California State University (Music-Performance)
Stanford University (Master's)
Stanford University (EdD)
I believe that every student can learn. I am an award winning education and development professional with over 25 years of experience in both teaching and fund raising. I love the challenge of working with students interested in Vocal Music, Beginning Keyboard, Music Theory, American History, and ethnic and gender studies. My background includes extensive classroom experience (K-12, Undergraduate, and Graduate Students) along with vocal and instrumental performance ensembles (secular and sacred vocal ensembles, concert bands, marching band, orchestras-classical and theatre, jazz ensembles, vocal gospel ensembles). As a student, I have had the honor to perform under the baton of great conductors and composers including Ozawa, Freeman, and the late Jester Hairston. Selected as “teacher of the Year” after just two years of public school instruction, I have earned terminal degrees in education and music from Stanford University where he served in several capacities including instructor, academic advisor, and associate provost for foundation relations. I was one of the first recipients of the Golden Apple Award for incorporating music and history in the development of the software production of “A House Divided-A History of the Lincoln-Douglas Debates.”
I am passionate about education and I've invested time working with students to improve all aspects of their musical skill (great with beginners and those interested in both traditional and contemporary (gospel, jazz, popular) music idioms I "love" history -especially American History because I was "starved" as a student due to the limited exposure to the contributions of people of color, women, and other affinity groups as part of my learning process. Music or history - I try to teach by example and incorporate good character as part of the learning process. In addition to having two children having completed degrees at Wellesley, Emory, Amherst, and Stanford, my youngest and third child is a sophomore at Wellesley College. Former private students are currently students at NYU, John Hopkins, Howard, and UMass-Amherst. I am (also) skilled with all fund raising vehicles. I believe that every student can learn. I am an award winning education and development professional with over 25 years of experience in both teaching and fund raising. I love the challenge of working with students interested in Vocal Music, Beginning Keyboard, Music Theory, American History, and ethnic and gender studies. My background includes
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Ear training was a part of my initial music theory training as an undergraduate student. I continue to use ear training with all private students in order to familiarize them with interval relationships. It also helps with my ability to play or sing melodies after a single presentation by another artist.
I currently hold a K-12 credential that required me to take courses in teaching at each level. Additional requirements included the ability to teach reading and writing. I've passed the reading and writing exam in both California and Massachusetts.
I have taken over six academic quarters of music history. Originally focused exclusively on Western Music, my advanced degree activities have focused on ethnic music and their origins along with what is common between among all types of music.
In addition to having several courses introducing and practicing sight singing, it is part of my everyday life. I have taught and used both solfege and 1-7 systems. I have also included basic theory as part of the education process for the purpose of identifying major and minor modes.
I have taught vocal music for several decades at all levels. My lessons include theory, breathing techniques, phrasing, diction, sight reading, and an introduction to the classics. I also teach contemporary American Music Idioms like jazz, gospel, and show tunes.