Selecting the right repertoire is a big part of a successful audition -- but be careful, as there are so many overdone musical theatre audition songs out there. Here, Molly R. shares six songs to avoid... and what to try instead!   With musical theatre auditions, often the toughest part isn't the audition itself, but instead making a decision on what to sing. I’m here to help narrow it down by telling you what NOT to sing in an audition -- the overdone musical theatre audition songs.
I spent five nights per week on stage for 25 years singing broadway music.  I have over 30 years of performance, production, direction, recording, and on stage experience, having performed in literally hundreds of shows.I studied acting and music at Santa Fe University of Art & Design, and have studied with Carol Burnett & Samuel L. Jackson.  I have more than 20 recordings out and own my own recording production studio, with multiple rock/pop/broadway/country albums released. I am also a licensed high school theatre and music teacher.   As for on stage, I teach focus and relaxation.  I am skilled at stage pesentati ... View Profile
Here are a couple of basic things a singer can do to start building a bigger voice: use correct breathing method, engage vocal resonances and master singing on clean stationary vowels.  There is a common misconception about how to breathe.  Some believe that a singer needs to expand their ribcage out horizontally while inhaling.  That is incorrect.  This will result in various issues such as limited vocal range, pitch problems, a wobbly shaky vibrato and more.
The final piece of the puzzle is flexible scheduling. It's our mission to make Guitar Center vocal lessons accessible to anyone, so even if your timetable is jam-packed, we encourage you to get in touch and find out how we can work around your busy lifestyle to tailor a lesson plan to your personal scheduling needs. It's the least we can do to make sure that music - and a newfound superstar singing voice - are well within the reach of everybody with the passion to realize his or her potential.
Being able to perform is a big part of sharing a special skill that students have developed. It takes practice and we want to reward and recognize our students. We have free twice a year recitals for all our students at such acclaimed venues like the McDavid Studio at Bass Hall and various other performance opportunities for our group class students at venues such as the Wood Shed Smoke House on the river, Central Market, & TV famous Chef Pointe for the students to jump into. 

the hopes he might change his mind, we went ahead with the lesson. Julia stayed professional, calm, and warm through the whole session, despite my son's lack of enthusiasm, and she tried everything to make him comfortable. She told him that the fear of singing in front of people is very normal, explained how lessons would work were he to continue, and gave a bunch of very helpful tips on singing AND piano in terms a 12 year old understands. Hopefully he will decide this is something he wants to do after all. Julia was obviously very knowledgeable, talented, and great with kids, and I hope we can continue lessons with her."

The instruction in the Michael Daves vocal school is well thought out with each lesson building on the previous one. Not only is it a vocal school but you get to brush up on guitar skills as well. His lessons, without wasted talk, put the student right to work. The extra videos and interviews with musicians are an appreciated added bonus. Michael clearly has a grasp of what is needed to be an educator.
I spent five nights per week on stage for 25 years singing broadway music.  I have over 30 years of performance, production, direction, recording, and on stage experience, having performed in literally hundreds of shows.I studied acting and music at Santa Fe University of Art & Design, and have studied with Carol Burnett & Samuel L. Jackson.  I have more than 20 recordings out and own my own recording production studio, with multiple rock/pop/broadway/country albums released. I am also a licensed high school theatre and music teacher.   As for on stage, I teach focus and relaxation.  I am skilled at stage pesentati ... View Profile
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