Teaching Experience

Teaching Philosophy

Teaching Experience

Currenti's diverse educational, professional, and performance background allow her to thrive as an educator. As a recent graduate of the Eastman School Music (Bachelor of Music), University of Rochester (Bachelor of Science) and University of Maryland Opera Studio (Master of Music), Currenti has honed her craft not only as a dedicated stage performer, but also as a pedagogue. 

 

She has had the privilege of teaching students ages 6-80 in a variety of vocal styles, including: classical, golden-age musical theater, contemporary voice, and jazz. Her teaching experience ranges from one-on-one sessions, to online lessons, to master class settings, to group lessons, and traditional classroom settings.

 

Currenti was a secondary voice instructor at the University of Maryland, instructing students striving to improve their vocal technique, public speaking skills, performance abilities, and general confidence in front of crowds. Many of her students have continued as musical theater and classical voice finalists in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF), and currently thrive as active performers in the D.C. area and beyond. 

 

Additionally, she has worked extensively with professional and volunteer organizations as an instructor and performer, including: the National Children's Chorus (Washington, D.C.), Opera Neo (San Diego,CA), ChorSymphonica (Rockville, MD), Denville Music Academy (Denville, NJ), Christ the King Church (Alexandria, VA), Saint Francis of Assisi Parish (Hoboken, NJ), and Saint Catherine of Siena Parish (Mountain Lakes, NJ).  

Teaching Philosophy

My goal as an educator is to equip students with reliable, unique ways to troubleshoot their vocal difficulties by integrating their voice with their body.

 

Raising bodily awareness allows students to identify issues such as physical tension in different parts of the body, helps them avoid vocal health issues such as under or over- supported singing, and helps develop healthy habits that support good vocal and physical health both inside and out of the practice room. With a strong background in yoga, sports, stage movement/dance and Alexander Technique, I work with students to find individualized solutions that fit their body and goals.

 

My goal as an educator is to empower students to continue growing vocally and physically outside of lessons, and ultimately utilize the skills they learn through music to succeed as professionals.

 

As an undergraduate, I successfully obtained a Bachelor of Music in Applied Voice Performance (Eastman School of Music) and Bachelor of Science in Brain & Cognitive Science (University of Rochester) from two separate institutions simultaneously.

 

My love of understanding the human mind and body translated beautifully into becoming an informed vocal instructor. Besides my strong grasp of human anatomy and physiology, I gained experience in understanding how humans develop over time, learn, and acquire language skills. This background has helped me better understand student’s needs, and allows me to set them up for vocal success by meeting them where they are.

©2019 by Michele Navarro Currenti. 

"Currenti's voice [is] chillingly operatic... poignant and powerful" -  Rochester City Newspaper