My education, accolades, and experience
I completed my Bachelor of Arts in Vocal and General Music Education and minor in Spanish at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. I graduated magna cum laude and was honored to be the 2016 recipient of the Rebecca Reichert Scholarship for Music Education. While attending Ball State, I performed one solo voice recital and sang in the Chamber Chorus, Concert Choir, Women’s Chorus, and University Choral Union. During those four years, I had a great deal of field experience teaching elementary and middle school general music as well as middle school and high school choir. For my student teaching, I co-taught high school choir and AP music theory and assisted in vocal directing the winter musical. Post-grad, I taught middle school choir and general music, which included taking students to solo contests and directing a musical.
My approach to teaching
My approach to teaching focuses on building true musicianship in a way that is tailored to each student’s individuality. We are going to work hard on developing musical skills
that will set you up for success in the future as well as have fun delving into the music you are passionate about. I emphasize vocal health over everything and give students the tools to practice healthily.
One of my practice techniques
One of the techniques I find the most effective to improve my singing is to watch or listen to a recording of myself. Since we are our own worst critics, many people struggle with
listening to themselves perform (I was one of them!), but this practice technique allows you to be able to pick out areas for improvement that you might not have noticed in real time. Trust me – over time, you will grow to love it and become a much more efficient musician!
My favorites in these five styles
Rock – Ben Folds
Pop – Sara Bareilles
Folk/Indie – Ingrid Michaelson
Jazz – Ella Fitzgerald
Funk - Snarky Puppy
Classical – Debussy
My favorite quote
“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear. The brave may not live forever, but the cautious do not live at all.” – Meg Cabot
How I started playing music
One of the first things to really spark my interest in music was when I joined band in fifth grade playing snare drum. By seventh grade, I was practicing hours at a time teaching myself to play piano and sing. I joined a local summer youth choir, where I received a little bit more voice coaching, and had my first opportunities to sing solo in public. I participated in choir, marching band, music theory, and musicals throughout high school, but I didn’t actually take private piano or voice lessons until college. I learned so much about myself and music from my experiences, and I wouldn’t trade them for anything!