Philosophy

Voice

No matter what genre you choose to focus on, I teach the classical bel canto vocal technique as the foundation to any style. Bel canto means beautiful singing in Italian and it is the oldest and most studied vocal technique in Western music. In addition, we will also be working with the fundamentals of the Alexander Technique. This technique helps one become aware of one’s body when performing and helps the performer address tensions which hinder optimal performance.

Our lessons together will generally include a vocal warm up, Alexander technique exercises, and repertoire.  It is important to note that we will develop an individualized lesson plan and curriculum.

Other subjects may include:

  • Solfeggio

  • Sight Reading

  • Singing in foreign languages

  • Memorization

  • Music history

  • Music theory

  • International Phonetic Alphabet

Piano

We will also strengthen your hands through technique exercises and scales. Our lessons will generally include technique warm ups and repertoire, and memorization. Because there are various genres within piano repertoire, it is important to note that we will develop an individualized lesson plan and curriculum.

Other subjects may include:

  • Improvisation

  • Music theory

  • Chord structure 

  • Music history

  • Sight reading

Songwriting

These lessons are open to students who play other instruments or are currently studying piano and voice and want to pursue writing their own music. We will work with contemporary styles such as pop, ballads, and musical theater. We will work on poetry, syntax, musical language and style, improvisation, and composition. Songwriting can be incorporated into your piano or voice lessons.


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