As a voice teacher, I strive to make every student comfortable with their own authentic instrument and to achieve efficiency and ease of vocal production. I do not believe that there is such thing as a “good” or a “bad” voice—only your voice, which may not be functioning well for various reasons. I focus heavily on posture/alignment, good breathing habits, and optimal vowels for every part of the voice. I aim to meet students where they are and help them meet whatever goals they may have, whether it is to feel more confident when singing in church, or to re-discover the joy in singing after a strenuous undergraduate program and a change in career direction. I hope to give all of my students the tools they need to use their instruments to the fullest!
MY TEACHING PHILOSOPHY
Discussing my journey as a singer and educator with percussionist and fellow Northwestern alumna Queen Mab. Highlights include the origin story of my obsession with Gilbert and Sullivan and why I couldn't go bowling in high school!
Giving a presentation on body-mapping for Professor Julia Bentley's studio class.
Photo credit: Rachel Mauney
Explaining the function of leitmotifs in Sir Arthur Sullivan's score for Iolanthe, as part of a 2-hour course on the partnership and works of Gilbert and Sullivan at Ivy Tech Community College in February of 2020.
Photo credit: Adam Bell