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I'm glad you found me! I am a professional singer/voice coach with almost 30 years of experience. I have Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Temple University, where I also taught ear training. I've had a very successful international classical career, and I have eight commercial CDs to my credit, many of which have received considerable critical acclaim. If you're struggling with elementary music theory, I can help you. If you're having trouble singing on key, we can try to figure out why. And if you're a singer who needs work with anything relating to your voice, from technical work to improving your sight-reading, let's get to work! I've worked with students of all levels and in many styles, although I am most often asked to work in the fields of classical and musical theater. Speaking of musical theater, I was asked to create and teach a special course at the University of Pennsylvania for their Theater Arts majors, which I called "Acting Through Song". It touched on many aspects of adequate preparation for auditioning for and working in a musical, so if you're an aspiring singer/actor, I can tailor our time accordingly. As much as I enjoy performing, I also enjoy teaching because I want to be sure that every person who is studying music has all the skills necessary to make the most of their time. I work as hard for my students as they work for me. And let's call these sessions private lessons, not tutoring sessions (well, maybe sometimes they're more one than the other, but it's basically the same thing: a private, one-on-one hour of specialized work). I'll come to you, but since I have a very comfortable studio in my home with a lovely baby grand piano, and in most cases a piano is necessary, I'd prefer if you came to me.
So... think you'd like to give me a try?!
As a candidate for the Master of Music degree at Temple University I was offered a full teaching assistantship by the Aural Theory department, meaning my tuition was free plus I was paid a stipend. My responsibility was to teach the Friday labs and offer individual tutoring sessions for any students who requested help. My work covered all four of the ear training course levels, and dealt with Solfeggio using the system of "moveable DO", applying that system to the singing of melody lines, bass lines, and arpeggiating Roman Numeral chord progressions, first in one key and then with modulations, which obviously means that a basic understanding of theory and harmony was also involved. I was so successful that immediately after graduation I was hired to teach both summer sessions of the various levels offered, and I created much of my own materials. As a working professional singer, ear training is an ongoing skill which improves as one continually has to learn new repertoire, whether in a choir or as a soloist.
Sight singing is the ability to accurately render vocally a melody which is unfamiliar. This is a skill which truly shows the mark of a superior musician, since it means that person will be able to learn their music much faster than someone who needs things played for them multiple times so they can, in effect, memorize the music. The fundamentals are a knowledge of basic rhythms as well as harmony and theory, along with recognizing intervals and being able to sing the pitches accurately (commonly known as ear training (!), which is why the two are really taught as one). The usual first step for this skill is with the use of Solfeggio (the syllables do,re,mi,fa,sol,la,ti and the syllables for the various sharps and flats). As skills improve, this 'crutch' can be taken away, but is always there to use as a learning aid. Imagine not having the ability to play the piano, but wanting to learn a piece of music. With enough work in ear training and sight-reading, this is definitely possible.
I am a soprano and have Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Voice from Temple University. But that shouldn't impress you.... What should is what happened after I graduated! I have had an active international career as a recitalist, soloist and chamber musician, performing in the US, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, France, Germany, Austria, Turkey and the Middle East. My recitals have been recorded for broadcast in the US, Canada and Germany. I have 8 CDs to my name, many of which have received extensive critical praise, especially those which dealt with a rather unknown type of music which I spent several years researching, and one called "Serious Fun!", which I like to describe as a musical essay on the art of the comic song. I've been part of many well-known chamber music festivals, and I've spent time on many college campuses as an Artist-in-Residence, spending a week or two giving lectures and master classes, performing, and coaching individual students. Back home I've had an active studio for many years, working primarily in the fields of classical song and musical theater, but I have over the years had students from all backgrounds and all levels. My personal philosophy is that there is only one way to sing, and that's the right way. All types of music require the same foundational training, and my goal is to give you the tools you need to plug your voice into whatever type of music you love best without damaging your voice in the process.
Extremely Patient and an Excellent Tutor! — Being an excellent sight-singer is essential and a required tool in the music world today. I have been away from a classroom situation for over 13 years. I wanted to become more proficient with my sight-singing. Having this skill will enable me to be more of an asset rather than a liability in choral situations. So, I searched and found Jody through Wyzant. Jody makes it fun, yet a challenging exp ...
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