Carol Dickson-Carr

Carol D.

Dallas, TX

About Carol D.

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Carol teaches: Females 9 and up
Males 12 and up
Teaching since: September 2005
Last sign in: 2 days ago


On singing and performing: I've been a musician for a very long time and can testify that music heals on a mind, body, and soul level! Though my official performances in front of audiences started with playing woodwind instruments such as clarinet, sax, and flute from elementary school through high school in band, my primary instrument in earnest has been voice for the past 27 years.

However, my Mom told me that I have actually been singing--well, humming (a recognizable tune at that!)-- since I was nine months old. I've lead numerous solos in small ensembles and large choirs over the years, and was very involved not only with the adult music ministry at my church, but directed the children's choir as well. I'm a huge fan of arranging and creating harmonies for duets, trios, and small groups. I’ve shared the stage with Erykah Badu, Ruben Studdard, Rickey Dillard, Chrisette Michele, Ledisi, Peabo Bryson, and CeCe Winans.

I love musical theater, and my favorite credit has to have been when I played the role of "Mama" in Once on This Island (though Nunsense runs a very close second!).

I have a strong passion for the arts--music in particular, and have the musical talent and enthusiasm to guide, empower, and improve the vocal tone, projection, and pitch for the willing student.

*** Music Lesson Details ***
Every student is different--diversity is the spice of life! I tend to tailor my teaching style to the needs of the student. I do expect each student to work on their craft outside of "class" (even if it's just 10-15 minutes of practice a day) and come eager to learn. My teaching style is a co-creative process when it comes to helping students reach their goals. My demeanor is gentle and humor-filled, yet firm. Whether you're preparing for an audition (with all the mental, emotional, and physical energy and health that goes into it), want to hone your harmonizing skills, or just want to strengthen what's already inside of you to the next level for fun, I can help!

It's very important for my students to have a lot of fun as they are singing into their power and gaining more confidence not only in their vocal tone, projection and pitch, but in life as a whole!

*** Specialties ***
My specialties are gospel, pop, R&B, vocal harmonies in small and large groups, and jazz, though I have been classically trained by some of the best vocal coaches over the years.

On being an economist: Economics has been my trade and training since 1993. I've been an analyst at the Florida Legislature as well as consulted in the private sector, but my first love has always been teaching. I've been teaching the intro to micro- and macroeconomic classes consistently since the beginning of 2007 at Southern Methodist University. The algebra comes up a lot in these classes, so I've often ended up tutoring students one one in algebra as well. I was thrilled when TakeLessons added academic tutoring to their offerings in addition to music lessons. :)

***Economics and Algebra Lesson Details***

My students range in varying analytical and mathematical ability, so I meet them where they are when they come to office hours. Sometimes it just takes creating something concrete and practical from something that appears to be quite abstract. Sometimes it's catching up on the math. My approach is the same for any one-on-one endeavor outside the classroom. My goal is for each of my students to succeed!

Photos and Videos

Resounding Harmony's Simply the Best Concert on August 9, 2014 at the Dallas City Performance Hall.


Adjunct Lecturer

Jan 2007 - Present
Southern Methodist University - Dallas, TX.

Preparing and conducting lectures; creating syllabi; writing and grading exams and assignments for the Introduction to Macroeconomics, Introduction to Microeconomics, and Intermediate Microeconomics courses, giving students practical tools to use in academia and in life.


Masters Degree, Economics

Sep 1990 - Jul 1993
University of California, Santa Barbara

Bachelor of Arts, Economics

Sep 1985 - Jun 1990
California State University, Bakersfield

Languages Spoken


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Six Sigma Green Belt

Sep 2007
Kaplan University


2009 Recipient of the SMU Extra Mile Award

Apr 2009
Southern Methodist University
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21 Reviews on Carol D.

Darien S. Oct 18, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
I have enjoyed my time with Carol. Awesome teacher. Very encouraging when it comes to pushing you to your best.
Jadyn M. Oct 8, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Awesome teacher. We are pleased so far
melenisa B. May 20, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I really enjoyed my lesson with Carol. She is very knowledgeable and encouraging. I look forward to my next lesson
Deshawn A. Mar 17, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Today in my new vocal class I had a lot fun. I learned a lot of fun and crazy vocal and pronunciation exercises. I look forward to my next class and to learn more.
Yolanda C. Mar 15, 2016
Gospel Singing · In home
Verified Student
I really enjoyed my session with Carol. She is extremely knowledgeable and exceptionally kind. She is professional and she knows her craft. She is also very encouraging. We covered a lot of ground per session. I look forward to continuing to work with Carol.
Darrel G. Feb 8, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
My first lesson was a wonderful experience and Mrs. Carol she's definitely A five star.
Carol C. Dec 31, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Carol was a great teacher for my daughter. She is 15 and was brand new when she started. She was very patient and encouraging with her teaching style which helped my daughter have a great experience. On top of that she was flexible with the material and was open to helping students learn songs they actually wanted to learn. I would highly recommend her to everyone!
Qiyamah F. Aug 18, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Ms. Carol has a very enticing spirit that makes a person want to get to know her as a friend as well as a teacher. I really enjoyed my lessons with her.
Claire P. Aug 6, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Carol is a really great instructor and really helped my daughter improve! She is very patient and kind and my daughter can't wait to see her again. We highly recommend her to all that are interested in singing.
Jennifer B. May 26, 2015
Singing · Online
Verified Student
She is amazing!!! She has taught me so much in such a short time. Not only is she training my voice, she is helping me with music theory. I highly recommend Carol!!
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