Professional, Practical, Personal
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Vocal and Piano Teacher A proven leader in teaching and motivational development with years of experience and expertise; a self-directed, creative individual who possesses superior skills in interpersonal development and great interpersonal care helping individuals and groups.
Key Areas of Strength Studied piano 17 years; taught for 20 Studied voice nationally with internationally-renowned teachers; taught for 25 years Private business owner/entrepreneur with successful retail sales of private label products
Comprehensive skills in writing, singing, entertaining, analyzing music for over thirty years Sixteen years of retail marketing and on-site sales experience Proven expertise in marketing, advertising, and sales Published Writer and Music Writer
Private Voice, Piano and Acting 1/89 to present
Teaching and Coaching - Individual and small group instruction in vocal and/or piano technique, including piano-chording technique - instruction for all musical styles, including all ages.
Acting - coaching for monologue preparation, scene and character development. All instruction is personalized/customized to the student's needs. Includes audition preparation, vocal techniques for therapeutic needs, and all overall instruction in wellness practices for artistic longevity. Also includes warm-up exercises instruction in wellness practices for artistic longevity. Includes warm-up exercises as well as performance development, demeanor, and execution. Emphasis on creating and strengthening positive habits as opposed to negative discipline. Personal, professional, practical.
Huckleberry Creative Learning Center 9/07 to 5/11
Teacher: Classes in Singing, Music and Art Education, Cooking, Geology, Theater, History, Reading/Grammar, and Crafts – created Custom curriculums for specific classes - rarely provided a text– taught to California Standards Vibe Performing Arts Studios 8/08 to 8/11 Private and Class Instruction in Piano, Voice, as well as Special Needs Classes Risen Son Productions/Riso Enterprises, Inc. 1/89 to 2007 Co-Owner: Production, Marketing, Manufacturing and Sales of Internationally marketed goods
Composer and artist of finished musical products Booking of Concert AppearancesTeacher and Motivational Seminar Speaker Speech Writer My husband Rick and I toured the World with our Praise and Worship concerts and speaking engagements Headline Performer/Background Vocalist /Booking Agent 9/79 to 12/88 Vocalist to Presidents – Carter, Reagan, and Bush “Annie" on Broadway, N. Y. – Grace Farrell – singer/ dancer/ lead performerVarious Summer Stock performances touring the eastern seaboard – “The Music Man”, “My Fair Lady”, “On a Clear Day”, “Fiddler on the Roof”, “Funny Girl”, “Hello Dolly” Participated in a command performance for King Olaf of Norway in “Godspell” “Cabaret” – Sally Bowles – lead performer – Atlanta, GA Booking Agent for Mike Hein Agency, formerly of Ray Bloch Agency Worked world-wide as soloist and background vocalist for internationally renowned artists (i.e. Placido Domingo, Julio Iglesias, Charles Aznevour, etc) Performed at international sites (i.e. Radio City Music Hall, Rockefeller Center, Carnegie Hall, Paris Opera, etc) Performed solo show: Grande Palais in Monte Carlo – Main Stage; South China Seas between Japan, Korea, and China; South Pacific between Australia, Tahiti, and Hawaii Royal Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line – Head Liner – Cathy Baker Show Theater Direction: “Robin Hood Revisited” (a short play I adapted for Elementary Students) “The Bard is Back” (modern version of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”) “Cindy” (A Musical I wrote based on the “Cinderella” (legend, featuring “Beatles” Music) Education:
National University Masters of Science in Special Education Georgia State University BA in Advertising and Public Relations, minors in music, history, and geology
Utah State University BS in Communicative DisordersVocal Instruction: Joseph Amayo University of Georgia Florence Kopplef Georgia State University Andrew Terry Atlanta, Georgia Additional Skills/Interests:
Show dance including jazz, some ballet, tap, and modern; pianist, sky diving, bike riding, gardening and multiple philanthropic/church involvement and activities.