Becky is an experienced and respected performer and music educator. She has two degrees in voice performance, a bachelor of music from DePaul University in Chicago, and a master's in voice performance from Rice University in Houston. In addition to her extensive training, she has been teaching piano lessons since the age of 13, and has been teaching private voice lessons for 7 years. In addition to teaching privately, Becky has extensive classroom teaching experience, directing several chilrdren's choirs, teaching general music classes, and directing children's musical theater. While she has been trained in classical music, Becky also sings musical theater and loves teaching this repertoire. She has extensive experience with both children and adult students of varying levels, and is comfortable teaching a wide range of vocal styles.
Above all, I want my students to enjoy their lessons and feel confident in their progress. I create a positive, supportive environment while encouraging structured practice in order to acheieve the desired results.
In voice lessons, we will begin with technical warm-ups to help you understand your voice and how to use it most efficiently to create a beautiful sound that is uniquely yours. Usually about half of my lessons are geared towards technique and various vocal exercises, while the second half focuses on the repertoire you are currently working on. Since every voice is unique, there is a lot of dialogue back in forth in my lessons. I ask my students frequently to describe what they feel, as it helps them to find those sensations again, after they articulate them aloud.
In piano lessons, we also begin with warm-ups before moving into repertoire. Especially with my young students, I incorporate learning games into my teaching in order to make learning new concepts fun and enjoyable and keep them engaged. One of my strengths is discovering what kids love about being involved in music, and using that to inspire them to practice and improve their playing.