Respect, sensitivity, and empathy are at the heart of my philosophy of music education.
Our voices are so individual, so much a part of our core being, that we feel very vulnerable about them. My goal as a voice coach is to first help people learn good technique and confidence in singing, but also to help people discover or rediscover their unique, powerful, personal, beautiful voice and enjoy singing out loud.
Over and over I hear stories from adults who experienced discouragement or hurtful comments about their voices. I’ve heard this enough to think that most people have probably had a similar experience. Some people are able to shrug off such criticism and continue doing what they love, probably because they can’t help themselves. Others need that criticism to be countered by encouragement. But, encouragement can be difficult to find.
I was one of the lucky ones who not only could not help myself doing what I loved, but found encouragement in surprising places at very tender times. This encouragement helped me to overcome debilitating performance anxiety, a process that has taken decades and is ongoing.
When I say that I understand the fear and anxiety that hold so many back, it is because I have lived there, too. I can walk through that place with you to the other side.
I have studied music/theatre throughout my life, formally (in high school, college, over 20 years of private lessons and group classes) and informally (always studying and learning more). I have performed professionally off and on since 1993, and have made a good portion of my living as a professional musician/actor since 2011.