Lessons

As a music teacher, I try to create a nurturing environment where students of all ages are empowered to learn and grow not just as musicians who intend to pursue a career in music, but as human beings who appreciate and recognize the infinite beauty of music.

For VOICE (ages 11+), I teach classical vocal technique to students of all ability levels, working with those in junior high up through adults on western art song, early music, and opera (for older students), in addition to 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 PIANO (ages 5+), I work with beginners through 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 read music, 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 UKULELE, including baritone, (ages 6+), I work with beginners, starting with those in elementary school up through adult. Students will learn chords, strumming and picking patterns, scales, how to interpret lyric and lead sheets, as well as how to read music and tablature. For those students with smaller hands who want to learn the guitar, baritone ukulele is a great alternative to start out with.

Teaching Schedule and Locations – 
Mon/Tue/Weds/Thurs, 2-6pm: Petaluma School of Music (707-775-3655)

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

Books used in my studio:

Voice –
(ADULTS)
-The Estelle Liebling Vocal Course
-The Art Song Anthology (ed Walters)
-Arias for … Opera Anthology (ed Larsen)
-Singer’s Musical Theatre Anthology

(TEENS 14-17)
-Pathways of Song (ed LaForge/Earhart)
-Great Songs from Musicals for Teens (ed Lerch)

(KIDS 11-13)
Kids’ Broadway Songbook (revised ed)
Piano – ​
-John Thompson’s Easiest Piano Course
-A Dozen a Day
-Leila Fletcher Piano Course
-Hanon: The Virtuoso Pianist
-Bartok: Mikrokosmos
-Piano Literature (Bastien)

Ukulele –
-Ukulele in the classroom
-Jumpin’ Jim’s Tips `n Tunes
-The Daily Ukulele
-From Lute to Uke