Carol Winston

Carol W.

Santa Monica, CA

About Carol W.

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Carol teaches: Ages 7 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: July 1992
Last sign in: Today

Overview

I have taught voice for over twenty years. I studied music at University of California, Santa Barbara, where I received my B.A. I currently work as a professional singer for various local opera companies, music theater groups, churches and temples. I am principal soprano for Opera A La Carte and have also soloed with Repertory Opera Company, Redlands Bowl Festival, Laguna Beach Chorale and Celestial Opera Company. I have worked extensively in Los Angeles schools performing musical assemblies for students in elementary and middle grades through Southland Opera, LA Opera and Guild Opera of Southern California. My teaching experience includes private voice lessons and master classes at Idyllwild School for the Arts.

*** Lesson Details ***
I emphasize breathing techniques to free up the voice to expand your range and ease of singing. In the lesson, we start with simple warm ups and vocalizes and then apply techniques to the songs you want to sing. I realize each student is different and I customize the lesson to the student's particular needs. I specialize in classical and music theater, however the basics of singing apply to all styles of music. In addition to working on breathing and technique for singing, we'll also focus on interpretation of the songs you are working on as well as how to overcome performance nervousness. Most students find that they are able to sing with more freedom, less tension and will have more confidence as they progress.

I also teach beginning piano, using the John W. Schaum series.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in the main room, upright piano

*** Travel Equipment ***
They need to provide a piano or keyboard if I am going to their home.
I have a piano in my home.

*** Specialties ***
I work on using the breath as a fundamental technique for singing. Singing should never hurt. I use a lot of imagery to achieve freedom in singing.

Photos and Videos

"Poor Wand'ring One" - Mabel's aria from The Pirates of Penzance by Gilbert and Sullivan

Experience

Voice Teacher

Oct 2014 - Present
Southland Sings

Teach in elementary schools such as LAUSD and other districts for children with special needs.

Performer

Oct 2000 - Present
Guild Opera

Performer for outreach productions in schools in bilingual opera Estrella and Barab's Little Red Riding Hood.

Performer

Nov 1998 - Present
Southland Opera

Performer in outreach productions in school. Perform in such shows as The Night Harry Stopped Smoking and Mission Nutrition.

Soprano Lead

Oct 1984 - Present
Opera a la Carte

Lead soprano for touring Gilbert and Sullivan Company.

Soprano Soloist

Dec 2003 - May 2014
Laguna Beach Chorale

Soprano soloist in such works as Carmina Burana, Mozart Exultate Jubilate and more.

Soprano Soloist

Oct 2006 - Nov 2006
Ballet San Jose

Soprano soloist for production at Ballet San Jose

Voice Teacher

Jul 2005 - Jul 2005
Idylwild

Education

B.A. in Music

Sep 1976 - Jun 1981
University of CA, Santa Barbara

Languages Spoken

French

Professional Proficiency

German

Professional Proficiency

Italian

Professional Proficiency

Latin

Professional Proficiency

Spanish

Professional Proficiency

Awards

2nd Place Award

Oct 1998
NATS
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7 Reviews on Carol W.

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Miranda K. Oct 24, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Carol is wonderful with children.
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Lana R. Sep 9, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Very kind & patient :)
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Peter T. Aug 29, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Great start - first lesson and I immediately felt comfortable with Carol. We started with proper exercises and into the music. She was good at showing me how to improve, and helping me eradicate some bad habits I've picked up.
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Jennifer G. Oct 15, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Carol is an awesome instructor. She has greatly helped to improve my singing and musical abilities. She is professional and always arrives on time. I highly recommend Carol!
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Marcia R. Oct 14, 2015
Opera Voice · In home
Verified Student
Wonderful teacher! Amazing what I have learned since I began the classes last year.
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Tracy S. Apr 11, 2015
Opera Voice · In studio
My high notes are so much better now!
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Ann N. Aug 16, 2013
Singing
Excellent teacher

Carol is an excellent voice teacher- I recommend her to any student.
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