Private Voice Lessons
Lamar MS Choir has the opportunity for students to partake in private voice lessons with a highly qualified voice teacher. These lessons help students gain skills in singing, performing, reading music, preparing for auditions, and working on healthy singing technique that is difficult to focus on with individuals in a large choir group setting.
This is a great opportunity for students wanting to pursue music in the future, whether as a career or just for fun. Learning the fundamentals of singing in school will give students a solid foundation to build on and help improve other skills as well! Students will learn to sight read music, prepare pieces for choir and competitions, and have performance opportunities.
About the Voice Teachers
Julia Watkins-Davis has been praised for her "fiery coloratura", "outstanding musicianship and gift of interpretation" as a classical performer. Her evolving career has spanned professional work at a community and international level, and marries critical listening and real-world experience with a love for teaching, and encouraging students at all levels of proficiency to find their own voice and process.
Cost: $25/half hour lesson
Eric Lyday, a native Austinite, has been a musician since the age of 10. Starting on the drum set with teacher Stephen Belans (Kacy Crowly, Alejandro Escovedo), he performed percussion, mallet keyboards and was center snare drum on the Dripping Springs High School drumline. Eric has since explored making music through voice, guitar, electronics and piano. After high school Eric attended the University of Texas at Austin as a music educator and performer. There he worked with the UT Concert Chorale, Hispanic Caribbean Ensemble, UT Jazz Combos and the Electronic Composition Department. As an educator he has taught many students as a piano teacher and vocal coach at Band Aid School of Music, 26 Music, as well as having had public school music positions at Hill Country Middle School, Oak Meadows Elementary and Sims Elementary. Eric is now pursuing playing and performing with the band Food Group as his main focus, having performed on KVRX and KUTX radio stations and touring across the country.
Cost: $22.50/half hour lesson
Erin Thelen holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree in Choral Music, cum laude, from the University of North Texas. Ms. Thelen was the Choir Assistant at Henry Middle School from 2016-2018. Prior to teaching in the public school, she taught private voice, piano and guitar in the DFW area and was a long-term substitute for the Coppell High School Choir. She has over five years of experience teaching private voice. Thelen teaches private voice for Leander ISD, Austin ISD, and teaches private piano lessons. In addition to teaching private voice and piano, Thelen is a professional performing and studio musician. She is thrilled to teach the brilliant voices at Lamar Middle School and is looking forward to a great year of singing.
Fun fact: Ms. Thelen was a Scottie Singer in 2005-2006! Her experience in the Lamar choir inspired her to pursue a career in music education and performance.