Madeline (she/her) studied music at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois. She participated in numerous choirs including the professional choir Nova Singers. Madeline is singer/songwriter, performing under the name Begonia. Madeline is passionate about teaching kids to incorporate self-love and compassion into their music. She has an open communication style and caters to each individual student’s needs.
What age were you when you first started taking music lessons?
Tell us about an early music lessons experience that helped shape you as a musician or teacher?
When I was in high school I was in voice lessons and my teacher told me that when she was young and taking lessons she viewed them almost as therapy. This was the first time I had considered this comparison, but it is true. Teaching with this in mind helps me put emotional intelligence and vulnerability at the forefront of my teaching style.
What are your favorite bands or musicians?
Carole King, Paul Simon, Hop Along, Waxahatchee
Do you have a highlight of your music career so far that you would like to share?
I love to be challenged, so getting to sing in a professional choir, Nova Singers, was a blast. We were required to have all of the notes and rhythms down before our first rehearsal, which allowed us to dive straight into the polishing process.
Describe your ideal student.
My ideal student is somewhere in the age range of 16 to adult and has some music background already. Students who are dedicated and eager to learn work well with me, because I am able to make subtle changes that will advance them. I like to work with students who are easy to talk to as well— emotional connection is essential for a student/teacher dynamic in voice. Preferably I teach students with alto or soprano voices.
Describe what your students should expect in their first few music lessons.
We will likely work on some vocal warm ups you may not have done before. Our first few lessons will be a lot of getting to know each other on a personal level as well as getting to know the student-teacher dynamic. I will spend some time searching for the trouble areas in your voice (do you have a hard time getting low belly breaths, does your tongue get in the way of your voice, etc), and working with you to find the best warm ups and songs to work through these things.
Why did you want to become a music teacher?
I believe music education is essential for personal development and growth. Music changes lives and I love being able to help people on their own personal journeys with music.