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).
When should kids start taking singing lessons? There's no single correct answer for this. However, it's more important that a child loves to sing and develops a passion for getting better at it than it is for him or her to get a private vocal coach. Kids have unique learning needs, so if you do decide to hire someone, the vocal coach should offer tailored vocal techniques and exercises, as not to put too much pressure on a child. The worst thing you can do is over-coach, and negate the child's passion.

Audrey Carballo has surpassed three decades as a Music Educator for the Miami- Dade County Public Schools system. She holds her Master's Degree in Music Education from Florida International University. She currently teaches at Bob Graham K-8 Education Center and was recently recognized for having the number 1 most read music education blog by the National Association for Music Education. She was recently chosen to be a 2018  Emerging Leader Mentor by the Florida Music Education Association. She will be using her skills and wisdom to mentor new teachers around the state of Florida.  In October 2015, she presented two sessions at the ... View Profile

There are five main things that can make a huge difference in the quality of music instruction your child receives, the amount of extra work and hassles the parents must deal with, and the overall enjoyment and satisfaction of being involved with a music program. Here are 5 things that every parent should consider before deciding on a music studio for their child. 1.  Are Music Studios Sound Insulated? Out attractive music studios are also sound insulated with observation window and doors to give students and parents a sense of “open doors” comfort and security.  It also gives parents an opportunity to observe how th ... View Profile
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