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
Ms. Taylor is a Voice Teacher and Opera singer born and raised in Austin. She sings with a variety of organizations in the Austin area, including several seasons in the Austin Opera Chorus, the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Austin, and as a soloist for other individual productions throughout the year. She has a Bachelors of Music in Education from U.T. Austin and has studied and coached with Gilda Cruz - Romo, David Small, Nicholas Simpson, and Kristin Roach of the San Antonio Opera. She loves teaching voice to all ages, but middle school students are her favorite by far. She drinks too much coffee, knits badly, adores live theater, and loves books, movies, good television, running on the trails, and weird videos.
Cost: $20/half hour lesson
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 (if full month paid in advance, cost is reduced to $20)
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.