As a vocal instructor, the relationship between your personal life and the voice is very important. I would begin our lessons by getting to know you, talk about anything that might be going on that day (5 minutes of time) and then work into the music, exploring different languages and styles that suit your specific voice.
As a music theory teacher, I would make sure that you understand the current lesson before we move on to the next lesson. There will be assignments designed for your specific growth as a musician when working on either reading or composing music.
I have been giving lessons for two years now, but have also student taught at the elementary through high school levels in Des Moines, IA. While student teaching, I was taught my Chamber Choir, Jazz Choir, and Show Choir. I have taught around 20 private lessons while I was a guest coach at a school preparing them for solo/ensemble competitions. My students have improved their sound and have received better scores in competitions than previous times.
High School Diploma from Mount Vernon High School - GPA: 3.91
Bachelor of Music Education from Simpson College (In Progress) - GPA: 3.74
Student Teaching at Greenwood Elementary and Theodore Roosevelt High School
Practicum at Callanan Middle School
Camp Counselor at the Howard H. Cherry Scout Reservation
Private Lessons at Simpson College
Performed in 10 Operas (6 Principal Roles) while at Simpson College
Performed in 9 Musicals in the Mount Vernon, IA Area
Involved in 24 Shows in the Mount Vernon, IA Area (Performing and Tech Crew)
Iowa Large Group and Individual Speech Competition for 4 years
Simpson College Madrigal Singers - 4 Years
Simpson College Chamber Singers - 3 Years
Simpson Men of Music - 2 Years (Current President)
MVHS Chamber Choir - 2 Years
MVHS Jazz Choir - 1 Year
Iowa All-State Chorus - 2011, 2012 (Soloist)
Iowa All-State Large Group Speech - 2012, 2013
Iowa All-State Individuals Speech - 2011
Iowa Solo/Ensemble Outstanding Performance - 2011, 2012, 2013
Iowa Class 2A Jazz Champions - Jazz Choir - 2013
MVHS Maggie Ellison Award for Best Season - 2012
International Honor Thespian - 2013
Dorian Honor Choir Solo Semi-finalist - 2013
MVHS Maggie Ellison Fine Arts Scholarship - 2013
Simpson College Douglas J. Duncan Music Award - 2014
Simpson College Sven and Mildred Lekberg Music Scholarship - 2016
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