Cara Isadora McKinney
Norfolk, VA
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Cara Isadora McKinney

Cara Isadora M.

Norfolk, VA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I have been singing on the stage since the age of 5. I have trained with some of the best singers and teachers in Virginia and Texas. I have experience in many genres. Let’s have fun!

About Cara Isadora M.

Hi there! My name is Cara. I am an award winning vocalist and experienced performer who loves to teach singing. My goal is to demystify vocal technique for students and help them “find their voice" pretty quickly with patience and care in a safe and friendly environment. In a relaxed, positive, and supportive atmosphere; students will improve their breath control and support, projection, phrase length, range, intonation, quality, comfort, stage performance and presentation skills, as well as other technical and stylistic aspects. I am currently available to teach lessons at my studio and online. Let’s have fun!

My credentials and affiliations include a Bachelor's in Vocal Music from Lamar University, Hurrah Players, Governor's School for the Arts, Opera Breve, and VA Opera. I specialize in opera and musical theater. I also record and perform pop, rock, R&B, and jazz. Trained by some of the best artists and teachers in Virginia and Texas, I have gained extensive knowledge in vocal pedagogy that has allowed me to become versed in numerous styles and crossover genres. Contact me and we can discuss in more detail want you are looking for in a voice teacher, your vocal goals and experiences, as well as availability and location details. Do not miss the opportunity to work with someone who is really dedicated to nurturing voices and serving art in a down to earth way and will get you where you want to go fast. Let’s get started! It’s gonna be great!

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Becca
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She's a wonderful teacher! Very caring and patient but to the point. She knows her stuff!

Posted Mar 22, 2020
Fran S.
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Great beginning! Professional and friendly. Can't wait until next lesson!

Posted Mar 20, 2020
Wesley
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Today was my first lesson, it amazed me how knowledgeable, talented, and patient she was. She was also very encouraging and made me feel comfortable every stepofthe way. Yep I'll be continuing my lessons!

Posted Mar 15, 2020
David
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Cara is a wonderful teacher. She finds songs according to my vocal range of course but a step further she will choose a song that focuses on one particular part of singing that is my current weakness. Her genuine excitement when I make improvements is very rewarding by itself but she also provides the occasional opportunity to perform too.

Posted Feb 8, 2020
Elyse Douglas
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I like her! It's the first lesson with her & looking forward to the next.

Posted Oct 2, 2019
Rodney J.
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She took me to my weaknesses. Information on voice exercises. Mimic sounds of emotion to enhance vocal range. Overall, great instruction!

Posted Jun 5, 2018
Ashley
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I love taking lessons with Ms. Cara! She is very patient and kind, and I greatly appreciate that in a teacher!!

Posted Mar 13, 2018
lauren

Really great teacher and very sweet!

Posted Oct 19, 2017
David
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Cara is a very patient teacher and is great at making you feel comfortable singing. She has lots of experience as a both teacher and a performer and it shows. I'm a busy person and I don't always have time to practice as much as I should, many music teachers are agressively critical in such situations but Cara is very understanding and teaches at the pace you can manage.

She has the experience to recommend songs which really showcase your voice to the greatest degree but is also is willing to take input on what kind of music you prefer to sing, so you're never bored or out of your depth while practicing.

I'm very glad I found Cara and I can't recommend her services enough.

Posted Oct 15, 2017
Brian
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Cara was punctual and professional. She provided excellent instruction and helped me achieve my goals as a musician. I found a great improvement in my singing ability after going through a course of study and instruction with her. She was friendly and knowledgeable.

Posted Oct 14, 2017
Laura
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I have been taking lessons with Cara for two years now, and she is fantastic. Not only is her knowledge and technique very high-quality, but her manner is very low-pressure and comfortable. She's friendly and encouraging, yet still honest and constructive in her teaching. She specializes her lessons for your individual voice and selects songs and exercises best suited for you, with the proper techniques to healthily use your chords and not damage them. If you want to learn a specific song or style, she will not only teach it to you, but she'll teach you other songs and styles that will better help you sing and understand it. My voice, as well as my overall understanding of singing and music, has improved greatly since I started my lessons with Cara! She's worth every penny!

Posted Oct 11, 2017
Leah
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Cara is an incredible voice teacher. I'm incredibly picky when it comes to voice teachers and I don't want to take from any one else. She has helped me gain so much confidence in my voice and helped me discover my voice type. Her vocal warm ups and techniques have helped me develop a wider range and more confidence in my high notes.

Posted Oct 11, 2017
Sibo
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Cara is great and I've improved a lot since starting lessons with her. She uses a very technical approach, which helps me understand and learn more quickly. I feel like I have a lot better understanding of singing and the voice now. Cara is also very flexible and works with me to find lesson times around my busy school schedule. I would recommend her to anyone, as she definitely makes me feel like I'm getting my money's worth out of the experience.

Posted Oct 11, 2017
Caroline
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Professional advice. Very good first lesson

Posted Sep 26, 2017
Steve
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Cara is an excellent teacher, patient and knowledgeable. She is equally adept with the beginner as well as the seasoned singer. I appreciate the recitals and master's classes she has sponsored - if you're considering voice lessons, you can't do better!

Posted Sep 26, 2017
John
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Cara was simply fantastic. She gave me confidence in my voice and laid the foundation for future lessons. I recommend her to anyone at any singing ability.

Posted Sep 26, 2017
Daniel H.
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She said she would be able to help me with an issue in falsetto but was not able to help. We spent most of the lesson doing exercises that had nothing to do with my issue. Afterwards she sent info from wikipedia on how to sing falsetto. That's not what the issue was, nor did I pay for something I could get for free on the internet. I found another teacher who was able to help - we worked directly on my issue and I learned how to resolve it. This lesson was a complete waste of my money.

Posted Sep 8, 2017
Cammy
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Cara was professional and kind. She is clearly at the top of her game. My girls learned so mucn from her during their in home lessons. They are still singing together and using some of the techniques from her. We appreciated her expertise and heart to teach!

Posted Apr 25, 2017
Mike
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A few months ago after researching a number of vocal instructors in the area and speaking with a few friends, I decided to give Cara a try based on her teaching approach, and resume. Since I had virtually no vocal experience (other than some off-key excursions in the car) I was surprised that I could actually sing the correct notes during my first lesson with her.
Cara's positive, but meticulous approach has helped me improve my vocal ability farther than I ever imagined over the last 6 months. She is fun to work with and I would recommend her to anyone.

Posted Apr 6, 2017
Madeline
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Cara is a wonderful instructor. She was very patient with me and gave me the time I needed to understand different concepts. I felt that she genuinely wanted me to succeed. Thanks Cara!

Posted Apr 5, 2017
Estevan
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Cara knows her stuff! She's passionate about her work, and her enthusiasm is contagious. Her breadth of knowledge is only surpassed by her innate teaching ability. If you have a question, she has the answer and the ability to explain it in a way you can easily understand. She is a pleasure to work with and a secret weapon for anyone looking to take their craft to next level.

Posted Dec 29, 2016
Douglas
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Excellent instructor! Very glad I decided to take lessons and got lucky with a great teacher.

Posted May 11, 2016
Kelley
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This was my daughter's first experience with any kind of singing lessons and Cara was patient and helped my daughter feel comfortable. She was able to get on stage for her school talent show feeling good about herself, and that was priceless.

Posted May 3, 2016
Lauren
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Freaking awesome

Posted Apr 17, 2016
Kevin Perez
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Great teacher! She immediately made me feel comfortable. Explains everything in both a scientific way and also in laymans terms with examples. Makes it much easier to learn, and understand what's going on or what I should be feeling when breathing and singing.

Thanks Cara!

Posted Mar 19, 2016
Larry Gaston
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Cara is enthusiastic, perceptive, helpful and knows her stuff! Her voice is phenomenal and was inspiring to listen to. I want to learn a lot more but wish she taught a vocal course..like at a karaoke restaurant or school.

Posted Mar 19, 2016
Somara
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I love my teacher. She is the best.

Posted Mar 2, 2016
Tabetha M.
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Awesome teacher! Has really helped me improve so far.

Posted Mar 2, 2016
Tabetha M.
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Awesome teacher! Has really helped me improve so far.

Posted Mar 2, 2016
Larry
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Exactly what I need! Cara is teaching me the fundamentals of singing and I can't wait for each lesson. I have tried voice lessons on cd's from amazon in the past but having a super knowledgeable and experienced instructor in person is so much more effective!

Posted Feb 4, 2016
Somara
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It was a great first experience. This was my daughter's first experience with any kind of professional lessons and Cara was patient and helped my daughter feel comfortable. She had fun and cannot wait until her next lesson.

Posted Jan 8, 2016
Christine
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Great instruction, clear and concise! Absolutely easy to work with!

Posted Dec 7, 2015
Kaelee K.
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Cara put our 10 year old daughter at ease very quickly. We discussed goals and a very nice lesson followed. Already looking forward to next weeks lesson. Thanks!

Posted Nov 11, 2015
dylan P.
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Very informative!

Posted Oct 26, 2015
Fanita C.
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My experience is one that is excellent. Priceless scholar, kind, patient and very knowledgeable. All expectations are met and exceeded. I have seen my personal professional growth in a qualitative measure in confidence, quality of music and range.

Posted Oct 20, 2015
Marquis A.
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Cara is patient and helps you even when you don't understand she makes sure you does. She also helps you out with questions so make sure you have a list a questions to ask because she can help you better. It's my 3rd lesson and I'm singing very comfortably.

Posted Oct 14, 2015
Evan Adamson
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Exceeded expectations. Looking forward to more lessons.

Posted Oct 8, 2015
Rachel S.
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I've only had two lessons with Cara, but so far it has been a great experience. She doesn't waste any time, is very professional, is extremely knowledgeable and proficient in her field, and provides lots of helpful feedback. I am excited to continue with her, and would recommend her to anyone looking for vocal lessons.

Posted Oct 5, 2015
Ameenah Hathaway

Cara, these 5 stars are not for lesson for I have never had the pleasure. These 5 stars represent how proud I am. I knew Cara back in middle school in chorus class. I remember hearing her audition for all city and distrit chorus. I believe the song was "Requiem". Beautiful!! She sang beautifully then and how amazing it is to see that you developed your talent and made it into a pretty exciting career. It is really cool to remember you as just "Cara" my talented classmate and it is pretty darn cool to see you come full circle. She is the real deal and I am confident that she will help others find their voice.

Posted Sep 7, 2015
Susanna Carlson
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Cara is a library of information and tools to help you learn how to sing. She encourages her students to practice and learn proper form. With her help I've found my voice and am encouraged to continue perfecting it. She also helped me with some bad habits that I had picked up but now know better. I highly recommend Cara and she is a true professional with a beautiful voice who knows how to teach!

Posted Aug 28, 2015
Samantha U.
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I've recently started taking singing lessons with Cara and I've had a great experience so far. She is really concerned with teaching me correct technique which is very helpful. She is patient while I'm learning and practicing better technique and is supper supportive and encouraging as she sees progress!

Posted Aug 2, 2015
Robert V.
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I only had one lesson with Cara but she was very experienced and did her best to bring out the singer in me. She found songs that would suit me and she put a lot of effort into making that first lesson as valuable to me as it could be. I really felt like she cared deeply about my progress which meant a lot to me.

Posted Jul 31, 2015
Susanna Carlson
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After just one lesson Cara has helped me use the upper part of my body to get a better sound. I look forward to the rest of my lessons with her.

Posted Jul 31, 2015
Kiana G.
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Cara is engaging, friendly & comfortable to work with. Cara McKinney sang with her & Kiana appreciated her talents. Makes it easy to relate to her because you can recognize her training background. She's cool

Posted Jul 27, 2015
John
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This is my first attempt at learning to sing - I have only been taking lessons for a few weeks. As others have said, she is a patient teacher, which is good for someone like me who is just starting to figure it out. That said, it's also clear to me that she has the capacity to instruct far beyond the level that I hope to achieve. I would recommend Cara to anyone looking to improve their vocals, regardless of their level of experience.

Posted Jul 8, 2015
Steve M.
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Patient, friendly, encouraging, and empowering Cara's instruction pushes you past your mental boundaries in a way that facilitates objective progress and predictable growth. I was and continue to be impressed in how Cara has helped me find and perfect my voice! Learning to be your best is easier when you feel and know that you're being guided by the best.

Posted Jun 13, 2015
Lauren L.
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I have been taking lessons from Cara for only a short amount of time, and I have learned more from her, so far, than from any other instructor I have ever worked with! She is incredibly knowledgable in ways to improve my voice and really takes the time to help me understand what will benefit my voice. I cannot wait to see how much more I will grow with her training.

Posted Jun 5, 2015
Tracy B.
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Cara (Miss Isadora) has been amazing! We were not sure if it was too early to begin vocal training (she was only 7) but after the first lesson we were amazed at the initial improvements. Our daughter loves to sing and has a true passion for performing and in less than a year we've heard and seen real improvements in all areas of performance. Cara is patient and so creative in applying very high level techniques for our child and we have witnessed real results. And when we get to hear Cara's angelic voice fill the house...well, can't believe we are fortunate enough to have our daughter under her tutelage. Highly recommend and applaud her flexibility in working with many different types of music and pushing students to grow in all areas of performance.

Posted Jun 5, 2015
James K.
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It's a rare opportunity to get to work with such a gifted vocalist and teacher. Our daughter is amazed at her own progress and has blossomed with Cara's instruction. Highly recommend!

Posted Jun 5, 2015
Thomas H.
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Very knowledgeable.

Posted May 17, 2015
William B.
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For the first evaluation I give Cara a 4 star. I can't say that she is the "best instructor ever" because I have never been instructed in music before.

Her knowledge of music is very good and her singing voice is excellent. I sang for her, got her input and sang again only better the second time around. She liked the way I sounded and has told me I am a tenor.

Posted May 14, 2015
Austin E.
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Awesome teacher. Very patient and super knowledgeable about all things vocal. Knows just what you need to get your voice to reach its full potential.

Posted May 2, 2015
Mary H.
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Very patient and has a wonderful voice!

Posted Apr 22, 2015
Kelsey S.
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Great voice coach! She is extremely experienced and knowledgable and fun to work with. She really cares and will work hard for your improvement. I highly recommend her!

Posted Feb 17, 2015
Velynda L.
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A phenomenal teacher! She's patient, teaches with positive reinforcement, and is a determined teacher. Definitively cares about her students and strives for excellence.

Posted Jan 11, 2015
William W.
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Amazing artist! Very patient and out going! Puts her heart into training you and makes sure you understand it! Literally the best instructor ever!

Posted Dec 19, 2014
Sarah A.
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Excellent, skilled, and patient teacher!

Posted Dec 15, 2014
Tom L.
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Excellent teacher, and very enjoyable lessons.

Posted Oct 30, 2014

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Experience

Voice Teacher
Sep 2014 - Present

Music Makers

Performer
Aug 2014 - Present

M2 Pictures

Performer and Voice Teacher
Jul 2014 - Present

Hurrah Players

Voice Teacher
Mar 2014 - Present

Musika

Soprano Section Leader
Aug 2011 - Aug 2013

Trinity United Methodist of Beaumont TX

Performer
Sep 1992 - Apr 2006

Va Opera

Performer
Sep 2001 - Mar 2005

Castaldi's Market and Grill

Education

B.A.A.S.
Aug 2010 - Aug 2013

Lamar University

Vocal Performance, Music, Theatre, Psychology
Jan 2004 - Dec 2009

Old Dominion University

Vocal Performance
Sep 1996 - Jun 2000

Govenor's School for the Arts - Norfolk, VA

Vocal Performance, Music
Jun 1999 - Aug 1999

Shenandoah Conservatory

Vocal Performance, Music
Jun 1998 - Aug 1998

Shenandoah Conservatory

Languages

Czech

Limited Proficiency

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

French

Limited Proficiency

German

Limited Proficiency

Hebrew

Limited Proficiency

Italian

Limited Proficiency

Latin

Limited Proficiency

Certifications

B.A.A.S.
Aug 2013

Lamar University

Advanced Studies Diploma
Jun 2000

Maury High School

Awards

First Place Winning Vocalist
Mar 2013

NATS Houston Greater Chapter

First Place Winning Vocalist
Mar 2012

NATS Houston Greater Chapter

Third Place Winning Vocalist
Apr 2011

NATS Houston Greater Chapter

First Place Vocalist
Feb 2011

Brilliance Competition

First Place Vocalist Adult Division
Jan 2005

ODU Concerto Competition

Affiliations

National Association of Teachers of Singing
Feb 2016
Founded in 1944, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Inc. (NATS) is the largest professional association of teachers of singing in the world with more than 7,000 members worldwide.

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