Monday, January 30, 2012

Working in the "Real World" While Teaching

Now that I am teaching, I often think of that old saying by H.L. Mencken, "Those who can - do. Those who can't - teach." And in the pit of my gut I resent this quote...at least for myself. I want to continue to perform even though I have started to teach. I refuse to retire from the stage just yet and when I do it will be when I decide to do so and not determined by public opinion. (I still have my sights on playing one of the leads in Arsenic and Old Lace, so ya, I won't be hanging up my 'toe shoes' just yet.)

I feel it is important for me as a vocal teacher to stay current and know what it is like to be a working actor. The environment of performing on stage or in a recording studio is much more charged and heightened than when one is singing in a relaxed environment of their own living room, shower, or studio of their vocal coach. Nerves, adrenaline, heavy costumes, outdoor theaters, indoor theaters....the list goes on as to the situations and stresses the body, mind and voice must go through during a performance.

I want to be an example to my students. I want to inspire them. On a business side, being in shows can be good for the business and give a teacher exposure. Many seeing the show might like the performance and want to take lessons. I also love to perform and as I get older I realize more and more how precious that time on stage is to me. It will always be one of the great loves of my life.

One of the downsides to being in a show is scheduling lessons. Most young students take lessons after school and that is a tough time for a mother let alone if I am in a show. Things may get a bit complicated but I will do the best I can to accommodate my schedule and theirs. I believe in keeping my toes wet as a performer. I want to be the teacher who "can" for as long as I am able.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Introducing: Sounds Great Studio

Sounds Great Studio is up and ready for business! This picture is the back ground to to my new business cards.

Roger and I also worked hard over the past couple weeks on the website. Please check it out and sign up for lessons if you feel inclined. Or refer a friend. I am so happy and truly excited about getting this all started.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

First Day of Teaching

This evening I had the privilege of coaching my first vocal student! It was amazing! Afterward, I had visions of grandeur as I imagined being this young girl's vocal mentor for the rest of her life. Someone she could look up to and admire and as she went through life she would always look back with fondness. I was the one who taught her the basics and as she graciously steps onto the stage to accept her Tony Award I am the first person she thanks! haha I am not sure if it will go that far BUT it WAS the first step towards my goal of becoming a true, blue vocal coach.

I was so anxious before her arrival. I wanted everything to be perfect. I had a plan! When she arrived I was poised and ready to show her my brilliance and I noticed it was a bit hot in the studio. I walked over and turned on the ceiling fans and WHOOSH! All the music on the piano came crashing down. We giggled as we picked it up and I was humbled. I turned down the fan and instead of trying to impress, I relaxed and just had fun!

Time flew by and the next thing I knew her lesson was over...yeah, I think I am going to like this job...

I am in the process of setting up my small business and it has been a blast! Roger and I have been working side by side to figure everything out and I have enjoyed spending time with him in this capacity. My next post will go into more detail about all that, but in the meantime...I taught my first lesson!! YAY!