My approach to vocal pedagogy is holistic, and I use language that is firmly grounded in physiology and anatomy. I am respectful of each student’s individual strengths while assisting them in understanding and setting own their goals in order to develop their own unique career paths. I insist on daily practice, maintaining vocal health and a willingness to remain engaged with the creative learning process. I use my own wisdom to ascertain each student’s motivations and use that to either push them towards excellence or to be a supportive presence if that is what will help them to thrive.
Because developing a good vocal technique often takes years, my approach focuses on the process of singing; utilizing repertoire that is appropriate to age, voice type (or character “type” for musical theater students); and to activities involved in both expression and developing coordination in the here and now, continually exercising these elements through performance.
I understand that serious students have a limited time to develop and perfect their technique before they are competing nationally and internationally, keeping in mind that the final “product” is as important as the process. My ultimate goal is freedom of expression- that each student can respond to dramatic impulses or musical ideas in a healthful and effective way, and they will leave my studio with enough technical understanding to “teach themselves.”
M.M. Voice Performance, With Honors and Distinction in Performance, New England Conservatory, 1999
M.M. Opera Performance, With Distinction in Performance, New England Conservatory, 2000
Bachelor of Music Voice Performance, Outstanding Music Graduate, with Honors and Distinction in Performance, San Diego State University, 1997
Music Together level 1, Teacher Training Certificate- 2012
*Teaches Applied Voice at the University of Massachusetts. Boston, 2006- present
*Teaches Applied Voice at the St. Pauls School, Concord, NH beginning 2017
Courses: Applied Voice MUS 185/6, Musical Theater History THRART 303
Voice Instructor, 2002 - present/ Early Childhood Education, 2011- present
Powers Music School, Belmont, MA
Franklin School for the Performing Arts
Voice Instructor, 2006-2007
Rhode Island Philharmonic School of Music