As a music teacher, I try to create a nurturing environment where students of all ages are empowered to learn and grow not just as musicians who intend to pursue a career in music, but as human beings who appreciate and recognize the infinite beauty of music.
For VOICE LESSONS (ages 11+), I teach classical vocal technique to students of all ability levels, working with those in junior high up through adult on legit vocal styles from western art song to classic musical theater, with an emphasis on opera and historical performance practice. I am also happy to help choral singers who want to develop a stronger vocal technique and those singers who just want to figure out how to carry a tune! If basic musicianship skills aren't already present, a portion of each lesson will be spent learning to read music in addition to singing in harmony, studying vocal technique, and exploring repertoire.
For PIANO (ages 5+), I work with beginners through intermediate levels in a classical style, starting with students in kindergarten up through adult. Younger students may be considered if they have begun learning to read. My focus is on developing the musicianship skills to play in a variety of piano styles, learning to read music, and studying common practice period repertoire.
For GUITAR, UKULELE, including baritone, (ages 7+), I work with beginners in folk and classical styles, starting with those in elementary school up through adult. Students will learn chords, strumming and picking patterns, scales, how to interpret lyric and lead sheets, as well as how to read music and tablature. For those students with smaller hands who want to learn the guitar, baritone ukulele is a great alternative to start out with.
* Pathways Certified
Teaching Schedule and Locations -
Mon/Tue/Thurs/Fri: Petaluma School of Music (707-775-3655)
Weds: Music to My Ears Cotati (707-664-0123)
EDUCATION: BA, Music - Sonoma State University
MM, Vocal Performance - University of New Mexico
DMA, Early Music Performance - Case Western Reserve University
BOOKS USED IN MY STUDIO:
Voice - Kids' Broadway Songbook (revised ed)
Singer's Musical Theatre Anthology (ed Walters)
The Art Song Anthology (ed Walters)
Piano - A Dozen a Day
Leila Fletcher Piano Course
Piano Literature (Bastien)
Ukulele - Holly's Ukulele Method
The Daily Ukulele
From Lute to Uke
Guitar - The FJH Young Beginner Guitar Method
Hal Leonard Guitar Method: Classical Guitar
Justin Guitar: Beginner's Course