I am originally from Centennial, Colorado. I started playing the violin in 4th grade to the time I graduated from Arapahoe High School (8yrs). I developed an interest in singing in middle school, and started voice lessons when I was 16. I have been singing ever since.
I am happily married to my husband, Kevin, who is studying to be an optometrist. I graduated from Brigham Young University-Idaho in April 2009, with a Bachelor degree in Music Science. I emphasized in vocal instruction.
I am a member of NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) Which allows me to stay up to date with findings on the voice and continue my own education though professional singers, teachers, and scientists in the nation.
I have been teaching here in Colorado for almost 5 years all together. 3 years in the Highlands Ranch area! I love my students! It is a true joy to watch students better understand their voices and their potential as they learn how to sing and play the violin!
Enjoyment, Fulfillment, Confidence, Expression, Individual Worth, Musical Literature, etc.
I know how difficult it can be to find a reliable teacher that focuses on Music Theory. Teachers need to be able to motivate and guide students towards success. As an experienced and passionate Vocal Teacher, I believe in an approach that gives students positive, constructive ways to learn. I design my lessons according to my students’ needs, with an emphasis on confidence-boosting activities.
AUDITION/ PERFORMANCE PREP
I aim to teach my students how be look and feel more confident going into an audition or performance. I offer masterclasses where students can practice performing for each other, and two recitals a year where they can celebrate the growth made throughout the year. I strategize my lessons to help each student feel at ease and confident with their own voice at their own pace!
Throughout my time teaching students, I have found that many people do not know how to focus their practice so they can achieve their goals. I don't only teach my students how to play the violin or sing, but I teach them practicing techniques so they can be successful at home. I encourage my students to practice and enjoy watching them light up when they discover the improvement they are making on their own. I also take the time to make sure they understand objectives at the end of each lesson.
In each lesson, I aim to make sure each student understands the fundamentals of their instrument. Whether that is singing or playing the violin. Singers need to understand how their voice works to be able to sing well and in a healthy way, long term. I teach kinesthetically, so the singer can understand how it feels to approach a high note, freely. Or what it feels like when they are producing a strong, healthy tone. For a beginning Violinist, I make sure to encourage violin fundamentals in holding the bow and good posture as well as other bowing techniques so they can confidently master difficult material in the future.
In the short period of time my daughter has been working with Ellen, we have immediately seen some great improvements in her voice and poise on stage. Ellen voice coaching is not only exceptional, but also focuses on other goals and objectives for her students.