Climate Strike – 9/20/2019

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Singing Straight-ahead, Latin and Original JaZz...

... with some of the finest musicians in the Pacific Northwest!

Visit the Videos page to see Carolena and her musicians in action!

Upcoming Public Gigs

The Bellevue Jazz and Blues Festival
May 30, 2019 @ 5:00 p.m.
w/ Bill Anschell (piano)
and Osama Afifi (bass)
Seattle Marriott Bellevue
200 110th Ave., NE
Bellevue, WA  98004

Please visit Carolena's Calendar page for additional upcoming public performances.

PLEASE NOTE:  Private events are NOT reflected on the calendar.  Please use the Contact Artist page to inquire about open dates and booking Carolena for your special event.

Tunes - with John Stowell, guitar

Offering Online Voice Lessons

Technology makes it possible for Carolena to teach students from all over the world via the platform Zoom in real time.


What is necessary is a high-speed internet connection, a webcam, an external mic (unless your computer is equipped with a good one) and Voila!  External speakers for your computer are likewise helpful.  Then you can enjoy the benefits of private voice lessons in the comfort of your own home.

Voice Studio Gift Certificates

Voice lessons make the Perfect Gift for friends and loved ones!  Purchase your Gift Certificates today and give the gift of song.

The meme below is humorous, but it comes with caveats.  And I feel exactly this way at times.  There is so much faulty information out there.  One needs to be really careful when choosing a voice teacher, so as not to find themselves in a situation wherein they are learning detrimental, damaging and just plain poor technique, which can ruin a voice.

Things to consider:  Is the person in question a voice teacher or are they a vocal coach? (There is a huge difference.)  Both have their purposes, but vocal coaches do not teach technique, i.e., vocal mechanics, which is what is needed to strengthen, beautify and most important, protect the voice.  Do they know their subject matter from an anatomical perspective?  To quote my own teacher, David Jones, “We learn very little through sound. We learn through physical coordination of the body. Then the correct healthy sound can be fully realized.”  Do they know how to diagnose vocal issues? Do they teach with kindness, and compassion?  Some teachers can, unfortunately, be abusive both to the body and to the spirit, and thus, harm their student's voice and undermine their self-confidence.  Do they have multiple solutions to address your unique needs?  One solution does not fit all students.  These are important things to consider when choosing a teacher.

In regard to the other half of the equation ... You will be called upon to fulfill your side of the bargain.  In other words, you will have to work if you want to get anywhere in your training.  Are you willing to do what it takes?  The best teacher in the world can be ineffective if the student doesn't dive in and do the work.

Additionally, are you willing to be taught?  Sometimes students come to a teacher with all sorts of ideas that they have gleaned from the internet, and try to override their own teacher's instructions with something that they read in a book or heard in a video on YouTube.  If you have been blessed to find an excellent teacher, you need to
trust what they are teaching you.  That doesn't mean that you can't ask questions.  However, just because you saw it on the internet does not make it true, and students can harm themselves - and delay their own progress - by going off on tangents.


Voice Teachers