Teaching

I fell in love with music at an age too young to remember.  Having a fairly mobile childhood (my family moved around a lot), it was singing and songwriting that kept me confident and grounded.  Even by age ten, while putting on one-woman shows of The Little Mermaid for family and friends, belting out alt-rock tunes around the house, and writing my own original music at the piano, I was geared and ready to go for a creative future. 

Living in Pittsburgh during my early high school years, I learned immensely about the power of singing through the musical tradition of Jazz.  I was honored (and quite nervous!) to have occasionally been invited to “sit-in” and perform a song or two on stage with some of the area’s finest musicians.  They told me stories about when they were young, aspiring musicians just like me and encouraged me to keep loving and learning about music.  This was my first music education – in the field. 

Around that time, I reinvigorated my piano study, which I had begun at age eight, and began my first private voice lessons. It was these lessons that inspired me to pursue my passion at an advanced level, enrolling at the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theater and Dance a couple years later.  There, I was blessed to study with some of the country’s best vocal pedagogues who taught me the nuance of phrasing, breath control, and expression, as well as how to understand the colors of my voice. These professionals helped me translate my musical ambition into tangible and powerful growth, exactly what I strive to accomplish with my own students today.   

While my degree focus was a Bachelors in Jazz Voice, my personal musical projects have always spanned my affinity for all genres of music including jazz, musical theater, pop, opera, rock, and electronic.  I even occasionally sing and compose music for dancers!  I have performed and premiered original work at all kinds of venues - jazz clubs, large rock halls, music festivals, New Music concerts – and have toured the Midwest and Eastcoast with notable performances in New York City and beyond.  Locally, recent performances have included those at The Detroit Institute of Arts, The Power Center for Performing Arts, Grand Rapid’s ArtPrize, and more.

For over four years I have been teaching students of all ages in private lessons, group classes, and workshops.  Last March, I was humbled to be invited as a Guest Artist to Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York, where I worked with collegiate level students on various repertoires. Additionally, I teach voice and music in various Southeast Michigan studios including Expressions Music Academy in Canton and Dance Dynamics Performing Arts Center in Walled Lake. 

It so excites me to see that sparkle in a student’s eye when he or she understands a new concept, theory, or technique.  To see my students’ musical curiosities shine and grow on a weekly basis inspires me and reminds me just how profound an experience music-making can be. Through exploring the material that interests my students, I seek to work towards technical, artistic, and personal growth and the success of all their future music goals!


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Private Voice Lessons: 

For students age 7 to adult. Weekly, bi-weekly, or single lessons available. Offered year round. 

Materials:

Items to bring to lessons:

  1. A three-ring binder 
  2. A spiral-bound notebook to record homework assignments
  3. A pencil
  4. Water
  5. Sheet music and additional materials. Additional materials may include theory books, theory flashcards, repertoire books, and/or a metronome. These will need to be purchased. Sheet music will need to be purchased, but I will be able to provide some songs in the event that I already have the music. 

Location: 

Canton/Plymouth/Novi:  I have my own studio at Expressions Music Academy.  Visit http://www.expressionsmusicacademy.com/music-lessons-in-canton-mi for more information and booking. 

Ann Arbor, Hamtramck, Detroit, Metro-Detroit, Walled Lake, or nearby areas: While you are more than welcome to enroll in my studio at Expressions Music Academy in the Canton/Plymouth and Novi locations, I am also available to drive to you! 

Ideally, you will have a tuned piano available for use in your home, but if not, I can bring my keyboard to our lessons. Please note that there may be a small travel fee per lesson if you fall outside a thirty-mile radius of Detroit, Michigan, where I am based.  Again, this rate will be discussed before confirming our first lesson. 

Rescheduling Lessons and Absences:

Please make sure to communicate any student absences or cancellations no less than 24 hours in advance.  Should I need to reschedule a lesson due to travel, I will communicate my schedule two or more weeks prior to said lesson. 

Rates: 

30 minute private lesson: $32.00

45 minute private lesson: $48.00

1hr private lesson: $64.00

*Please note that there may be a small travel fee per lesson if you fall outside a thirty-mile radius of Detroit, Michigan, where I am based. This rate will be discussed before confirming our first lesson. 

I accept checks at the beginning of each lesson.  Should it be more convenient, we can coordinate a single pay at the beginning of each month of lessons. 

Contact:

Interested in learning more?  Ready to book your first lesson? Please contact me through the form below. I look forward to hearing from you! 

Please answer this short questionnaire in your email form: 

  1. What is your age? If you are looking to book lessons for your child, what is his/her age? 
  2. What is your experience with singing? Are you a complete beginner? If you have studied voice before (privately, school choir, musicals), for how long have you been studying?
  3. Do you play or study any musical instruments? 
  4. If you are interested in taking lessons in your home, do you have a tuned piano? 
  5. Is there anything else I should know before lessons start to ensure you get the most out of lessons (e.g. special needs, accessibility requests, upcoming test or audition timelines, etc.)?
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