Hello Students and Parents,
I've been a professional music educator for 15 years. My career in music began over 30 years ago as an aspiring opera singer. My career in opera took me around the world, however, my desire to teach brought me back to the U.S. and my career as an educator began. I opened a private vocal studio in Chicago, Illinois, in 1995 which brought the attention of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (Grammys) where I act as an educational music consultant for their Grammy in the Schools Programs and Grammy Camp. I currently run a highly successful vocal development and coaching studio in Burbank, CA, which boasts a large roster of R&B, Pop, Rock and Hip Hop Artists.
However, it was my years as a college music history professor and professor in music theory that opened me up to classroom instruction. I've been challenged to work both in inner city educational environments with students who were developmentally, socially or academically challenged, as well as more advanced college settings with students who possessed a zest for learning and a love of music.
Since many students have difficulty in areas of music theory (particulary those with no formal music training or music background) private one-on-one tutoring and instruction became a regular part of my college teaching experience.
My approach is fun and innovative (that is the way I learned). I bring music into the 21st century by making comparisons with today's music and/or music that the student may be listening to or influenced by today. Composers of yesteryear come to life under my instruction and I bring Mozart, Bach and Beethoven right into the students' existence using common day comparisons as well as historical facts and interesting stories about periods of music that students find enjoyable and entertaining. I love the look of accomplishment on a students face when I align music theory elements such as major/minor chord progressions to the music they are influenced by today and how to use that knowledge to succeed in their classroom and school environments.
I bring music to life, whether it is Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical or Modern. I have a passion to inspire understanding and to instill a sense of accomplishment in all my students. Over the years I have had the privilege of seeing this manifest itself with young people from both affluent and underserved communities.
I live in Long Beach, California, however, I travel often to the Burbank, Santa Monica and Pasadena areas as well.
For me, learning does not have a zip code, learning is in the heart.
I hope to be a positive educational influence to you and/or your student and that the tutor/student relationship is filled with learning, laughter and love of music.
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