Philosophy

Singing is first and foremost about meaningful human expression. It is both personal and universal, instinctive and deliberate, athletic and delicate. The process of exploring and uniting the contradictions of singing largely shapes my approach to teaching in the studio, as I believe it is at the core of individual growth as a singer.

COLLABORATION

My passion for teaching extends far beyond coaching repertoire for performance. Ultimately, it is to encourage and empower singers are they grow into sensitive, informed, autonomous musicians. There are several vital elements to this musical partnership.

Embracing Individuality

Exploring, nurturing, and developing the unique vocal, musical, and expressive qualities of the singer
Discovering the true, free, and natural sound of the individual voice

Honing Creativity

Delving into both the sound and sensation of the voice
Using the student’s own words to describe what elements sound like and feel like

Pursuing curiosity

Examining questions and areas of interest
Engaging personal knowledge, intuition, and available resources to develop ideas and/or draw conclusions

Confidence Building

Exploring creative solutions to vocal challenges
Taking artistic risks in an encouraging, safe, and comfortable environment

 

CREATIVE PLANNING

Singing requires a balance of structure and flexibility. Setting benchmarks for yourself by identifying specific intentions and strategies can create an environment where creativity flows freely and effectively.

Goal Setting

Identifying the students objectives in the areas of vocal technique, interpretation, and repertoire
Mastering specific vocal skills such as breath management, legato, flexibility, etc.
Preparing selected literature in desired styles and genres

Classical (opera, art song, oratorio, chamber music, chant, etc.)
Musical Theatre (Broadway musicals, cabaret, etc.)
Popular Music (Jazz, Top 40, Rock, Country, etc.)
Preparing audition repertoire
Preparing and coordinating vocal recitals

Defining Success

Determining what progress and success look like
Setting realistic measures for identifying and celebrating achievement

Developing Effective Practice Habits

Warm-ups
Musical scales and modes
Practice agendas
Memorization tools
Performance considerations

Resource Exploration
Expanding familiarity with and access to useful resources for continued study

Performances
Workshops
Recordings
Videos
Books
Articles

 

BUILDING MUSICAL EXCELLENCE

Musical excellence is less about living up to a standard or ideal and more about harnessing the courage to operate to the best of our abilities.
“Every task is a self-portrait of the person who did it. Autograph your work with excellence.” — Unknown

Self-Discipline

Employing tools and resources to explore, analyze, and serve the music
Aspiring to considerably high personal expectations

Allows students to consistently achieve a high standard of musical quality
Results in highly rewarding musical experiences
Unlocks the immeasurable impact that skillful and nuanced music performance can have on those who listen