Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. I teach voice lessons with my own syllabus and style, an emphasis on the student's vocal choices, challenges and talents.
I teach piano for beginners through late intermediate.
I have master classes for all students to join together and meet one another, play for one another and to enjoy games, refreshments and learning about other musical emphasis that there is no time for in a usual 30 minute lesson.
I have recitals in the fall or spring as well as perform at the Granite bay Nativity exhibit yearly.
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. Make sure they offer a free introductory lesson to see if you are a good fit. Many excellent teachers are not the best fit for every teacher. You have to feel comfortable and trust your instructor or you will not progress as you wish.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. You will obtain whatever level it is that you deeply desire. It is all in what you choose. An instructor can only do so much, and then your own committment and effort is what truly divides the great from the not-so-much.
Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?
A. Ask why they are doing what they are doing. If an instructor does it only for the money, they will be missing the passion that comes with teaching.
Ask what their expectations are.
Ask if they offer options for referrals, depth and discounts.
Ask if there is a contract involved.
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. I have a long history of successful training. I have several programs that I have created to motivate in different ways for different types of learners. I have the skills to teach students how to write their own music, perform successfully, or simply enjoy music for their own experience.
I have Master Classes quarterly that enhance and expand a students involvement, performance experiences and creates a unified school of music as students share their talents with their peers.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. I love watching a student 'get it'. That moment when after long (or short!) lessons on a subject, they light up and actually understand the principle and are able to repeat it consistently. I love getting to know them and working with them with a little bit of my life-coaching practice tossed in to accentuate the learning.
Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?
A. I adore that 'light bulb' moment when a student realizes their potential and changed from enjoyment to passion.