B.M. Voice Performance, New Jersey City University 2011 / Dramatic Coaching, Continuing Ed. New Jersey City University 2015-2016 / Continuing private voice studies with Maestro Braeden Harris 2019-present
Teaching 8+ years, Special Attention Voice
Have taught as young as 4 and as seasoned as 70 years old. Comfortable teaching all ages, however, since I am a classical performer and teacher, my expertise is well suited for students looking to refine technique, which tends to be high school-aged, preparing for college, and adults who want to continue training.
What do students need to bring to their first lesson?
Students should bring all the music they’ve been working on most recently, if applicable. If voice students are not memorized, they should include both a copy for themselves and myself to work off of. Piano students need only to bring the books they have, no copies. Don’t forget a pencil with a good eraser!
Learning Goals should be specific to the level of and the student’s needs. If a student is only signing up for 4 lessons, goals should be communicated in advance or on the first lesson so that we can make a game plan to accomplish those goals moving forward.
Voice is usually specific to the needs of the students, which can range from Musical Theatre, Jazz, and to Classical works. I like to use 24 Italian Songs & Arias, Royal Conservatory of Music Voice Repertoire, Musical Theatre Anthologies, and online sources such as Sheet Music Direct. / For my piano students, I use and strongly encourage Bastien Piano Basics, including Piano, Theory, Technic, and Performance supplements.
Studying music is the development of a language in and of itself. How well you communicate in the musical language depends on how much time and effort you put into learning it. It is also a very physical activity, just like exercising at the gym! It is important to stay active, singing or playing, and keeping up with your own development. Practice makes progress!
I’m offering private lessons year long and also teach Explorations in Voice, a group voice class. If the student is young and wants to see if voice is a good fit, a group setting like Explorations in Voice could be a positive intro. If the student needs more one on one to find their own, individual voice, studying privately is the way to go!