My Teaching Journey
The places I have taught and the people I have worked with – students, faculty, administrators – have influenced me greatly. How I teach now is a result of 20+ years of experience in the service of performance education. For the last 14 years, I have taught at Nova Southeastern University where just last year I was honored as the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Distinguished Professor of the Year. I left New York to take a visiting position at Clarion State University and the move to Western Pennsylvania led me to the Conservatory of Performing Arts at Point Park University; there I taught 30 voice lessons a week and began working toward my Estill Voice Training certification. The first significant teaching experience I had was at Barry University in Miami.
Above: Presenting “MTV Meets Schubert” at CMS in Helskinki.
Below: Proud director with my cast of Little Shop of Horrors at NSU in Fort Lauderdale
In the studio, my students learn to take charge of their own vocal development; I use a traditional bel canto teaching approach along with the physiological detail of Estill to help them discover their voices, analyze and apply techniques in order to grow as artists.
Photo: Presenting “Healthy Belting” at IUGTE in Austria
SOUTHEASTERN THEATRE CONFERENCE
Acting and Singing with Archetypes: Singer-Actor Training. Examine vocal and physical performance choices in singing through imaginative journeys guided by archetypes. All levels are encouraged to bring 16 bars to explore this training method.
ACTING AND SINGING WITH ARCHETYPES
My interest in acting training for singers led me to certification in the performance pedagogy, Acting and Singing with Archetypes. The very efficient and effective method, codified in Janet Rodgers and Frankie Armstrong’s book with the same name, uses a series of archetypal (mother, devil, trickster, leader) journeys designed to expand performance choices.
Photo: Archetype Journeys at Belmont University in Nashville
MTV MEETS SCHUBERT
MTV Meets Schubert is a performance study and pedagogical research. Music videos are created to be performed during an Art Song recital. While experiencing great live music, audiences are freed from reading a translation in the printed program and presented with the story in the song on the screen. Acting tools are discovered while making the movie and audience empathy is developed during the performance.
Photo: Faculty recital at NSU (Jihong Park, pianist)