Singing is for Every Body
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I earned my Bachelor of Music in classical vocal performance at San Francisco State University, and Master of Music in Vocal Pedagogy and Performance at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey. I perform with many different performing groups in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Lesson prices range from $45 per half hour to $90 per hour, depending on location. I have a location available in Half Moon Bay, but will travel to students' homes in Berkeley, Danville, Dublin, San Ramon, Lafayette, and Walnut Creek.
My love for teaching began in my first vocal pedagogy (the art of teaching) course at San Francisco State. After graduating from my Bachelor's program, I taught in a performing arts high school for one year before finding one of the most reputable schools in the country for learning vocal pedagogy: Westminster Choir College. There, I was able to study vocal biology and mechanics, vocal music history (both the history of teaching styles and vocal literature), art song in French and German, and participate in the school's opera productions.
My students range from beginning children to pre-professional students. I have helped my students prepare successful auditions for the San Jose Lyric Theater, Pied Piper Players, Sacramento Theater Company and more. I recommend a student needing audition prep enroll in at least two to three weeks of lessons before their audition date.
Every year I direct and perform in an annual fundraiser at Coastside Lutheran Church in Half Moon Bay to raise money for a breakfast program that feeds 100 low-income people every week. My students have performed, alongside my professional singer friends and community chorus members!
Make sure you have a teacher with a background in singing and who has taken courses on anatomy or voice science. The voice is a very complicated instrument, and damaging it can be irreparable.
Students should have an idea for why they would like lessons. It helps the teacher lay out goals either for the school year or for professional coaching for auditions and shows.