While I use my own series of vocal exercises and terminology, I do not believe in a "one-size-fits-all" approach to teaching. Not only is every voice different, but every mind is different, and each students' unique experience informs the way in which they learn.
In my time as a voice teacher, I've enjoyed the challenges of meeting students wherever they are to find a useful vocabulary with which to work. What I enjoy most is discovering how each student communicates and processes ideas and concepts, and adjusting my own approach accordingly to find a balance between my own method and their methods of learning.
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For our first meeting, I'll ask you to bring something you enjoy singing (if you have sheet music, this is preferable, but if not, we can still work). We will spend most of the lesson doing differeng vocal exercises and really "playing" with the different sounds you're able to make. This will give us both a better idea of where you are, and how we want to proceed to develop goals.
I earned my Doctorate of Musical Arts (DMA) in Voice Performance and Pedagogy at Temple University, where I also taught voice for Musical Theatre and Classical majors. My Doctoral Monograph, titled A Survey of the Current State of Contemporary Commercial Music (CCM) Vocal Pedagogy Training at the Graduate Level, focuses on the need for the inclusion of contemporary and musical theatre techniques in graduate level voice pedagogy programs. I currently serve as Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre Voice at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Boston, MA. Previously, I held a position as Visiting Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre Voice at the Ira Brind School of Theatre Arts at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA.
30 minutes - $40
45 minutes - $55
60 minutes - $75
I began teaching voice during my time as a Master's student at Temple University. Although I was studying opera as a performer at the time, the head of the department was aware of my previous background in contemporary popular music and musical theatre, as well as my strong piano skills, so she suggested that I try teaching some of the musical theatre students.
The majority of my work has been at the college/university level, both with students who are majoring in performance as well as with those who simply wanted to try something new for a fun elective. I've also worked privately with adult novices - folks who have other careers but want the outlet of music in their life, as well as high schoolers, and young professional actors.