I have been teaching voice and piano lessons since 1989. I am passionate about helping students of all levels and abilities find their voice and master their instrument. I hold advanced degrees in Voice Performance and Choral Conducting. I am very involved in local musical theatre as Music Director, vocal coach, and cast accompanist. I hold lifetime teaching certificates in MO for vocal and instrumental music. I am a member of NATS, ACDA and MTNA.
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We always begin with an admission interview. During the interview, we will discuss the policies and proceedures of McIntire Studios. If you are a potential voice student, or are a non-beginning piano student, I will have you perform a song for me. I will run a diagnostic with all incoming voice students and highlight strength and challange areas.
Bachelor of Music, Voice Performance, Florida Southern College 1992
Master of Music, Voice Performance, Ithaca College, 1995
Master of Music, Choral Conducting, University of Missouri - Kansas City, 2006
Lessons are $65/hour, prorated monthly.
I started teaching out of necessity, but soon realized that I got much more of a 'charge' from seeing my students do well than I ever got from performing myself. I love teaching, even more than performing. Since my degrees are all performance based, I have the chops and the skill base to really know how to succeed. I have additional course work in pedagogy and education and am passionate about customizing lessons to the individual.
I have worked with students as young as 5. The oldest student I've worked with was 72. :-) I have taught all levels, from pre-K through collegiate. I have taught public and private schools, community colleges and state universities. I have worked with students on the autistic spectrum, students with learning difficulties, students in their gifted and talented program, and singers who had not previously been able to match pitch or sing in tune. I take pride in being able to teach something to everyone who wants to learn.
We just wrapped up the Addams Family in Leavenworth. I was the music director for that show, and I am so proud of the cast!
Always interview a private teacher. Interviews/auditions go both ways; ask questions! Also, don't feel like you have to be the best of the best when singing for a prospective new teacher; you are there to learn, not to win a competition. The standard questions to ask yourself about a new teacher should be: do I like this person, is this person qualified, do I think I can learn from this person?
How much time do I have available to practice?
What are my goals? Enjoyment? Upcoming audition or gig? Possible career choice?
What can I work out financially? Many teachers have discount or barter options available if you ask.
Am I interested in focusing on one style, or am I interested in developing a broader, stronger technique I can use across many styles?