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TEACHING PHILOSOPHY

Music and singing have been a transformative experience for me. Learning about my voice and performance has helped me discover who I am as a person and has given me the opportunity to experience the world in an unimaginable way.  As an instructor, I encourage my students to find their true voices both as artists and in society.  I yearn for them to never forget the joy of performing while they learn and master their instrument, regardless of singing style. To accomplish this, I base my teaching philosophy on two fundamental pillars: a holistic approach and evidence-based instruction. I believe that the act of singing involves the whole person: body, spirit, mind, emotion, and voice. As singers, we function in an integrated way, and our vocal freedom and expression can be compromised when our mind hinders our spirit from thriving or when our body or emotions feel in jeopardy. It is for this reason that I nurture an entire physical and mental balance in the student-singer. I incorporate science-based vocal pedagogy in my teaching as I ponder the body as a well-coordinated system comprising several components —body balance, breathing and support, phonation, resonance, and articulation—that must function efficiently and interdependently. My objective is to assist my students in their technical and musical growth by achieving an optimal balance in their entire system.

 

I work with each student from their own level of development, always step by step to help them gain vocal confidence and the ability to convey their artistic ideas successfully. I want my students to have a basic understanding of their instrument and how it works, as I believe that cultivating self-awareness leads to independence. It is through this foundation of teaching that I guide my students to accomplish their musical and vocal goals while encouraging them to develop healthy vocal habits and a solid and effective technique they can rely on for the rest of their lives. Once the student-singer builds a functional technique, they acquire the ability to communicate more effectively and artistically. I consider this fundamental principle applies to any way of singing despite the style, since the priority is to gain vocal efficiency to convey what is in the music and the text without compromising vocal health. 

 

My job as a voice teacher is to keep an equilibrium between art and science to nurture intellectual inquisitiveness and creativity in my students. Voice science and the understanding of singing is constantly evolving. I seek out this knowledge at workshops offered by professional organizations such as the National Association of Teachers of Singing and the Association for Body Mapping Education and bring current information to my studio. I also welcome diverse teaching methods and try to expose my students to multiple pedagogical approaches. Finally, I foster a humanizing instruction that affirms my students as genuine individuals who bring their own knowledge and diverse backgrounds to my classroom and voice studio. My goal is for my students to flourish as human beings who can contribute to society through their art.

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CCM Musical Theatre Freshman Students, 2020

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CCM Voice Class Students, 2019