Vocal students will learn foundational technique used for singing and breathing. Voice lessons begin with a "warmup," which includes stretching and strengthening vocal range, diaphragmatic breathing exercises, solid tone, proper vowel placement, accurate intonation, care and management of the voice and body. Students will also learn basic music theory, sight-reading skills, and solfege, which are all tools used for reading their repertoire and becoming a well-rounded musician/performer. The rest of the lesson is focused on applying technique to the student's selected repertoire as well as expanding musicianship and musical expression. I train my students in all styles including classical, musical theatre, pop, jazz, blues, soul, rock, R&B, and more as well as take their own interests and styles into account. My job is to meet the student's individual goals and needs and encourage proper practicing habits, discipline, and a deeper connection to both heart, mind, and body.
Depending on their need, piano students will learn proper hand placement, posture, finger exercises, scales, and fundamental music theory. Students will begin with a warmup that is focused on a specific technical concept such as agility, control, speed, theory, patterns, chords, etc. Students can also learn composition/songwriting skills as well as basic chord progressions and chord structures. Repertoire is chosen based on the student's level and experience and includes a variety of styles from classical, musical theatre, pop, jazz, blues, rock, etc. More intermediate/advanced students will learn improvisation techniques and expand their knowledge of theory by incorporating advanced jazz technique and theory into their playing.
Musical Theatre Lessons
The mission of a musical theatre lesson is to merge vocal study with acting technique and stage performance. Students will learn core fundamentals in singing, acting, and movement. They will learn about the history of musical theatre and study a variety of classical and contemporary repertoire. It is important that students understand each component of a theatrical performance on a theoretical and fundamental level as well as merge them together to create a purposeful and emotional performance. We respect each medium individually and as a whole by teaching techniques such as diaphragmatic breathing, voice and vowel placement, tone, inflection, diction, character study, impulse, imagination, and inner and outer movements. We also incorporate basic music theory and sight-reading as they best serve the artist to progress as a well-rounded, self-sufficient performer.