Cara McKinney

Cara M.

Norfolk, VA

About Cara M.

Cara teaches: Ages 5 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: January 2001
Last sign in: Today


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.

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.

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Voice Teacher
Sep 2014 - Present
Music Makers

Aug 2014 - Present
M2 Pictures

Performer and Voice Teacher
Jul 2014 - Present
Hurrah Players

Voice Teacher
Mar 2014 - Present

Soprano Section Leader
Aug 2011 - Aug 2013
Trinity United Methodist of Beaumont TX

Sep 1992 - Apr 2006
Va Opera

Sep 2001 - Mar 2005
Castaldi's Market and Grill


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 Spoken

Limited Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency
Limited Proficiency
Limited Proficiency
Limited Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


Aug 2013
Lamar University

Advanced Studies Diploma
Jun 2000
Maury High School


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


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.

41 Reviews on Cara M.

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Cammy Apr 25, 2017
· Vocal Training · In home 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!
Mike Apr 6, 2017
· Vocal Training · In home 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.
Madeline Apr 5, 2017
· Vocal Training · In studio 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!
Estevan Dec 29, 2016
· Singing · In home 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.
Douglas May 11, 2016
· Classical Voice · In home Excellent instructor! Very glad I decided to take lessons and got lucky with a great teacher.
Kelley May 3, 2016
· Music Performance · In studio 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.
Lauren Apr 17, 2016
· Singing · In studio Freaking awesome
Kevin Perez Mar 19, 2016
· Singing · In home 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!
Larry Gaston Mar 19, 2016
· Singing · In studio 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 at a karaoke restaurant or school.
Somara Mar 2, 2016
· Singing · In studio I love my teacher. She is the best.
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