Madison Hoge is an outstanding voice/piano instructor here at OSMD! Keep reading if you would like to learn more about her!
Who are you and what is your role at the Omaha School of Music and Dance? How long have you been teaching at OSMD?
My name is Madison Hoge. I teach voice, beginner piano, assist in the group piano classes, children’s choir, and musical theater. I’ve been teaching at OSMD for 3 months.
What do you like about teaching at OSMD?
I really love seeing students improve, particularly the “break-through” moments. A student works very hard, perhaps for weeks, and to finally have that special experience helps reinforce their hard work and rewards their commitment.
How long have you been performing, Madison? Where did you study your craft?
I’ve been performing on the stage since I was 8 years old. I’ve played piano for 11 years, and danced off-and-on since I was 5 years old. I attended a liberal arts high school, and got my Bachelor’s degree in Music and Musical Theater at the University of Nebraska, Kearney. UNK is the only public school in the state that offers a degree in Musical Theater, and my mentor and teacher Dr. Sharon Campbell gave me such a wonderful experience.
What drew you to music and dance? What do you find fulfilling about them?
Disney movies were a big influence as a child, particularly the music in Lion King’s opening credits. At school, I auditioned for the musicals twice without getting a role. The third time around, I came to the realization that I should prepare and practice for the audition and I finally got it! It was a valuable lesson in not giving up.
How have these arts benefited your life? What skills are you applying in your daily life?
Musical Theater, and performance in general, helped me become confident in myself. Through performing, I’ve gained the skills needed to go into any circumstance and be able to talk to people, to be empathetic—especially when working on character development in theater. That special “the show must go on!” attitude helps me power through crisis situations, which I think performers get particularly good at.
What kinds of challenges do you face as a working dancer/musician? And how do you rise to meet them?
I’m not as happy when I’m not performing, so it’s a challenge to find work that is still rewarding. That’s why I enjoy teaching at OSMD so much. All artists must find ways to express themselves, and the challenge is to do it through the artist’s chosen medium.
What are the top three pieces of advice Madison would give to encourage a student’s progress?
First, don’t ever give up! Whenever you feel like you’re about to give up, that’s always when success is right around the corner. Second, don’t freak yourself out about practicing. Try to keep frustration to a minimum by finding ways to keep your practice enjoyable. Finally, keep finding ways to challenge yourself. Don’t just rely on your teacher to challenge you—you’ll improve so much faster if you come to your teacher having tried different strategies.
What about Musical Theater would you like to tell a prospective student interested in taking the class at OSMD?
Musical Theater is a great intro class, where you learn a little bit of everything. We cover so many different styles of Musical Theater a student is sure to find at least one aspect that really speaks to them. There are four parts to the class: the first is the Golden Age of the Musical Theater, which hits on the classics Oklahoma and My Fair Lady and covers basics of classical ballet movement. The second section is on the Jazz style, like Chicago and choreography styles from Bob Fosse. The third covers the “belting” singing technique, which includes song and tap dances from Newsies. Finally, the students get to decide if they want to study styles from the Disco era, like Grease or Hairspray, or they can choose the do something from Hamilton with the hiphop dancing that’s found in modern musicals.
Now the fun stuff!
What are you favorite things to do in your free time?
I love to read, particularly fiction. I watch musicals on Youtube and craft, like cross-stitch. Right now I’m also learning sign language. I think it goes really well with being a performer, because it’s like hand-choreography.
When you were “little” what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a nun, a gemologist, and performer, of course.
If you could have picked a different instrument/type of dance, other kind of art, which would you choose?
I would looove to learn the cello or double bass. I plan to take lessons in the future, even if I’m, like, 79.
What is your favorite movie? Favorite book?
Other than the Harry Potter series, I love the book “A Voice in the Wind.” The eighth Harry Potter movie and Pride and Prejudice with Keira Knightly are tied for my favorite movie.
Who are you favorite musicians/bands, or dancers, artists?
At the moment, I’m really obsessed with the musical the Hunchback of Notre Dame with the Papermill Playhouse. It’s a New Jersey company that self-produces their musicals.
If you would like to take lessons with Madison, or one of our other great instructors, please check out our website today! www.omahaschoolofmusicanddance.com