Professor of Music
Laura Storm views teaching as an investment.
The professor of music loves watching the transition her students make from high school to adulthood. “I love that about my job,” she said. “I view my role as not just training them to be good singers and good musicians, but training them to be human beings with critical thinking and problem solving skills that hopefully they can use in their lives.”
Storm teaches voice, diction and vocal pedagogy, which is the art and science of teaching. “I am here to prepare musicians for their careers, and I take a fairly broad view of that,” she said. “I have a very one-on-one relationship with my students and I’m very invested in helping them find their place in the world.”
Helping students achieve their aspirations often involves the use of unorthodox tools. Storm relies on “Stanley the Skeleton.”
“You need to understand anatomy a little bit and how your body works,” she said. “Stanley is useful for showing that the joint where your head balances on your spine is right behind the back of your throat. Understanding this helps students free up tension in their body so they can sing with greater ease and efficiency.”
Storm said she is “investing” in helping her students make the transition from high school student to being an adult. “I love that about my job,” she said. “I view my role as not just training them to be good singers and good musicians, but training them to be human beings with critical thinking and problem solving skills that hopefully they can use in their lives.
“I love my students here, and I love that I get to work with a wide variety of them,” Storm said. “I have some who have ambitions to perform at the highest levels, and others who want to be music teachers. But I don’t view one as better than the other.”
Degree and School:
Doctor of Music at Florida State University
The Alexander Technique
Finnish Art Song
American Art song literature
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