I have a great deal of experience working with teenagers to adults. I have coached many singers to prepare them for auditions in theater, but also teach general vocal technique and both beginning and advanced vocal skills. My knowledge of repertoire is extensive.
In addition to teaching music K-12, I taught conducting and voice at Aquinas College, and directed three vocal ensembles. In the late 1980s, I competed in a state-wide university based vocal competition, and placed first in the adult category.
I have many years of experience in church music ministry as well, and developed worship teams in addition to directing traditional choirs.
i love teaching both piano and voice! I was a music educator for many years, and continue to serve as the assistant director of the Grand Rapids Women’s Chorus in addition to my private teaching. I love the individual personalities of my students, and enjoy working with all of them. Each singer is unique and deserves an individualized approach!
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I establish goals, inquire about experience, and begin with or review the basic building blocks of good piano technique.
I have a BS degree from the University of Wisconsin that included an area of concentration in music.
I acquired a second bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from Aquinas College.
I did graduate work in voice at Western Michigan University, where I studied with Marian Pratnicki.
I earned a masters in the Art of Teaching while employed in the Forest Hills Public School system. I taught for nearly 25 years, and ended my teaching career as a middle school choir director at FH Northern Middle School.
currently I charge $25 per half hour.
I began teaching immediately after I graduated from the University of Wisconsin. Years later, after getting my Vocal performance degree from Aquinas College and completing my teacher certification requirements, I student taught in Forest Hills and was hired for the following school year.