Piano and Voice lessons, ages 4 to adult.
The goals of my studio are to provide a fun and musical environment to motivate the student to become the best musician they can be. Whether the goal is to learn the basic concepts of music theory, playing or singing for your own enjoyment, developing performance technique, public speaking, preparing for a music career through the college process, maintaining neuroplasticity, or generally feeling more confident - our time together will be spent developing these traits. My teaching style is a more collaborative approach, therefore, I tailor lessons to each student's goals.
My focus of teaching voice is classical in nature. I believe that the purpose of a voice teacher is to master the techniques of using the voice properly. The first 10 minutes of a voice lesson is devoted to vocal exercise, followed by a vocalise. The latter half of the lesson is devoted to readying songs for performance. My specialties are classical art songs and arias, and Broadway tunes.
My teaching is more traditional in nature, however, I am familiar with jazz/blues improvisation, and learning with lead sheets.
When teaching piano, I focus on five areas: Lesson, technique, theory, general musicianship skills (scales, chords, harmonization, improvisation, sightreading, & ear training), and project pieces from various eras of music (baroque, classical, romantic, contemporary, & jazz/pop/rock). Depending on time, I won’t always cover each area in a lesson, but will touch on all during the course of the year.
Some of the things we use in the studio to heighten the learning experience is technology. Students will have the opportunity to use such pedagogical programs as SmartMusic, Home Concert Xtreme, and Classroom Maestro to help develop musicality. For skype lessons, Internet MIDI is a great tool! Areas of focus: sightreading, transposition, scales & chord structure, harmonization, and creative composition. I relate these ideas in a non-stress yet motivating climate. In addition to musical skills, my “keys” to success are communication and fun!
Austin District Music Teachers Association
Bay Area Music Teachers Association
Wednesday Morning Music Club (Nat'l Federation of Music Clubs-Austin)
Gulf Coast Music Association (Nat'l Federation of Music Clubs-Clear Lake) (President 2011 to 2015)
American College of Musicians (Piano Guild)
National Association of Teachers of Singing
Choir Director - St. John the Theologian Greek Orthodox Church - 1998 to present
Looking forward to working with you!
My happiest moments are with a student, guiding them on their musical journey, and seeing their face light up when they have accomplished a piece that they thought they would never be able to do.
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