Pamela L. Westphal
- 12 years of public education and studio teaching in music
- Wisconsin certified professional educator
- Somatic Voicework certified in Contemporary Commercial Music
- Holistic and individualized approach to teaching
- Continued graduate work in vocal pedagogy
Pam's first love and focus in her career has always been on teaching and inspiring students. Coupled with her musical and pedagogical expertise, her belief in the ability of all students to learn to sing and develop a musical skill, has served as the foundation for Pam’s success as a teacher, mentor and leader in developing the voices of many young musicians. Her unique approach to teaching focuses not only on developing each individual voice, but fostering the growth of a well-rounded musician. Pam uses a variety of strategies in her teaching from scientific voice analyzing programs such as Voce Vista, the Somatic Voicework ™ pedagogical approach, movement and musical analysis to meet the needs of each individual learner. Her belief in a holistic and functional approach to teaching serves as the foundation to develop the student’s potential by guiding the musician through a process of technical, intellectual, artistic, musical and personal development. She believes in not only developing the student’s technique, but the ability to be a life-long musician by incorporating music appreciation, music theory, ear training and basic piano concepts in the process of learning to sing. In considering the all aspects of the student- voice, mind, body, feeling, intellect, learning style, vocal history and goals - she is able to partner with students of varying abilities, backgrounds and styles, resulting in optimal success. Pam assesses the goals of each individual student, be it a career in music, a lead in the high school musical, or just learning to sing better for personal satisfaction, and provides a purposeful plan for developing the potential in each student to best achieve these goals.
Pamela grew up in the beautiful Upper Peninsula of Michigan where music and performing were a part of her life from the age of three. Her musical journey began on stage through dance lessons, closely followed by her start playing piano. Though she began singing at a much younger age, Pam began formal voice training with private voice lessons in high school. It was the development her singing voice that inspired Pam to spend her life helping others discover the joy of music. This passion for the arts, along with exceptional work ethic, fueled her growth and led her to pursue a career in music.
A 2002 graduate of Escanaba High School, Pam followed her passion to Central Michigan University where she was a voice major, earning a degree in Music Education with a choral emphasis. She was involved in opera, music theatre, the elite Chamber Ensemble and became a founding member of the university’s premier women’s a cappella ensemble while at CMU. She has also pursued studies in choral music and vocal pedagogy at the graduate level, participating in summer institutes at Lawrence University, Silver Lake College, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Westminster Choir College and Shenandoah University. She was also a selected to be part of pilot group for the University of Wisconsin’s Graduate Music Education Institute with a mission to further develop studies in assessment in music education.
Pam’s professional career includes seven years in the public schools teaching various choirs and 50+ voice lessons per week as well as Intro to Music Theory and AP Music Theory. She has also served as vocal coach and music director for 10+ musical productions. Her students have had great success in festival competitions in both classical and musical theatre categories. Many of her students have gone on to earn degrees in music and become music teachers and performers. Her performing and conducting experience has included venues such as Carnegie Hall, Shanghai Oriental Arts Center, St. John the Divine in New York City and the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center. She has appeared on stage in a number of community theatre productions, including her most recent role as Reno Sweeney in “Anything Goes,” as well as singing in a variety of choral ensembles. Since moving to the Lehigh Valley, Pam has been seen on stage at Civic Theatre, singing with the Lehigh University Choral Arts and teaching at Movement Theatre and Community Music School of Allentown. She also serves as the vocal director for Nazareth High School's theatre program.
In addition, Pam is an active member of the Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association and a board member for the Lehigh Valley Chapter of NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing). Pam is also certified in Somatic Voicework ™ through Shenandoah University's Contemporary Commerical Music Vocal Pedagogy Institute with Jeanie LoVetri which focuses on vocal technique in all contemporary vocal styles from pop to musical theatre.
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