Vocal Fitness Class

two older adults singingIn this class, we’ll use music and singing to learn and practice exercises that strengthen the voice and prevent voice decline. Vocal function exercises do for your voice what resistance training and stretching does for your body - they balance out the respiration, phonation, and resonance mechanisms. Great for professionals who may want to increase vocal stamina; for older adults who want to prevent voice decline and swallowing disorders; and adults who have had voice rehab and want to prevent relapse.

Instructor: Kristin Edmonds
Ages:  Adult
Fee:  $360 (18 weeks)
Class Day & Time: ONLINE Wednesdays at 11:00 a.m.
Class limit:  10

Spring Semester:  January 26 - May 4, 2022
Registration Deadline: EXTENDED to January 7, 2022

This class is a group music and wellness activity, not a source of voice and swallowing therapy. The class does include some vocal exercises and stretches that are used in both therapy for voice and swallowing disorders and singing lessons. We are using them for prevention and wellness purposes only.  If you have a voice or swallowing disorder, you should visit an ENT physician who specializes in voice in order to get individualized treatment before you attend our class.  If you have questions about whether you may have a voice or swallowing disorder and should be screened, please refer to these links to more information at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association:

Voice Disorders

Swallowing Disorders

If you continue to have questions about whether this class is right for you, please contact Kristin Edmonds at  kristinitoku33@webster.edu

About Kristin Edmonds, Instructor

M.M. in Vocal Performance, New England Conservatory of Music; M.A. in Speech Pathology and Audiology, University of Connecticut; B.M. in Vocal Performance, University of Missouri; studied voice with Helen Hodam, Virginia Pyle and Carole Gaspar; soloist with Opera Theatre of St. Louis, American Kantorei, and in the Poulenc Festival at Christ Church Cathedral with Dalton Baldwin and Gail Hintz; toured with guitarist/musicologist Jeffrey Noonan; cabaret performances at Royal George Theater, Chicago and the Algonquin Club, Boston. Won or placed at numerous vocal competitions including Midwest Regional NATS Auditions and St. Louis Symphony Young Artist Competition; formerly the pediatric voice therapy specialist at Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital in Massachusetts; consulted with Whole Vibes Music Therapy which partners with Palm Beach Opera and Els Foundation to manage the Interability Chorus; currently runs voice therapy practice and voice studio; taught voice at New England Conservatory of Music, Webster University and Maryville University, vocal pedagogy at University of Connecticut. Ms. Edmonds has raised a musical child with developmental disabilities.

Popular Songwriting Class

young man composing with ukeleleWhether you’re a seasoned tunesmith or just beginning to create your own music, this course is for you! Students explore the foundations of songwriting technique (form, chord progressions, lyric-writing, arranging and music production) and develop their skills as songwriters. At the end of the class, students will present a class concert of their original songs.

Instructor: Dr. Stuart Hill
Ages:  Grade 9 - 12
Fee:  $540
Class Day & Time: Mondays, 4:15–6:15p, in the Thompson Music Building Recital Hall

Fall Semester:  August 23 - December 13, 2021
Registration Deadline:  August 16, 2021

This course focuses on contemporary, mass-market popular songwriting in a variety of styles. All experience levels and stylistic interests are welcome, but students must be able to accompany themselves on guitar, piano, ukulele, or other suitable harmonizing instrument.