Singing Lessons for all ages...children, high school students, college students and adults In order to sing with beauty and ease, one must understand the mental, emotional and physical effects on the voice. Learning vocal technique is a process of asking questions and making discoveries. I have taught voice lessons for 25 years in colleges and universities, as well as, privately to children, high school students and adults. I enjoy helping people of all ages and abilities to discover the joy and freedom in their singing. I have a B.M., B.M.E. and M.M. in vocal music and vocal pedagogy. My own singing career has taken me to some major stages ... View Profile
Singing with clarity and control is necessary for a good sound. This group singing class will cover vocal exercises for singers such as how to bring your voice forward into the face to improve your overall sound. This will be accomplished by looking at vocal anatomy and learning some voice exercises and warmups that can be practiced daily. These vocal training tips will help you use your voice to its fullest potential!
In 2011, Ms. McMurtery performed the role of Papagena in a concert version of Mozart's Die Zauberflöte with New York Lyric Opera. In 2010, she performed in St. John's, Newfoundland as a participant in the Opera on the Avalon summer training program. Other operatic roles performed include Susanna (Le nozze di Fiagro, Mozart), Sister Dolcina (Suor Angelica, Puccini), Poppea (L'incoronazione di Poppea, Monteverdi), Héro (Béatrice et Bénédict, Berlioz), Mercedes (Carmen, Bizet), and Ännchen (Der Freischütz, C.M. von Weber). Also a frequent recitalist, she performed as the soprano soloist for the Hugo Wolf/Goethe Project in New York, NY for the (re:) Directions Theater Company in 2010. Other studies abroad include the Florence Voice Seminar, in Florence, Italy (2007 and 2005), and at the Carl Maria von Weber Hochschule für Musik in Dresden, Germany (2002). Ms. McMurtery holds a Master of Music degree in Voice Performance and Pedagogy from Westminster Choir College of Rider University (2006) and a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance and German from DePauw University of Greencastle, Indiana (2004).

Alison Huntley is currently a Graduate Assistant at WIU pursuing a Master's Degree in Choral Conducting. Previously, Alison graduated from WIU in 2015 with a Bachelor's Degree in Choral Music Education and Vocal Performance, and then spent a year teaching K-12 General Music and Choir. Miss Huntley is active with the University Singers, Madrigal Singers, and Opera Theatre.
Being a passionate musician and singer, my desire is to impact men and women, young and old, regardless of their background, culture, race, gender or color with this God given musical gift. Anybody can learn music. My ultimate goal is to Enhance Quality Music, Psalm 33:3. I've been in the music industry professionally for over 20 years now. I've played and taught music across Africa, Europe and now America. I bring to my students diversity; jazz, classical, pop, Gospel, Contemporary, Traditional Hymns, Country etc. I teach how to read music and also play by ear. You can find some of my work on Facebook, www.facebook.com/solacemusicschool and ... View Profile
At the lesson studio, we are the nations largest lesson provider. We do over 1 million lessons per year nation wide. Every instructor is background checked and certified by degree or the community (meaning that they have taught for years and have proven passionate/effective teachers). Each lesson is custom tailored to meet the needs of each unique player. We have musicians of all ages taking lessons at Music & Arts. Beginning about seven years old and up.  ... View Profile
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