I really enjoy working with students to develop awareness of their body and breath, and at the same time, teaching them to let go of their fear and just sing
I was raised in a very musical household. Everyone knew how to sing and play the piano and some of my earliest memories are of sitting on the piano bench, plinking out melodies of the songs my parents could play. I studied piano privately through college. The way the piano is laid out neatly describes music theory as one learns to play in all twelve keys. To be able to see what notes to choose by understanding each scale, to be able to read music and apply it to the layout of the keyboard, and to have fun by digging into rich chords and rhythms. These are the fundamentals of my approach to learning to play the piano.
I decided I wanted to learn the flute because I love the sound. I went even farther in my flute studies than in piano, studying with many well-known flutists including Paul Taub (Cornish College), Jill Felber (UC Santa Barbara), and Robert Aitken (Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg, Germany).It is the study of breath control and embouchure development in flute playing that allowed me to transition into singing.
The voice is the most magical of instruments because it comes directly from your body and heart. And you get to say what’s on your mind! I really enjoy working with students to develop awareness of their body and breath, and at the same time, teaching them to let go of their fear and just sing. It is often difficult to study ones voice because of shyness or fears of physical limitation. But getting to work with a student as they open up, build strength and find their voice is, to me, the most exciting part of teaching. I play in several local bands including Screens, The Harborrats, Undersea Passage, and Swampdweller.
Music saves lives!