I believe that versaility is important in the teaching process. Some students simply learn differently than others, and many teachers like to stick to the books in ways that I find can be counterproductive. This is way I do my best to tether every lesson to the student's unique needs, desires, and learning method.
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I find the first things to determine are what the student wants, what the student needs, and how the sudent will understand it. Particularly for singing, the strict, route, classical-style method doesn't work very well, because it's much harder to explain how ones instrument works when one cannot see it.
I graduated from CSUN last year with a BM in Vocal Performance. I've also performed in about 30 different stage shows (theatre, musical theatre, and opera). I also have experience as a musical director, having organized performances and concerts.
Typically, lessons are an hour long, to which I charge $30 for the hour. The first lesson is always free, because you, the student, need to make sure I'm the right fit for you. It can be very hard to find the teacher that matches your learning style, and I understand that very well.
I've worked with students ages 5-60, both voice and piano (sometimes at the same time). I've taught kindergartners to sing Cole Porter, twenty-years-old to sing Gregorian chant and follow complex chord progressions, and seniors to sing praise music in church. I've taught musical theatre, opera, music theory, history, composition, acting, and diction in French, German, and Italian (a standard for opera).