Vocal Instruction at The Music Academy

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Voice study at The Music Academy is offered for all levels: beginner to advanced. Private lessons are offered for students age 8 to senior adults. Lesson lengths can be 30 minutes, 45 minutes or 60 minutes in length once per week. Vocal students are required to attend all weekly lessons and to participate in the monthly studio classes and the annual recitals (one in the Fall and one in the Spring). Students are highly encouraged to participate in the Royal Conservatory of Music Vocal Certification Exams.

Meet Your Instructor, Mrs. Jacquie Mitchell

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Mrs. Jacquie Mitchell is a graduate of Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Vocal Performance where she studied voice with Richard Anderson, Carol Webber; organ and piano. Mrs. Mitchell started singing as a child in her home church and was a student of Crossville's premier voice instructor, Molly Beach before being accepted into Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio. She has sung with the Knoxville Opera Chorus and has often been the guest pianist, vocalist and organist for area churches. Mrs. Mitchell has been teaching voice privately for the past twenty-eight years and is a member of National Association of Teachers of Singing. She attended the Vocal Institute Summer Study at Oberlin with Richard Miller studying the mechanics of vocal production and vocal health. She is presently on staff at Central Baptist Church as Media Director and volunteers as organist/pianist. Mrs. Mitchell is Past President of the Tennessee Ladies Chorus, the performing ladies chorus of the Tennessee Baptist Convention. Her vocal students have been awarded vocal scholarships to private high schools, colleges and the Tennessee Governor's School of the Arts. Her students have also been accepted in to premier vocal ensembles of colleges and universities. Mrs. Mitchell has completed Somatic Voicework™ the LoVetri Method Level 3 Certification Training. Mrs. Mitchell teaches all areas of vocal training focusing on vocal health and a strong foundation in correct technique that allows freedom of the voice and body.

My Teaching Philosophy

Music has been a part of my life since I can remember. I have studied music from a very young age and continue to be a life-long learner. The beautiful thing about music is that one can never stop learning – there is always something new to learn, a new goal to set. This has always excited me and keeps the wonder and beauty of music alive in my soul.

My goal as a teacher of music is to create a learning environment for each student that will foster a love of learning and give the student the tools to succeed and meet their goals. A safe place to welcome students is essential and families are always welcome in my studio.

My teaching style is one of encouragement and gentle prodding balanced with clear expectations of weekly accomplishments. I want to challenge students to become more than they are at any given time. By using their gifts and skills to reach new heights and goals with each musical piece, the student can discover more about themselves and their abilities. I feel that priorities and goals are important for both the teacher and the student. Goals expected in my studio are: correct technique; steady tempo; accurate rhythms and notes; scales; the ability to pay attention to details; sight-reading; ensemble playing; ear training; and the belief that musicianship tops just technique. I believe that learning all of the musical “roadmaps” (the written signs and language of music) and elements are an important part of every student’s musical education.

I evaluate each student’s learning style, interests, and skill level and then work with the student to create a specific plan of action to accomplish growth and improvement in many areas. Families are an important part of any musical education and I work with the families of young children to convey the concepts being worked on each week. I also work with the families to find the best teaching method for each student’s personality and learning style. It is important to find the right method – both instruction and materials – for each student to learn in the way that reaches them best. I have some tried and true methods as starting places, but I am always sensitive to each student’s needs and work to find the best methods and tools to help each one succeed in their musical studies.

There are some requirements for my students as I feel these are essential for the student to fully grow and improve in their skills. In addition to their weekly lessons, students are required to attend regularly scheduled studio classes where they will perform for their peers. Students are also required to participate in two annual recitals – one in the fall and one in the spring to showcase the best of their abilities at that point in time. I work with each student to find pieces to learn for these events that are within their abilities and the time frame allotted. I have no desire to push a student too fast or too hard but will encourage students to fully meet their potential. Auditions and competitions are also encouraged and worked on as opportunities arise.

My hope is that students in my studio will see a marked improvement in many areas at the end of each lesson year, and that they will find a love of music and learning that can be applied to many areas of their life for years to come. I invest in my students – in their talents, in their goals, in their skills – and it gives me joy to see them excel and soar. The light on their face when they have achieved a musical concept that they thought they could not do is priceless and what I strive for with each student.

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The Music Academy is located at 2819 Highway 70 North, Crossville Tennessee 38571. Phone 931-484-6676.