Clarinet was my first band instrument I learned as a child. I am now a professional singer and oboe player, but also love to teach other instruments. While at The Hartt School where I received my Bachelor's of Music degree, I studied all orchestral instruments from a pedagogical standpoint.
I started composing when I was in fifth grade. Beginning with short pieces in a manuscript book my parents bought for me, I kept writing until I had pieces that I was proud to show off. I drafted two musicals in high school, and wrote incidental music for my high school drama club. We took one play to competitions, and one of the high points of praise from the judges was how my music captured the mood and flow of the play. I continued to write where I went to college (The Hartt School) for small instrumental ensembles, then began to write more for voices. After getting a job singing and playing music at a church, I wrote music specifically for the choir I worked with. Over the last few years, I have made liturgical music my main focus.
My compositions have been sent to competitions held by organizations such as the National Association of Pastoral Musicians and The Hartt School, and one of my vocal solo pieces is debuting in Iceland this summer.
While at The Hartt School, where I received my Bachelor's of Music, I studied Ear Training extensively. After testing out of classes, I studied Kodaly Method privately for two years.
Today I use Kodaly when working with choirs and private students.
I have been playing flute for 8 years. My first band instrument was clarinet. Then I learned oboe, saxophone, and then flute. I was section leader in my high school's marching band and pep band. I majored in Oboe Performance at The Hartt School where I received a Bachelor's of Music. While there, I continued my flute playing in ensembles like pep band, and music theatre pit orchestras where doubling and even tripling on instruments is very common. Today I play flute regularly in churches, and teach private lessons to beginner and intermediate flute students.
The primary focus when I approach General Music is the folk song. The tradition at The Hartt School has taught me to hold folk music dear, because of its historic, expressive, and musical value. With children I teach folk songs from different cultures in solfege and words.
General music is also accessible to adults. I am happy to offer music appreciation lessons which look at music around us in our everyday lives, identifying it, and learning about influential music during various times in history and the present.
I have a B.M. in Performance from The Hartt School. While there, I studied music history from the baroque period to the present. I have studied a great amount of music from the early periods before the baroque: Renaissance and early Gregorian chant.
I've studied tonal and post-tonal music theory at the undergraduate and graduate levels. I focus on classical theory, and take a great deal from Kodaly method.
The oboe has been the focus of my study for 12 years now. When I was excelling at the clarinet, it was suggested by my band director that I learn a new instrument. I chose the oboe because of its rarity and beauty. I readily took the challenge to be the best oboe player I could. In high school, I was in All State Orchestra all four years, and scored the highest out of anyone my senior year. I received a scholarship from The Hartt School for my oboe playing, and played in many large and small ensembles there. Today I play oboe in churches and teach lessons to beginner and intermediate oboe students.
I am studying Theology and Ethics at Hartford Seminary where I expect to receive my Master's of Arts in 2012. Ethics are important to daily life. They help us function as individuals, with friends, groups, networks, and societies. The work I do at Hartford Seminary focuses on music's influence in promoting moral behavior.
I have been playing saxophone for ten years. In high school I learned alto saxophone so that I could participate in jazz band (I was/am an oboe player). While at The Hartt School, where I received my Bachelor's of Music degree, I studied all orchestral instruments from a pedagogical standpoint.
I studied Kodaly Method ear training extensively while at The Hartt School where I received my Bachelor's of Music. Ear Training and Sight-Singing go hand-in-hand. In order to sing what you see, you must be able to hear it in your head.
I use Kodaly Method when working with choirs and private students.
I hold a B.M. from The Hartt School. I have written numerous pieces of music ranging from chamber instrumental music to choral pieces. Much of the music I write contains words. I am happy to offer lessons in composition and songwriting.
As a private teacher, I have worked with many students with varying abilities and needs. Some excel above the average level, some are below. Each student is on a plan that is at their pace and at their level. I enjoy working with students regardless of their mental or physical capacity.
In music especially, autistic students benefit from a wordless language that they can relate to. I have had students who fall into this category and have excelled greatly. For others, music is an important part of every person's life. It soothes, relaxes, expresses things that we need to explore. Using music as a tool, students with special needs can unlock doors that otherwise may be kept shut.
I studied voice privately at The Hartt School where I received my Bachelor's of Music, and participated in many choral ensembles. Today I direct a church choir.
My students range from beginners to new professionals, ages 14 - 80. I enjoy the unique qualities of each voice. Sight-reading and Ear Training are very important for singers so I teach every voice student of mine to be a good reader of music.