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

Overview

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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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 Spoken

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
NATS

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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37 Reviews on Cara M.

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Douglas May 11, 2016
Classical Voice · In home
Verified Student
Excellent instructor! Very glad I decided to take lessons and got lucky with a great teacher.
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Kelley May 3, 2016
Music Performance · In studio
Verified Student
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.
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Lauren Apr 17, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Freaking awesome
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Kevin Perez Mar 19, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
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!
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Larry Gaston Mar 19, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
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.
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Somara Mar 2, 2016
Singing · In studio
I love my teacher. She is the best.
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Tabetha M. Mar 2, 2016
Broadway Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Awesome teacher! Has really helped me improve so far.
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Tabetha M. Mar 2, 2016
Broadway Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Awesome teacher! Has really helped me improve so far.
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Larry Feb 4, 2016
Singing · In studio
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!
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Somara Jan 8, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
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.
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