I've been teaching voice for 27 years to students ages 8-80 years old. I've taught Vocal Music in the public schools from grades Kindergarten to 12th Grade. I've also taught Vocal Jazz at Metropolitan State University of Denver to help create and launch the Vocal Jazz Performance Degree. I also specialize in vocal rehabilitation and recovery, as someone who had to rebuild my voice from scratch due to surgical trachea resection and reconstruction. I was told I would never sing again and God blessed me twice with a singing voice and I'm forever grateful. I want to share that journey and knowledge with my students, to give them strength and hope for their own journeys.
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I offer a free consultation to talk to the student, listen to their goals and their voice so that we can make a plan about how to achieve those goals. I love to meet them first and get to know their story. It helps me understand their nature and their passions. And, I get to meet a fellow artist and encourage them on their vocal and musical journey.
I have a degree in Music Education with a Choral Conducting emphasis and a degree in Vocal Performance. Every year that I taught in the public school system my students made it into the Honor Choirs at the district and state levels.
I charge $50 per hour. Lessons are based on half hour increments in order to allow students who can't afford the $50 per week in their budget. I prefer weekly lessons but if the student's budget or schedule requires a bi-weekly plan, I completely understand.
I started teaching music and voice for many reasons. Music is a craft and understanding and learning the language, cultures, history and personal giftings of our craft is essential to the development of musicians. My grandmother was my first music teacher and I wanted to give others what she gave me, a language and a voice. Both of my sons are music teachers as well with Jazz degrees, so it's a generational profession.
I've worked with all ages and all levels, from beginner to professional. I teach all genres of music because each of us has a connection to the kind of music that feeds our soul. I do a lot of audition prep and recording studio coaching.
My favorite days are the recording studio sessions for my students. We do annual recording sessions because my students learn so much about themselves and their own vocal instrument by hearing and analyzing what they recorded.
My best advice is to first, make sure the teacher is credentialed. I've had a student and a parent take lessons for a time, learn the "lingo" and begin to teach themselves with dire consequences to their students. Second, find a teacher that's a good fit for you in regards to your personality, area of study and goals that you want to reach. Some teachers are great technicians, they have a great grasp on the vocal mechanism, others teach from a classical, by the book technique only and others teach to the student.
1. What is it you want to accomplish from your study?
2. Are you open to a different assessment of your voice and ability?
3. Is singing a hobby or a profession?
4. How serious are you about your musical and vocal development?
5. what is it about singing that inspires you? Empowers you? Encourages you to want to proceed with your training?
6. What feedback have you been given about your voice from others, besides your mom and dad?