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Happy Easter!

Happy Easter everyone! I hope you all have had a wonderful Spring Break! Try to keep warm in this record cold weather, but don’t let it dampen your celebration of the holiday. See you next week!



Performances abound.

Although I have not posted many updates about preparations for recitals/concerts lately, that is not to say that things have not been going well. The Joyful Noise Chorus continues to impress me with how quickly they are learning fairly complicated music (a Gershwin medley and two show tunes). I know that the Spring Concert on 4 May will be a huge success, and people will be talking about the chorus all summer.

Likewise, my ladies in Show Choir at Master’s Academy are preparing a lovely medley from “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” Though there are no young men in the choir, it’s hardly a handicap. These ladies are going to rip it up next month at the end of the year showcase, and I know everyone in the audience will leave entertained and extremely impressed by the caliber of talent that we have.

Then there are my babies at the RIM. All of my students have worked super-hard this year, and I am so excited for them to share with everyone what they have accomplished. Our first ever Spring Recital is next month, date TBA (found out that the date that I requested at the venue is already taken). They have all made me so proud, and they should each feel a great sense of achievement for the work they have done. Kudos to all of you!

I also have a few things in the works for this summer. More on that later.

Happy New Year!

Well, I know I said I would post right after Christmas, but things got pretty hectic around here. I hope everyone had a restful and blessed holiday season. Now it’s time to get back into the daily grind.

I read last week that my former voice teacher (who is in her 80s) had been selected as Teacher of the Year by Classical Singer Magazine. That’s pretty awesome, and she is a great teacher, one of the best in the city. She taught me all that I teach my students now, and it feels great to see and hear the results with each one of them. I really look up to her and hope that I can become as good a teacher as she is.

My son got an Ipod Nano for Christmas. That’s music related, and that’s why I’m telling you. What music-related things did you get for Christmas, if anything? Do share.

Looking forward to seeing everyone again.

Fall concert.

The fall term is almost over for the homeschool chorus. Our Fall Concert is next Thursday, at 7pm, at Piedmont Baptist Church. We are singing two pieces, The Silver Swan by Orlando Gibbons, and Alleluia Canon by Mozart. The chorus sounds great. There are only nine in the group, and they have done a superb job in just two months! I’d like to extend an invitation to all of my students to come see them perform. The different orchestras will be performing also, as well as the worship band. It should be a lovely concert. Maybe I’ll see some of you there!

Moving, revisited.

To my RIM students again, RE: moving…

Um, so…yeah. I’m moving THIS weekend. Not at the end of the month. Unexpected, I know. Caught me off guard too. I’ve got hubby to thank for that; he was really eager to get moving.

For my students at the beginning of the week, I am going to TRY very hard not to reschedule you. I may, however, be completely trashed by the end of the weekend, so I just want to give you a heads-up (what IS that anyway? a heads-up??…) in case I do decide to cancel some lessons next week.

Have a splendid weekend. I’ll try to have one myself.


This is what ALL of my vocal students need–you know who you are:

  • a small notebook or journal, writing utensil

In your notebook, one page will be your Assignment List, which will have new exercises added to it probably every week. You will be expected to practice everything on the Assignment List weekly until it is evident that you are proficient enough to have exercises removed. Once an exercise is removed from the Assignment List you will not be required to practice it weekly; only as a spot-check whenever technical problems arise.

Another page in your notebook will be your Practice Log. You are required to record the amount of time you practice each week. Please follow this model:

  • Friday, 15 September. 30 mins.
  • Saturday, 16 September. 1 hr.
  • Monday, 18 September. 20 mins.

The minimum requirement is 45 minutes each week. Keep in mind that this is the MINIMUM requirement. I expect you to practice more than that! If you cannot find time to practice, I may need to start offering time-management consulting at premium rates.

These requirements are for your benefit so that you can grow as vocalists and musicians. You can never expect to get better at your craft if you do not put in any work. Nothing ever stays the same; “it” will always get better or worse. Put forth the effort to ensure that it gets better.


For all of my RIM students, I want to inform you that I’ll be moving at the end of the month.

I’m not moving far. In fact, I’m not even moving out of my apartment complex.

When we moved up here last year, we moved into a three-bedroom apartment because I was pregnant and we figured we’d need a nursery.

Did my son ever sleep in the nursery? No.

Where does he sleep? With us.

So, our lease is up. We renewed our lease but decided to move to a smaller apartment. We’re moving into a two-bedroom. Whenever we decide that it’s time for the baby to not sleep in our room anymore, he can just share a room with big brother for the time being until we buy a house. This is just better for us; we’re going to save a couple hundred dollars every month.

Saving money is always nice.

How does this affect you? We may need to do some creative rescheduling during the week that I am actually moving, which is the 29th and a few days after. I will let you know about scheduling options closer to that time.