Agendas For October, November & December

Fiona, Bobby, Steve and myself want to give you the agendas for this month, October, and the upcoming months of November & December, so that you can mark your calendars now for the second Tuesdays of every month.  Also, we will be having our “Constructing and De-Constructing a Song” Workshop this Saturday, October 10th from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. taught by the wonderful and talented Peter Mulvey.  Peter will then be performing that night at the Evening Muse with Alice Peacock.

October 13th:  Voice 101: Taught by Julie Dean.  First of all let me pause here.  If you have been around the music scene here in Charlotte you have heard of Julie Dean.  Julie is the most amazing voice coach here in Charlotte.  Julie has been teaching singing for 15 years.  Many years at Queens University of Charlotte and the Community School of the Arts, before she opened her own studio.  She also works as part of the voice health care team with a local laryngolgist and speech language pathologist at the Charlotte Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Associates (CEENTA).  Which helps the elderly with injured voices.  So what is she going to teach us?

Debunking Singing Myths and Knowing What’s What:

Is it best to drink tea with lemon and/or honey before singing?

How do I warm up?  Do you cool down?

How vocal exercises are different from “warming up”.

Is posture that important?  Am I breathing right?

Can anybody sing?  I need to know this one!!!

Julie will be giving us the answer to these questions and so much more.  Thanks, Julie!

November 10th:  Glenn Selby, is a Professor a CPCC and teaches Songwriting.  He has a Bachelors in Music and a Minor in Music Business from Belmont University in Nashville, TN.  Glenn has been affiliated with songwriters since 1985 in a role as a publisher, producer, mentor, contest judge, and at times a co-writer.  He says, “over the years I have learned that there are many songwriters who have potential talent, but have never taken the time to learn what I call the “best practices of successful songwriters”.

Glenn’s focus will be to show us that there are deliberate approaches to songwriting and the entire songwriting process, which have been in use for over 80 years.  Glenn is in the middle of a busy teaching schedule, so we appreciate him offering to do this for us.

December 8th: Will be our Holiday Potluck Party.  We provide all of the large items, turkey, ham, and we ask members to bring a side item.  Also, we do sing alongs and can break off into a small song circle if any members would like to do so after eating.  It’s just a great way to end another year of music and friendship.

For anyone who is new, we meet at The Well in Pineville from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm and our address and directions are on our website.  The second half of our meetings are reserved for song critiques, so bring any song you are working on or have finished, and twenty-five copies of your lyrics.  We provide snacks, water and coffee.  We welcome you to bring family and friends.  Our goal is for each of us to go home having learned something, shared some music, been heard in some way, and feeling better than when we arrived each month.

I want to take a moment to thank everyone of you for what has turned out to be a really amazing year for NSAI Charlotte.  As we all know we have had so much fun(!) and growth this year.  I find out today that in the last two and a half months we have had four people sign up as members who attend the meetings.  See you on Saturday for the Workshop and then on Tuesday for our monthly meeting!

Misty Simpson, Coordinator


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