The other day I wrote a blog called A Year In Review about all the things that happened that were studio-related since about this time a year ago. Today I’m going to write about the things that I see on the horizon. This is what I’ve got planned for 2019-2020:
- Write articles for the Roland Park News about music/arts related activities in the North Baltimore area (first one due August 1)
- Start taking credit cards both online (Acuity) and in the studio (Square)
- Organize a December holiday recital (date/place TBD) and a June studio showcase (6/7 at Springwell)
- Start using Mailchimp to coordinate studio communications
- Offer an online lesson option for people who live further away or for days when you just can’t get here and you want a lesson
- Monthly (or more) Facebook Lives on various areas of technique
- Offering master classes/workshops outside the studio
- Hoping to get one of my former students now working in the professional MT world to come in and do a master class (if I can get them between gigs)
- Going to the NATS National Conference in Knoxville, TN next June, possibly as a presenter (fingers crossed)
- Continue working on using Appcompanist to its full potential for myself and in the studio
- Work on increasing my knowledge of more recent musicals (I was up on them all when I was in Milwaukee because I had so many students that I couldn’t help but be up on them – less so now)
- Coordinate a studio cabaret show at Germano’s Piattini in Little Italy (3/30)
- Create a video library of vocalises based on BRAAP (breath/resonance/articulation/alignment/phonation) that will be included in studio membership and available for an extra fee to non-studio members
- Switch to a tuition-based system and have studio packages for students based on their needs and availability and my own performing (and life) schedule
This last one is a big one. Rather than paying per lesson or for four at a time, as I have been doing, I am going to go toward a full-year (September-June) program and offer packages that allow for flexibility while still allowing continuity. There will be payment options offered that will allow you to choose what works for your circumstances. This will go into effect on September 3, when the fall semester starts.
I will be sending out specifics to my current students by July 3 at the latest, and the package options will be shown on the website.
This has been an exciting year, filled with lots of opportunities and development for both my students and myself.
Things that I’ve done for the studio this year:
- June 2018: Attended the NATS Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada and learned a ton of stuff!
- June 2018: Bought an iPad Pro and downloaded ForScore to better access sheet music
- July 2018: Subscribed to Appcompanist, an accompanying software that allows you to adjust thousands of professionally recorded accompaniments to the tempo and range of the performer, rather than make the performer fit the dictates of the recorded accompaniment.
- July 2018: Joined the Speakeasy Cooperative, an international organization of independent voice teachers, where we share ideas about how best to serve our students and ourselves as professionals.
- July-August 2018: Tweaked my website!
- August 2018: Redesigned my vocal exercises
- August 2018: Created a logo (see above)
- September 2018: Studio policies!
- November 2018: Upgraded to MusicNotesPlus in order to allow greater flexibility to change keys as needed for individual student needs (as well as my own)
- January 2019: Became a sole proprietorship in the state of Maryland as Mezzoid Voice Studio
- January 2019: Studio swag!!
- February 2019: Started using Acuity as a scheduling software so that students can schedule their lessons at times that work with both our schedules.
- March 2019: Subscribed to musicaltheatresongs.com, a searchable database of songs past and present.
- December 2018/June 2019: Organized and presented the first two studio recitals, the first a holiday program at Bykota Senior Center and the second a studio showcase at Springwell Senior Living!
- May 2019: Quit HCC to focus on the private studio
May 2019: Attended my first Voice Foundation in Philadelphia and learned more stuff!
- June 2019: Moved my blog, “Why I Sing” from Blogger to mezzoid.wordpress.com, where it looks a ton more professional.
- Reorganized the studio to include toys (TOYS!) and other things to serve my students better
- June 2019: Created an interactive studio practice log for my students to keep track of their practicing! (Have you tried it yet?)
What’s next on the horizon? LOTS.
More info coming soon.
After cleaning out files the other day, I discovered a performance success survey that I took in 2002. This was a bad time for me, performance-wise. Although I should’ve been at the top of my game, vocally, I was having a lot of performance anxiety that was really holding me back. And my scores on the survey reflected the areas where I was having the most difficulty. I posted about this the other day.
My primary issues back then were focus, and, to a lesser extent, self-confidence.
I went to take the test again. The website has been tweaked a bit – it had been dongreene.com, after the author of the book Performance Success. It is now winningonstage.com, “dedicated to performing artists striving for excellence.” There are a variety of tools dedicated to achieving this goal, and the quiz that I took all those years ago was on there, linked to the book. So I took the test again. I paid for it this time (maybe I could’ve found the code in the book and gotten it for free, but I figured I could afford the $19). I wanted to see if I’ve improved.
I’m not sure if the test was exactly the same as it was back then, but I took it and I’m pleased to say that I scored much better than back then. My high scores (70+) were in:
- Determination (81)
- Mental Outlook (70)
- Emotional Approach (80)
- Resilience (81)
I didn’t really have any low scores (low was below 20-44). The areas that were in the mid-range were:
- Poise (68)
- Controlling Attention (63)
- Concentration (56)
The latter two are still related to focus. Controlling attention is a question of mental quiet. While I could focus on an object and not get distracted, that little nagging voice (which has an accent – I can’t imagine why) still wants to say, “You’re not doing this right. Oops, that was wrong.” As far as concentrating, my presence and intensity of focus were much higher but the duration of focus (SQUIRREL!) was less so. Probably because of said nagging voice.
Is this because I’m a Gemini? Do I have adult ADHD? What can I do about this? According to the profile, I should go back and review pp. 79-85 in Performance Success.
And I probably will, later today. But first….