I believe that nurturing a positive relationship with playing music is essential in music lessons.
One of my main goals as a music teacher is to inspire students to become life-long musicians and music lovers. In service of this philosophy, I always ask which styles and aspects of music interest each student. From there, we will choose pieces and assignments that support the student's growth towards their specific goals or interests. I use humor to keep the energy in music lessons light, fun and engaging. Students will learn to sing/play piano, read music, develop a "good ear," sight-read, and learn the fundamentals of music theory while studying with me. Interested students can also learn how to write a great song- and how to write it down!
I specialize in teaching beginning piano lessons for young children, ages 5 and above, and am also experienced and comfortable instructing teens and adult beginners. I have over ten years of teaching experience, most of which I provided through New Mozart School in Palo Alto, CA. I am a Harmony Road certified piano teacher, and taught Harmony Road group piano classes for over 8 years. I use many elements of that curriculum in my private piano lessons, including rhythmic play, improvisation, pointing and singing notes, body movement and tapping rhythms to develop hand and finger independence.
I am happy to work with you in your genre of choice, be it jazz, folk, gospel, pop, musical theater etc. I believe healthy singing technique is integral to most styles of music.* Lessons are focused primarily on improving vocal technique through specific exercises and learning to sing songs with increased awareness and control. In lessons we'll work on resonance, tone quality, range, breath support & posture. I work with students to choose repertoire that they love to sing, that offers just enough of a challenge ;)
I am presently in working towards a master's degree at UNT in Jazz Studies, Vocal Performance. There I study with Rosana Eckert, Jennifer Barnes, and many other wonderful jazz faculty members. I am also Level 1 certified in Somatic Voicework(tm), which I studied with Jeannie Lovetri. In my undergrad, I studied classical voice at UCSC with Patrice Maginnis.
LEARNING TO SING IS LEARNING TO FEEL:
I teach technique that is informed not only by my training in jazz and classical voice, but also by years of meditation and yoga practice. One interesting thing about being a voice teacher is that, while I can demonstrate, I can't point out which buttons or keys for you to push to make the correct sounds with the correct muscle coordination. Learning to recognize subtle sensations in the throat and abs is a wonderfully rewarding process that develops some of the same skills and benefits offered by meditation. Singing can also feel more vulnerable than playing an external instrument, which makes it a beautiful instrument for internal exploration and emotional processing and development. Check out these neat articles about how singing affects the mind and emotions on a neurological level:
This one is interesting, more nuanced and VERY sciency**:
I am more than happy to answer any questions you may have. Thanks for visiting!
* (maybe not death metal, although, see this video for screaming tips, I may be wrong.)
**Not a real word.
Schedule a lesson with me:
I usually go to my students' homes to teach. If you prefer to study with me at a studio location, please contact New Song Music Studio in Lantana, TX. I teach lessons there every Wednesday evening.