Philosophy

My goal as a studio voice teacher is to help students secure a vocal technique and an interpretative process that allows for confident and full artistic expression.  Artful singing is an endeavor that engages the body, intellect, and emotions. Ultimate success is measured by an ability to communicate the text and music, genuinely and without encumbrance, through a relaxed and beautifully well-produced vocal resonance.  Because every student is unique, this work is tailored to each student’s learning style, personality, and ability.

Technical mastery of our instrument is the door to expressive and communicative singing.  My vocal instruction embraces the Italian bel canto tradition which promotes vocal freedom, efficiency and longevity.  The voice is developed through a systematic series of vocalises that adapt to the challenges of the individual student.  Technical concepts addressed are physiology, posture and breath management, vowel clarity and modification, vocal efficiency and tension reduction, articulation and diction.  The International Phonetic Alphabet is used to train students in foreign language.  Classical repertoire is recommended to build a voice and give foundation in these above areas.  Subsequently, this training can be applied to a variety of vocal styles.

Because expressive singing is a synthesis of sound production, musicianship, and communication, training is certainly not limited to technique.  A singer must first and foremost be a good musician.  Under my instruction students are expected to learn the rudiments of music literacy and style.  Learning to read music and adhere to the composer’s intentions is paramount to any performer’s success.  My instruction includes procedures for learning/interpreting and memorizing music, poetic analysis, performance skills, and basic acting and character development.

The process of increasing vocal skill combines the cooperative efforts of both student and teacher.  My role as a studio voice teacher is to guide students through a process of self-awareness and self-analysis in a positive and encouraging environment, without compromising the standards for good artistry.  Because singing requires vulnerability and risk-taking exploration, the studio must be a safe place of built trust, mutual respect, and honest feedback.  Guiding students to transfer this positive mindset to the practice room is essential.  Positive, self-directed, and purposeful practice keeps the process enjoyable and fosters independent musicians and learners.  Sustaining ineffective practice can often be frustrating and reinforce poor habits, whereas skill-building practice is strategic, self-regulating, and motivating.  Students must be taught to practice in this deliberate and mindful way, as it continually enriches a positive and inspired psyche.

I am thankful for the opportunity to work with students, inspiring and encouraging them in their unique vocal journey.  Comfortable, healthy and relaxed singing, though difficult, should feel easy when mastered;  I strive to help students discover this free sound so that they can find fulfillment and satisfaction in their singing and perform with confidence and full artistic expression.