology. Furthermore, it is my role to help singers find the artistry in the music since communication is a key component to becoming a successful singer.
I strive to instill the elements I consider to be the foundation of any great vocal technique. These include a strong and consistent breath support system, an understanding of appropriate relaxations, including the kinesthetic awareness of an open and unstrained throat and the ability to identify optimum sensations of resonance and tonal placement.
In my experience as a teacher there is one congruent philosophy: each student is an individual and requires a unique application of these techniques. One of the gifts I bring to teaching is my ability to communicate the ideas of singing technique to my students. I have worked diligently to become a professional singer and vocal pedagogue. I understand the development of the voice with regards to technique and musicality. Furthermore, I continue to take every opportunity to research and further my education through master teachers in order to enhance my own abilities as a professional singer and teacher. This benefits my students greatly in their continued vocal studies.
PIANO / GUITAR / SONGWRITING / MUSIC PRODUCTION TEACHING PHILOSOPHY
My mission in teaching is to nurture my students so that they develop work ethic and a lifelong love for music. Learning piano and guitar and writing music are opportunities to enhance and expand other life skills: communication, patience, confidence, and joy.
I emphasize building a strong music foundation first. This means, I first make sure students can master note-reading and rhythmic accuracy before I spend much time on advanced technique or sophisticated artistry of piano and guitar playing. A solid foundation for basic music literacy, an aural skill to appreciate different qualities of sound, and making music with feelings and meanings while maintaining personal wellness, are my ultimate musical goals for my students.
My job as a teacher is to prepare the student for playing and practicing success at home. We do simple exercises in a logical, step by step manner that prepare them to play repertoire successfully. This helps the student stay motivated and progress more quickly. Older students that have a secure foundation in reading can focus their efforts in fine tuning, rather than spending most of their time trying to figure out the notes and rhythms.
For adult students, the advantage of being an adult is that you have more control over what you would like your musical experiences to be. Depending on how much time you have for practice and what skill level you are currently at, we will come up with a plan together to help you reach your musical goals.
I teach my students self-monitoring skills by guiding them to become more mindful, self-aware, and conscientious during the course of their learning. Having the ability to self-correct and to be fully aware of what is learned and experienced, will only ensure a successful, independent learner. I seek to patiently help each student at their own pace. Kindness and respect are the basis for our relationship, and my students find their journey in learning to play the piano and guitar, as well as writing music, engaging, fulfilling, and fun.