Lessons

VOICE ~ PIANO ~ UKULELE ~ GUITAR

As a music teacher, I try to create a nurturing environment where students of all ages are empowered to learn and grow. I encourage parents to sit in on lessons, especially in the first year. This will help you help your child at home and will also help you understand the expectations. Listening to assigned repertoire is also a key part of weekly practice.

For PIANO (ages 5+), I work with beginners through late intermediate levels, starting with students in kindergarten up through adult. Younger students may be considered if they have begun learning to read. Student will learn to play by ear, to play by rote, and to read music. They will study common practice period repertoire and basic music theory, and develop the musicianship skills to work with lead sheets and lyric sheets, to transpose, and to compose.

For VOICE (ages 6+), I teach classical vocal technique to students of all ability levels. With my youngest students (6-11), we focus on learning new songs (drawing from folk and western art song repertoire) and developing good posture and breathing habits. With my older students (middle school through adult), we work on age-appropriate repertoire (drawing from western art song, early music, opera, and classic musical theater). If basic musicianship skills aren’t already present, a portion of each lesson will be spent learning to read music in addition to singing in harmony, studying vocal technique, and exploring repertoire.

For UKULELE, including baritone, (ages 5+), I work with beginners and intermediates, starting with those in elementary school up through adult. Younger students may be considered if they have begun learning to read. Students will learn to play by ear and by rote and how to read music and tablature. They will learn chords, strumming and picking patterns, scales, as well as how to interpret lyric and lead sheets. For those students with smaller hands who want to learn the guitar, baritone ukulele is a great alternative to start out with.

For GUITAR, (ages 6+), I work with beginners, starting with those in elementary school up through adult. Students will learn to play by ear and by rote and how to read music and tablature. They will learn chords, strumming and picking patterns, scales, as well as how to interpret lyric and lead sheets. Acoustic/classical guitar only.

TEACHING LOCATIONS – 
Private Home Studio (near 108th and Fort)
Iowa Western Community College
Omaha School of Music and Dance

For pricing and availability, please contact me

* Member of NATSEDUCATION:
BA, Music – Sonoma State University
MM, Vocal Performance – University of New Mexico
DMA, Early Music Performance Practices ​- Case Western Reserve University

Books used in my studio:

Voice –
Kids (6-12):
-25 Folksongs for Children
-Kids’ Broadway Songbook
-Full Voice Workbook (Introductory, Level 1)

Teens (13-17):
-Classics for Solo Singers
-Musical Theatre Collection: Young {Women/Men}
-Full Voice Workbook (Levels 2-3)

Adult (18+):
-Standard Vocal Literature {Sop/Mez/Ten/Bar/Bass}
-A Handbook of Diction for Singers (Adams)
-The Art Song Anthology
-Arias for {Sop/Mez/Ten/Bar/Bass}
-The Oratorio Anthology {Sop/Mez/Ten/Bar/Bass}
-Singer’s Musical Theatre Anthology
-Vocal Technique (Davids & LaTour)
-The Estelle Liebling Vocal Course
Piano – ​
Kids (4-12):
-Piano Adventures Series- Lesson, Theory, Technique

Teens/Adults (13+):
-Accelerated Piano Adventures – Lesson
-A Dozen a Day
-Leichte Klavierstücke, Erster Band
-Bartok: Mikrokosmos
-Hanon: The Virtuoso Pianist

Ukulele –
-Ukulele in the classroom
-the Jumpin’ Jim books

Guitar –
Kids (6-12):
-FJH Young Beginner Guitar Method
(Lesson, Exploring Chords, Theory)

Teens/Adults (13+):
-Everybody’s Guitar Method (FJH)
-JustinGuitar Beginner’s Songbook