Voice & Piano
I teach voice and piano. Music has held an important place in my life for as long as I can remember. I started singing at a very young age, and piano soon followed. I studied Vocal Performance at the University of the Arts, where I cultivated my love for many different genres. I specialize in Jazz, Rock, Blues, Indie, and Pop. I’ve sang in a number of choirs and ensembles, and I love solo performances as well. When teaching, I believe that learning classical technique is very important no matter what genre you are looking to sing. In my lessons I hope to help my students find the strengths in their own individual voices, and build up their musicianship skills as well. I want my students to grow as confident musicians.
When did you begin singing and why?
I’ve been singing since I was really young, maybe two or three years old. I grew up in a music-loving family, my mom was constantly singing her favorite songs around the house. I guess it was inevitable.
What other instruments do you play, and what is your experience with them?
I also play piano. I took piano lessons at a young age for a while, only to take a long break from piano. Going into high school, I started playing piano again but remained self-taught. Once I attended UArts, I took basic and jazz piano courses and have been playing ever since.
What are your personal goals as a musician?
I hope to perform as much as possible, and continue to cultivate my own voice. Even now there’s still so much to learn about music and I want to continue to learn every day.
Do you have a memory of a time when a musical concept or technique really clicked? Something you’ll remember forever?
I have quite a few, but my favorite was finally figuring out voice placement. I struggled for a while with my technique and placing my voice correctly. I had an amazing teacher who always stuck with me and encouraged me constantly, and I was able to figure it out!
What is your favorite piece of advice from one of your past (or current) teachers?
Don’t push yourself to sound like someone else, even though you may like the way they sound. Making a song your own is part of the fun.
What was your most challenging moment learning an instrument?
As a kid I never wanted to practice the piano. I wanted to do things with my friends and go outside instead of tedious practicing. I ignored the fun part of learning the instrument. Thankfully I changed later on!
What is your biggest musical achievement?
Right now I’d say that receiving a degree in music has been my greatest musical achievement.
Favorite thing about teaching?
Seeing progress in my students and how accomplished they feel when a concept finally makes sense.
What is a piece of advice you would like to share with anyone learning music?
Work hard at what you do, but remember to see the fun in it as well!
Personal music projects:
I’m currently working on getting a band together to gig in the area.