In addition to serving on the faculty at UW-Milwaukee, I have a growing private studio of emerging professionals and professionals in opera, music theatre, and pop music. I make several trips to New York City a year to teach.
I can help you step into your vocal power by owning your unique voice and discovering what you have to say as an artist through your singing.
This work translates to people who have fear in public speaking and vocal health issues. If you speak in public and need help or if you would like to improve your vocal health, please contact me.
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Master Class Clinician
My teaching philosophy...
A spirit of gratitude guides my music life – gratitude for the many types of music that were heard in my house growing up (country, big band, folk, 1950s and 60s pop); gratitude for parents who didn’t understand classical music but encouraged my interest in it and got me piano lessons; gratitude for voice teachers who gave me good information and helped me to be less “green” about the world of singing; gratitude for the gracious colleagues that mentored me on my journey; gratitude for the students who entrust me with their one and only voice. This informs my teaching to its core and I am grateful to pay it forward.
At a macro level, teaching voice involves peeling away the layers of habit that get in the way of the most authentic sound while concurrently building new, free coordination. Fact-based information based on voice science, anatomy, and function rather than imagery alone is essential knowledge for singing artists. The free coordination is developed through Body Mapping*, a spirit of experimentation, and Alexander Technique* (process rather than product, no “end gaining”). Making this a dependable second nature is the goal. This allows students to be their own best teachers – if they know how their instrument works, they are not paralyzed by fear, can rely on their good coordination, and are able to communicate most effectively in their singing. We embrace and honor many singing styles together, based on interest. This vocal cross-training allows the student to explore the many facets of their instrument and leads to a well-rounded musician. If basic vocal function is understood, then style can be added, allowing healthy and stylistically appropriate singing in any genre.
Within an atmosphere of fun and mutual respect, the student and I lift each other up and learn from each other in the studio and classroom. My aim is to honor what the student knows to be true about herself/himself while being honest about the work that has yet to be done. Perpetual learning and curiosity, joy in learning and discovery of the student’s artistry is paramount. While creating a positive learning environment that is stimulating, challenging, and nurturing, I endeavor to foster the creativity and artistry of each student so that they may meet their goal of communication through singing.
Collaboration in music making, research, and teaching is crucial component of my teaching. It is important to expose the student to resources such as books, journals, coaches, teachers, websites, conferences, certification programs, and workshops, as no one teacher can know everything. I encourage students to form a team of trusted individuals to educate, support, and guide their journey as artists. Where appropriate, I engage students in research of their own, either formally or informally.
*I am not certified as an Andover Educator (Body Mapping) or Alexander Technician. However, the principles of these methods are a guiding force in my teaching and play a major part within it.