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I am now taking new students in Nashville, Tennessee as well as Phoenix, AZ and around the globe via Skype. I'm currently spending most of my time near the Berry Hill area in Nashville, but I am still available for my Phoenix students by appointment. Contact me for availability and specials.
As an experienced singer songwriter and front woman of several rock and pop bands, I bring a lot of real world vocal and performance experience to my students. Having a diverse musical history ranging from pop, r&b, punk, emo, folk, indie, 80's soft rock, to big band, classical, musical theater, and black gospel, I am able to understand and teach students within the style that they feel most passionate about. I'm a huge believer in directly applying the techniques taught, so our lessons will consist of scales and understanding of the voice, but will always include plenty of song application, mainly on songs of your choice. I will help with suggestions, but I truly believe if you don't like the songs you're working on, you will have less motivation to practice and get better!!
| EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE |
I studied classical voice for four years at Grand Canyon University, graduating with a B.A. in Creative Arts with a Vocal Emphasis. But in my experience, I feel I gained most of my vocal power and control after graduating by studying with vocal coaches of artists such as Natasha Bedingfield, Justin Bieber, Hayley Williams and Taylor Swift. Because of this personal experience, I mostly incorporate VocalizeU and Speech Level Singing techniques, and have taught students from ages 4-67 over the last 12 years.
There is so much to learn about the voice, so I am constantly pursuing education, to become a better artist myself and to better help my students. For the last several years I have studied under top vocal coach Vanessa Purdy and I recently received more training from internationally renowned, Nashville Vocal Coach Lisa Haupert through her online course for voice teachers. Lisa is also the Education Manager of the esteemed VocalizeU teacher network and has been trained in speech science, vocal pedagogy, and medicine through the Summer Vocology Institute with Dr. Ingo Titze, the leader in vocal science. I've gleaned a lot of wisdom and tools from this knowledgeable woman through watching her teach and have been seeing even more results with my students. I also continue my own education through online courses, webinars, research in the latest vocal science findings, and through my connection to a fabulous network of other amazing vocal coaches around the world.
| Nervous or struggling with stage fright? |
I understand firsthand that overwhelming feeling and can help you with this! I battled performance anxiety for what seemed like forever, so I have a close understanding of students dealing with the frustrations of stage fright. Music is an emotional expression, so I believe we must address the emotional and mental side of being a performer as well as the technical side, if we truly want to have vocal freedom.
| Looking for performance help? |
Yep, I can help with that. I've been performing locally, nationally, and internationally for many years. I've helped many students come out of their shell on stage!
| What else am I about? |
Along with teaching voice, I spend much of my time songwriting, performing solo, or with various bands. In 2014, I finished my second solo album, which can be found on iTunes, as well as previous albums on NoiseTrade, and I've released some singles since then on my website. I'm also a mentor and advocate for abuse recovery, a hobby artist, a wife, and a doggie mama. :)
| Lesson Details |
I have a laid back and fun approach in lessons. High focus on applying techniques to songs, mainly of the students choosing. Vocal exercises and theories shared are mainly from VocalizeU methods, though I borrow from classical methods occasionally. We will also do some ear training exercises and work to improve diction and vowels when needed. Performance skills and songwriting assistance is also available. Students are encouraged to bring their phones or iPod's to record lessons.
| Studio Equipment |
Piano, Guitar, Microphone & PA equipment
| Specialties |
I specialize in teaching vocal technique, performance, the nuances of style, songwriting analysis, and overcoming stage fright. I teach popular styles: Pop, Rock, R&B, Folk, Indie, Country and Musical Theater. I work with students at all levels and ages, though my clientele tends to be more high school and adults. All are welcome to try a lesson and see if it's a good fit!
I absolutely love being able to inspire people to sing and give voice to the unique sound that we each have within us. It's a personal passion of mine to help others find their voice and the inner strength to let it be heard!
See you soon,
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