NCVS Trained Vocologist. I am excited to have completed the intense, rigorous training in vocology through the National Center for Voice Studies. I believe that every one of us has a beautiful unique voice, which is a mirror of our true self. Anyone can learn to sing; the process of learning is finding and expressing that voice without fear. My mother was my biggest musical influence. Music was a part of my life every single day. In my childhood home, someone was on the piano, organ, flute, violin, horn, or singing every day. My mother made sure it all happened from giving lessons, to arranging other teachers for us. She also made sure we performed regularly. She seemed to have a song in her heart and was always willing to share music with everyone, and wherever she traveled. Although she did not have a Music Education degree, she was heavily involved with music education in our schools. She was always called in as a specialist to organize, rehearse, and direct the school musicals and other vocal programs. Everyone loved to sing for her. She could get people to sing who did not think they could sing or refused to for whatever reason. She made everyone feel they were special and had something to contribute to the group. I believe this is one of the most important characteristics a teacher must have or develop.
Her most memorable endeavor was when she gave piano and voice lessons to a deaf girl. I was only 10 years old yet this confirmed to me, her belief that everyone can learn music and that no one should be left out. Everyone should participate in any way they are able. The singing lessons were not always very pretty to listen to because all she knew how to do was yell. She did not understand volume. With my mother’s gentle instruction and patience, she developed better communication skills with the hearing world. I watched nearly every lesson because I was so intrigued by what seemed to be impossible. It was beautiful to watch their interaction. In the 21st century, when information is so easily accessible and there are numerous schools of thought, there is not one school that has the ultimate technique; you should pick and choose from what works best for you. All aspects of singing are addressed in the studio: • Anatomy & vocal health • Posture • Breath • Projection & resonance • Exercises • Diction • Repertoire • Artistry • Performance Goals (technical, career, hobby, and others) are defined with each student individually.