Alpine Music Academy

Alpine Music Academy

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2 years in business

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My service tends to people of all ages and levels. I help them learn about technique, performance, and the basics of music theory knowledge. I am a classically trained singer and would like to share my knowledge and expertise with others in any way that I can. 

I enjoy being a music teacher because I have the privilege and opportunity to help students learn about music in a positive, professional, musical, and fun way. I teach them that music is not just about the music itself. Its also about the history behind the songs and the composer. I love teaching students how to sing. I love to see their passion and their growth throughout the year. It is truly amazing to see just how far tney have grown as a singer.

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I first start with a getting to know you lesson, or a meet and greet. From there, we will go over student information, contact info, and billing. This is also where I will let parents know my policies. I will also give them a lesson plan. By doing this, it will help me to get an idea of what interests the student has and what type of music they would like to learn, so they are learning something that they are interested in. 

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I have over 10 years of professional music experience. I have sung with the Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus and Opera Grand Rapids for several seasons including: Tosca, La Boheme, Pagliacci, Carmen, The Magic Flute, and La Traviatta. I have also been a part of Knollcrest Music Camp and their musical theater department performing Fiddler on the Roof, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Les Miserables, Wicked, and Phantom of the Opera. I have put on solo voice recitals in the Grand Rapids Art Museum and the Women's City Club. I have sung at my home church as a guest artist. I have been involved with choirs that have sung in the Van Andel Arena for their hockey games. I  have sung in Carengie Hall in New York City with the Grand Rapids Symphony Youth Chorus. I have also been involved in competitions such as the Armaling Voice Competition and the Opera Grand Rapids Collegiate Voice Competition.  

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

I do have a standard pricing system for my voice lessons. I charge by the month. A weekly 30 minute lesson is $25, a 45 minute lesson is $38, and 60 minute lesson is $50. 

How did you get started teaching?

I have gotten my love of teaching from my vocal instructors. Growing up in a musical environment, I have watched master teachers in teaching and performing capacities. I love watching and learning from my mentors. 

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with middle school and high school students. I also have worked with adults in sectionals for various church choirs. I love to work with students of all ages and abilities. 

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

An event I am recently fond of is when I participated in Live Arts in April of 2016. I was in the GR Symphony Youth Chorous. We sang with Opera GR, the GR Symphony, and the GR Ballet Co. We all came together for this event. It was a great event- We sang "Carmina Burana" among others. All of the conductors, including David Lockington, Sean Ivory, Jackie Schoon, Duane Davis, and John Varineau were very inspirational for me to work with. I will remember this performance and cherish it forever. 

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Look for a teacher that can teach your style of music, someone that you are comfortable working with and someone that can help you achieve your musical goals. You also want to have a qualified instructor who also cares about your musical goals. You also want to have a qualified instructor who cares about your well-being and your voice.  Preferably who is an active singer themselves. 

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Is the teacher qualified? Experiences? Schedule? Fees?

Is the teacher an active singer in the community?

Is the teacher active in planning oppurtunities for their students?

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