As a teacher of voice, I have built my instructional program on the fundamental curriculum requirements established by most academic institutions. Criteria will always include these basics: breath management, stage presence, intonation, preparation, tone quality, musicianship, phrasing, diction, expression and interpretation. Self-awareness on a kinesthetic level is equally important, helping to avoid injuries due to overuse and/or misuse, establishing good postural habits, supporting vocal longevity and stamina for those long vocal sets.
Basic technical understanding further informs the student on a very personal level as to what they are bringing to the table, initiating a better understanding of their unique instrument along with allowing me to serve them in the best way possible. A clear awareness of a student’s vocal self also invites them to become more invested in the choices they/we make towards repertoire, considering attributes such as: breath control, range, cultural proclivities, sound vocabulary, memory or aural issues along with their willingness to take risks.
I also believe in viewing the student as body, mind and spirit. Being present and available to the student, allowing for compassion and a patient exchange to occur, always benefits both. I believe that everything in life informs everything in life! The key is how we approach, pay attention to and use the information coming our way. Many times it is from this place of patient listening that new vocabulary becomes apparent as the music begins. In the form of sounds, spoken word or spontaneous lyrical expression...life eases forth. This is a fascinating place to accompany a learner particularly when done in collaboration.
Under my study, students will increase their gigging experience, appropriate their musicianship, transcribe charts increasing repertoire, work on rhythmic phrasing and demonstrate improvisational techniques such as scat singing, back phrasing and altering of rhythm or melodic structures. If the student has chosen to experiment further by taking classes that examine Free Jazz or Circle Singing forms they will also advance with skills that allow for spontaneous composition; the ability to confidently connect with large vocal groups, lessening their reliance on instrumental accompaniment while identifying with their audience from a freer intuitive space.
Lessons culminate in a well prepared student that is ready to join the larger artistic community
Summary: Classes will develop the participant’s vocal potential, readying them for: recitals, concerts, competitions, gigs or simply build new healthy vocal awareness towards personal enrichment. Specific attention is spent on the following important vocal qualities: vocal technique & breath management, intonation, phrasing, diction, expression/interpretation, preparedness/stage presence, and sight singing. Vocal instruction genres offered: Lite Classical, Jazz/Improvisation, Pop, Folk, Spiritual/Blues, Spoken Word & Experimental.
If the student has chosen to experiment further, taking classes that examine Free Jazz or Song Circle or Voicestra forms, they will advance with skills that allow for spontaneous composition, the ability to confidently connect with large vocal groups, less reliance on instrumental accompaniment while identifying with their audience from a freer intuitive space. All culminating in a further prepared vocalist ready to join the larger artistic community.