All people are empowered by learning to use their voice. This belief is at the heart of why and how I teach. I am passionate about my discipline because singing can be transcendent and allows us to connect with others in an extraordinary way. Therefore, I am driven to cultivate musicians who embrace their humanity through their emotional intelligence and artistic command. My approach to teaching voice revolves around the three components of evidence-based pedagogy: utilizing historic practices and voice science research, drawing from my experiences in performance, education, and research, as well as evaluating the individual needs of the student.
As a music educator in the humanities, it is vital that I exemplify the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of my professional life. This is important not only as a role model for others but also because of the tangible good that it does for my students, colleagues, and audiences. Having grown up with a limited world view, I owe my commitment to these values to experiences of international travel, as well as learning from wonderful colleagues who showed me that diversity of perspective is a strength of any artist and institution.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Harding University - Bachelor in Arts, Music
Graduate Degree: University of Missouri-Kansas City - Master of Arts, Music Performance
I love to read, travel, and snuggle with my two dogs and three cats. I really enjoy learning about history and the environment, and how I can play a part in protecting the earth.