My teaching philosophy is rooted in a quote by American poet Robert Frost—one I heard early in my own education: “I am not a teacher; I am an awakener.” This simple sentence has shaped, and continually embodies, the way I approach my students and their instruction in vocal arts. It is not my job to teach or feed students information, but rather to facilitate awakening their abilities. This involves offering tools for self-made discovery, effectively allowing students to become their own teachers. It is a duty I take great pride in.
Singing is a field that integrates physical, mental, and emotional competences—it is also a discipline that remains fluid. Musicians are never done learning and are always honing their craft. Additionally, there is constant evolution in the vocal arts and its pillars, from concepts of instrument anatomy and physiology to teaching methodologies. My mission is to empower learners with tools that spark interest, desire, and drive for continual learning.
Working with voices is a privilege I do not take lightly. A student’s voice is incredibly personal, and trust must be built between the teacher and student. I help students master basic principles of respiration, healthy vocal production, conscious muscular control, mental perception, and artistry of performance in singing. This lays a technical foundation upon which students then build their future. I tailor lessons to fit individual students’ needs, helping them to discover their purest, truest voice. Students with a wide range of abilities, backgrounds, and personalities are supported and brought together as a community in my studio
Whether in the private studio or teaching group lessons, I incorporate the use of multiple learning modalities and technologies in addition to stressing critical and creative thinking. This involves diversity of instruction, and I often give varied content experiences so that students are afforded the best opportunity to learn based on individual learning styles. I have several different methods of instructing the same concept at all times. In stressing critical and creative thinking, it is also my goal to help students look beyond the obvious, inquiring for the why and how of concepts in music and singing instead of recitation of information. This encourages lifelong education, instead of learning for the moment.
My philosophy of teaching voice will continue to evolve, but the objectives of my instruction will remain the same. My goal is to help students awaken their potential, as singers and musicians that continually discover and use their instruments with good health, informed context, artistry, and pride. The students I teach in my studio are the future of the field; they are always encouraged and empowered to discover, create, and strive for excellence in the vocal arts.