I have a Masters of Music in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy and have been teaching voice for over 25 years. I have a passion for teaching voice and piano and enjoy working with students of all ages. I bring to my teaching a rich and varied background of teaching experience and performance as a Lyric Soprano and have performed extensively as a soloist in civic and social events, and concerts, performing a wide variety of Musical Styles including Classical, Operatic, Broadway, Contemporary and Sacred. For 19 years I was a full time University Music Professor, teaching Voice, Vocal Pedagogy, Class Voice, Music Theory, Music Literature/History, and Choral Conducting for a Touring Concert Choir. I have been a member in the national and local level of the National Association Teachers of Singing (NATS) and Music Teachers National Association (MTNA).
Piano Teaching: I think that what I love the most about teaching piano is the wonder, enjoyment and sense of accomplishment that students have as they themselves learn to make beautiful music I am committed to the success of each of my students and strive to create a positive and nurturing studio atmosphere where students grow in their appreciation and enjoyment of music and personal musical expression. I seek to provide clear instruction to develop a solid foundation which includes a balance of technique, artistry, music theory and sight reading using a variety of repertoire that is appropriate to the student’s level of proficiency. There are at least two performance opportunities each year which provide students an opportunity to learn performance etiquette as well as gain experience being in front of an audience.
Voice Teaching: Teaching voice is an enjoyable and favorite passion for me, particularly seeing students grow in their ability to develop their own beautiful sound, efficiently produced and free from unwanted tension. I am committed to the success of each student and strive to provide a positive and nurturing studio atmosphere where students grow in their appreciation and enjoyment of music and personal musical expression. I work to develop each student’s musical abilities and give clear instruction from which to grow, express and succeed in their own personal goals.
Lessons focus on: A solid foundation that includes a classical technique of efficient and healthy singing using the body as the instrument with proper posture, breath management, articulation, and artistic expression. Attention is paid to the diagnosis and correction of vocal faults to free up the voice so that it can be used for all styles of music with a healthy, effortless and beautiful vocal production. Students are taught and encouraged to use acting techniques to bring every song to life.
Ms. Anderson was both an engaging and nurturing teacher and very knowledgeable of vocal and piano pedagogy. I learned proper vocal techniques and great repertoire. I highly recommend her to anyone wishing to study voice or piano. She's truly a wonderful teacher!
Voice lessons: In a typical lesson we would work on vocal technique: Using specific exercises to free up your voice and body from all unwanted tension and build a good, healthy foundation for producing a beautiful free sound in whatever style you choose. Then we would work to apply that technique to music in different genres -- and SING!
Piano lessons: Piano Lessons are designed to meet the specific needs and level of each student. This includes a balance of music theory and repertoire appropriate to the student’s level of proficiency. There are wonderful piano courses out there for students of all ages and the one that I use has you playing songs rather quickly. It has a wide variety of styles of music, some music theory, and includes teaching you to harmonize a melody with chords in the left hand.
I value providing a positive and nurturing studio atmosphere where students grow in their appreciation and enjoyment of music and personal musical expression.