Teaching Philosophy

Teaching Philosophy

Teaching Philosophy

Throughout my twenty years of teaching voice, at AMDA NYC and in my private vocal studio, I have fostered a love and passion for singing and performing in my students, while instilling in them the importance of healthy vocal technique. With the guidance of my vocal mentors, Cornelius Reid and Julian Patrick, along with my background in and passion for the American Musical Theater canon and classical music, I have been very successful at developing all ages and types of voices and preparing students for whatever musical outlet they desire, be that a career in the performing arts, an audition for college, or their local community theatre production. I want every student to know that vocal training is a lifelong pursuit and that continuous exploration of the voice is a process that can be just as exciting and rewarding as the product. Good vocal health with a strong, clear idea of technique opens up a world of possibilities of musicality, theatricality, not to mention repertoire choices and career longevity. With a healthy voice, any style of singing is available to you.

My philosophy of vocal technique, based on Mr. Reid’s work of register mechanics, is perfectly suited for addressing complicated technical vocal issues, especially the unique needs of singing Musical Theater: I believe there is such a thing as a healthy belt, and that all singers should develop their head voice for complete, long-lasting vocal health. The technique of balancing the registers not only produces healthy, viable voices, but also reveals the individual singer’s unique voice. I want each student to discover what makes their voice special and distinctly their own. This in turn helps them to explore repertoire artistically and creatively. In regards to artistry, I believe singing is fundamentally theatrical, no matter the genre, and that a thorough understanding of the text, diction, context, character, musicianship, and perhaps most important of all, musicality, are integral to expressive singing. Technique alone will not produce results without particular attention to these other essential elements.

I am thrilled to say that the majority of my private students who pursued it, now work in their chosen profession of being professional performers in both Musical Theatre, opera and even pop and R&B. I am incredibly proud to have a number of students reach their ultimate goal of performing in Broadway productions, including The Color Purple, Waitress, Hairspray, and Wicked. They are on various National Tours and work in Regional houses all over the United States and Canada. When in Oregon, my focus turned towards preparing my students for college entrance auditions, as well as auditions and roles for local theatre companies and school productions. With my long tenure at AMDA, I provided them with an insider’s perspective on what schools and theatre companies look for in perspective students and cast members. Knowing that I have contributed to my students’ overall success means everything to me.

My ultimate goal is to teach voice and performing skills with an emphasis on healthy, expressive singing of all styles to aspiring performers of any level, ability or age.

I am pleased to answer any inquiries about my practices and philosophy.