Vocal & Music Instructor
I am a professional singer and entertainer. As well, I teach both singing and music lessons to all ages. I have performed throughout Canada and internationally in places such as Nashville, Las Vegas and the the Persian Gulf. In 2002 I became a vocal major, earning a Diploma in Jazz at Vancouver Island University College in British Columbia, Canada. Since then I have worked in musical theatre and performed in bands with styles ranging from country to pop, from rock to r&b. I was a finalist in The David Foster Star search and won a singing contest that landed me a 3 month gig as the opening act in a Las Vegas production. Two years ago I performed with the likes of Nancy Wilson (Heart) and Steven Adler (Guns N' Roses). I also have shared the stage with members of Whitesnake, Alice Cooper, Black Sabbath, Dio, and more. I have just returned from Costa Rica, where for several months, I helped to build a music program for the children. Thanks to volunteers and generous sponsors, enough money was raised to purchase an electric guitar, bass, drums, amps and other gear to complete the project. As well as teaching hundreds of music classes, camps and clubs for kids using all instruments, I also teach singing lessons for all ages. The idea of Explore your Roar was born in Costa Rica and I'm excited to continue on with this creative class for adults.
For nearly ten years I have been teaching voice lessons to groups and solo singers. From my professional home recording studio I teach both independently and through other music companies. I also teach online singing lessons. I take what I learned in the jazz program and apply it to all styles of music; pop, rock, r & b, country, etc. Many of my clients have participated and won in singing competitions both locally and internationally or have gone on to record albums and tour. Not long ago one of my pop students was featured as a finalist on YTV’s television show, The Next Star SuperGroup.
Using vocal techniques, I work to strengthen and control the singing voice. I encourage the students to familiarize themselves with and play various music instruments (which I provide) to understand the dynamics of musical instruments. This allows for singers to develop an awareness of the basics of instruments in an easy way. From there we can better apply methods on how to use the voice as an instrument while maintaining a natural sound. Through creative expression I encourage students to confidently find and free their unique, signature voice. I thoroughly believe in my students and I strive to be fun, enthusiastic, encouraging and inspirational with my teaching methods. From my point of view, singing isn’t only about learning proper technique, practising scales and gigging. It’s also about developing passion, confidence and perseverance. I believe that if you can acquire all of these traits and have a positive sense of direction then you will be successful in ways that you may never have imagined. Working with the highest degree of professionalism, I enjoy the challenge of bringing out the very best in aspiring singers. All in all, I educate both the technical and the emotional aspects of music and singing.
Private and group lessons available.
Jazz Diploma Graduate - Associate in Music, Majored in Voice (Malaspina University College, Vancouver Island University, Nanaimo, BC - 2002)
- Ear training, Solfege and Conducting Skills
Basic aspects of musicianship: listening, performing, notation of the melodic, rhythmic and harmonic elements of music. Coursework included studies in solfege, clapping, conducting and vocalizing rhythms.
- Musical Theory, Jazz and Classical
A study of the theory of music including harmony, melody, counterpoint and analytical skills of chordal and formal structure, including development of writing skills.
- History of Music
A survey of musical literature and styles of western civilization from antiquity to 1600. A study of the emergence of jazz to the swing era of the 1930's, including careful analysis of styles and contributions of important musicians, with an ethnomusicological perspective emphasizing music as an aspect of broader cultural forces.
- Keyboard Musicianship
The study of harmony and styles of accompaniment through the use of music literature and figured bass.
- Jazz Theory, Aural Skills and Improvisation
An introduction to small group ensemble performances. Aspects of jazz performance practice were studied in detail, including rhythm and time, melody playing, group interaction, repertoire, roles of instruments, improvisation, and aural skills.
- Jazz Workshop and Repertoire
An opportunity to increase the experience students have with small group ensembles performances. Aspects of jazz performance practice were studied in greater detail, including rhythm and time, melody playing, group interaction, repertoire, roles of instruments, and improvisation.
The study and performance of choral works by the masters
- College Singers
The study of the choral repertoire with emphasis on all areas of music, not merely the standard of works.
- Vocal Jazz
An analysis and performance of various jazz styles for choir.
- Jazz Ensemble
Analysis and performance of styles for jazz stage band.
- Studio Performance and Recording
This course was an introduction to multi-track studio recording for music students. It was designed to gain an understanding of the nature of a commercial recording studio, the roles of the participants in a recording session, the basic operating procedure for the equipment, and how musicians interact with this environment.
Learning about computers and how they are used in music. Using software that aids in traditional musical pursuits: scoring, ear training, and burning CDs for private lesson accompaniment, compositional or other purposes.
- Private Vocal Instruction
Four years of one-on-one instruction from beginning to advanced levels. Learning vocal techniques to express music artistically and safely. Development of consistent vocal production, tone and projection. Learning and singing the diatonic modes (Ionian, Dorian Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Aeolian, and Locrian). Accurate identification and reproduction of music intervals and scales. Learning how to sing using a delivery that demonstrates rhythmic and melodic improvisation. Exercising performance techniques and microphone control. Applying these concepts to jazz tunes in various tempos and grooves, including ballads, medium swing, fast swing, and bossa nova. Ultimately, developing a high degree of singing knowledge that can be utilized in all genres of music.
School of Rock, Calgary 2707-17th Ave SW Calgary AB T3E 0A6 Vocal Coach, Rookies Instructor and Little Wing DIrector (vocals and beginner bass, guitar, drums and keyboard) - 2016-2018 and Present
School of Rock uses a performance-based approach that amps up the music students for serious fun and serious success.
Imagine Music Inc.
Suite 340, 600 Crowfoot Crescent NW
Vocal Instructor, all ages - May 2007 - 2016
Imagine Music Inc. is a music school that has provided Music Lessons in Calgary since 1994.
Private Recording Studio
Private Vocal Instructor (ALL AGES) - January 2006 - Present
- Providing individual and group vocal lessons
- Teaching students all styles of singing; pop, rock, r&b, hip hop, Broadway, country, gospel, jazz
- Helping students to develop and set goals, musically
- Assisting with song writing
- Creating customized vocal warm-ups and exercises for specific groups and/or individuals.
- Helping students prepare for exams, auditions, gigs and recording sessions -Aiding in the development of stage presence -Exploring various musical instruments -Developing a sense of rhythm - Exercises to help students understand the power of sound -Learning how to sing in a recording studio -Discussions about the dynamics of working in a band -Encouraging students of all ages to develop and express their creativity
- Meeting parents and other teachers to discuss the student’s progress
TEACHING METHODS FOR VOCALS
First and foremost, the singing lessons that I teach are fun and educational. I want my students to be confident. I believe that the courage they gain as a singer will spill over into other areas of their lives. Geared towards all genres and levels, I customize CDs of vocal warmups and exercises in the student’s vocal range. Using proper techniques, we work on the songs that they want to sing. In the process, here are some of the skills that they will learn;
- Controlled breathing
- Ear training
- Proper vowel placement
- Projecting the voice
- Singing from the diaphragm
- Strengthening and stretching the vocal range
- Bridging the vocal registers
- Developing and enhancing vocal tone
- Improving diction
- Singing with expression
- Improvising so that the vocalist makes a song their own
- Finding the singer’s signature voice
- Understanding microphone control
- Performing with confidence - Positive mind, voice and body connection
- Creating a lifetime of musical enjoyment
Excellent references available upon request