Welcome to my Teaching page!
I teach both Piano & Voice privately so please reach out to me if you are interested in expanding your range on one of those two instruments or, if you're just looking to give one of them a whirl for the first time.
Below you'll see performance samples of mine on Voice & Piano. Below that is a short teaching Bio.
Piano and Vocal Background
My background as a singer and pianist goes back to the time I was 3 and stood up in preschool class to sing the Star-Spangled Banner. Ever since I think I’ve been hooked on the endorphin rush you get onstage while performing in front of people.
When I turned 8 I took up the piano for the first time and studied through until I was 18 at the Brattleboro Music Center in Brattleboro, Vermont. I had some great teachers during my time there on both voice and piano, but the one that has always stuck with me was my last piano teacher: a petite Korean woman named Chungyo Shin. She taught the exacting discipline it takes to really perfect a Schubert Impromptu or a Chopin Nocturne and she would not accept anything less than flawlessness from me so I learned to expect nothing less from myself. It was a hard lesson at times, I’ll admit, but I’m glad I learned that type of discipline at a young age from an inspiring teaching like Ms. Shin. Since my time as a piano student I have played as an accompanist on a couple occasions for Cabarets, even once in LA for a Cellist named Janice Foy that I know from the Musician’s Union. I also recently taught piano lessons at a summer camp on the east coast called Frenchwoods Festival of the Performing Arts.
My singing background includes taking lessons in not only Brattleboro, Vermont, but also New York City. I studied a more Belt technique while in New York and learned some helpful breathing exercises including one that involves 2 different sized straws. During both high school and college I was cast in many leading man roles in the musicals including: Jean Valjean in Les Miserables, El Gallo in The Fantasticks, Emile in South Pacific, and Rapunzel’s Prince in Into The Woods. I also sang with the Vassar College choir all 4 years while I was at Vassar and we toured to Italy and Germany with some of the most gorgeous music I’ve ever heard. Whether it was the elegant beauty of Tallis or Palestrina or the haunting dissonances of Eric Whitacre, my memories of singing in that choir will never leave me. I also sang challenging music like J.S Bach’s St. John Passion while with the Vassar College Madrigal singers. Singing has long been a part of my life and I hope to keep it in my life for as long as I can take a breath to move people, and most importantly, be moved by music.