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Cara M. - Voice Teacher
$55per hour

Experienced Voice Tutor

Cara's lessons:

Voice

Voice Lessons

I am an award winning vocalist and performer with a Bachelor's in Music. I am a former Hurrah Player, Governor's School for the Arts student, and VA Opera artist. As well as being a live professional opera, musical theater, religious/spiritual, jazz artist; I am also a pop/rock recording artist and local stage and film actress. I have been taught and trained by some of the very best artists and teachers in Virginia, Texas, and New York. I have extensive knowledge in vocal pedagogy that has allowed me to be very versed in numerous styles of singing and crossover to several genres.

http://www.caraisadoramckinney.com

I fell in love with teaching when I started college years ago and my students have achieved much success in the art world. I adore my students and I treat their voices with extreme care and provide a very positive and relaxed atmosphere to allow growth but get work done. I am dedicated to nurturing voices and serving art. My students are encouraged to audition for productions, perform in pageants and recitals, participate in master classes with elite artists and competitions, record, and explore many other opportunities that benefit their community.

I strive to provide effective tools for children and adults of all ages that reinforce vocal training, confidence, precision, and vocal hygiene. The last decade of experience gives me a solid foundation to ascertain the temperament and learning style of students and create a specialized and integrative lesson plan for them to utilize in order to enhance their gifts. My personal style is an authoritative one, not authoritarian or passive, wherein I connect with my students with positive reinforcement.

Levels
Beg
Int
Adv
Specialties
Blues
Broadway
Classical
Country
Folk
Gopsel
Jazz
Opera
R & B
Rock
Ages
6 to 70

Overview

Hi there! My name is Cara. I am an award winning vocalist and experienced performer who loves to teach singing. My goal is to demystify vocal technique for students and help them “find their voice" pretty quickly with patience and care in a safe and friendly environment. In a relaxed, positive, and supportive atmosphere; students will improve their breath control and support, projection, phrase length, range, intonation, quality, comfort, stage performance and presentation skills, as well as other technical and stylistic aspects. I am currently available to teach lessons at my studio and online.

My credentials and affiliations include a Bachelor's in Vocal Music from Lamar University, Hurrah Players, Governor's School for the Arts, Opera Breve, and VA Opera. I specialize in opera and musical theater. I also record and perform pop, rock, R&B, and jazz. Trained by some of the best artists and teachers in Virginia and Texas, I have gained extensive knowledge in vocal pedagogy that has allowed me to become versed in numerous styles and crossover genres. Contact me and we can discuss in more detail want you are looking for in a voice teacher, your vocal goals and experiences, as well as availability and location details. Do not miss the opportunity to work with someone who is really dedicated to nurturing voices and serving art in a down to earth way and will get you where you want to go fast.

About me

I am an award winning vocalist and performer with a Bachelor's in Music. I am a former Hurrah Player, Governor's School for the Arts student, and VA Opera artist. As well as being a live professional opera, musical theater, religious/spiritual, jazz artist, I am also a pop/rock recording artist and local stage and film actress. I have been taught and trained by some of the very best artists and teachers in Virginia and Texas. I have extensive knowledge in vocal pedagogy that has allowed me to be very versed in numerous styles of singing and crossover to several genres.

My experience

I fell in love with teaching when I started college years ago and my students have achieved much success in the art world. I adore my students and I treat their voices with extreme care and provide a very positive and relaxed atmosphere to allow growth but get work done. I am dedicated to nurturing voices and serving art. My students are encouraged to audition for productions, perform in pageants and recitals, participate in master classes with elite artists and competitions, record, and explore many other opportunities that benefit their community.

My teaching style

I strive to provide effective tools for children and adults of all ages that reinforce vocal training, confidence, precision, and vocal hygiene. The last decade of experience gives me a solid foundation to ascertain the temperament and learning style of students and create a specialized and integrative lesson plan for them to utilize in order to enhance their gifts. My personal style is an authoritative one, not authoritarian or passive, wherein I connect with my students with positive reinforcement.

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Education

Vocal Performance

Aug 2010 - Aug 2013Lamar University

Vocal Peformance

Jan 2004 - Dec 2008Old Dominion University

Vocal Performance

Sep 1996 - Jun 2000Governor's School for the Arts

Vocal Performance

Jun 1999 - Aug 1999Shenandoah Conservatory

Vocal Performance

Jun 1998 - Aug 1998Shenandoah Conservatory

Awards

First Place Vocal Adult

April 2013NATS Houston Chapter

First Place Vocal Adult

April 2012NATS Houston Chapter

First Place Vocal Adult Division

November 2005ODU Concerto Competition

First Place Winner

November 2011Brillance Competition of Beaumont TX

Languages Spoken

  • EnglishFluent/Native Proficiency
  • ItalianLimited Proficiency
  • FrenchLimited Proficiency
  • GermanLimited Proficiency

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Norfolk, VA
Near Historic Ghent in Norfolk
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