About me and my background... I studied opera and classical voice for a few years at Stanford University in C
.A., but transferred out to finish my undergraduate degree at Berklee College of Music
in Boston when I decided to pursue more vocal jazz. After Berklee, I taught music at a Boston public school before moving to Madrid, Spain, where I taught privately and sang professionally for four years. I moved back to the US in summer of '05 (here in NYC) where I recently finished my masters in vocal jazz performance at Manhattan School of Music. I've taught students of all ages and levels (from 5 to 65--kids to professionals), and a variety of styles (everything from broadway to opera to pop, rock, soul, blues, and vocal jazz, which is my specialty). I've also sung in numerous classical, pop and jazz a cappella groups and choirs, and have experience as a professional composer, lyricist, and vocal arranger, and play regularly with my own trio and quartet around NY, in Europe and South America.
My lessons usually encorporate some technique work (breathing, placement, warm-ups and exercises, ear training
, etc.) in addition to repetoire, style and interpretation, phrasing and so forth. However, as each voice and human instrument is unique, my classes are pretty varied and flexible, adapting to the needs and direction of each particular singer. I suggest my students record all lessons in order to listen back to their progress and have something to reference and practice with at home. That way, the singing
we work on together in our classes may continue to enrich the musical pursuits of my students outside of our lessons and into the future.
References to past and current students of mine are also available to hear what their experiences have been like with me.