Monday, August 31, 2015

Successes vs. misses

This is another great article, and I plan to be more mindful about noting every student's successes in the studio. If I don't do it enough, feel free to ask: "Dr. Kris, what did I do right?"

Taking practice breaks

Dear students,

Here is a wonderful article about taking breaks during your practice sessions, and/or NOT practicing all in one shot. This is one of my favorite blogs...check it out.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Pianists and your music

Hi folks,

Some of you have been great about getting your music to your pianist: some have not. Please tend to this ASAP. Remember that giving your pianist the music "before your lesson" means more than a day before your lesson...they have lives, too! Thanks for being considerate of your collaborators.

Friendly reminder: Carolyn Violi is in the Department of Theatre, and the departmental assistant can point you to her mailbox. Dr. Steele's office is in the Department of Music in the carpeted hallway. Both are in the UAB online directory if you need to contact them.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Voice Lesson Schedule

Hi Folks,

Following is the schedule for voice lessons. While I hope it will not change, it might due to coordination with our pianists. Be sure to check the schedule again several times before next week to see if it remains the same for the semester. IF YOU DO NOT SEE YOUR NAME BELOW OR IF THIS TIME CONFLICTS WITH SOMETHING YOU HAVE ALREADY SCHEDULED, LET ME KNOW IMMEDIATELY VIA TEXT: 205-306-6093.

If you'd like a pianist for your first lesson, please contact Dr. Chris Steele or Carolyn Violi to ask if they can join us for the second half of your lesson. The only one that is required to do so during the first lesson is Nole: for everyone else, this is optional, but you're welcome to do so if you have repertoire you'd like to work right away.

FYI: half-hour lessons (1 credit) will be 25 minutes, though we'll often go for the full 30 minutes; one-hour lessons (2 credit) will be 50 minutes. Please plan accordingly, and be a few minutes early. You can stretch in the hall, or (if no one is having a lesson) come in and stretch in my office. Please knock before entering. Thanks.

Looking forward to beginning/resuming our work! I will see you at your lesson AND at our Friday class at 12:20 in my studio (I may be able to schedule another space: check here to be certain). If you have any questions about anything at all, please feel free to text, call, stop by, or email me. I am here to help!

MONDAY
10:30-11 Nicole
11-11:30 Ashley
11:30-12 Addie
3:30-4:20 Dana

TUESDAY
10-10:50 Alyssa
11-11:30 Alyse R.
1-1:30 Hunter
3:30-4 Selina

WEDNESDAY
9:30-10 Kristin D.
10:10-11 Nole
11:10-12 Rae

THURSDAY
11-11:50 Beau
2-2:50 Madison
3-3:50 Michael

FRIDAY
11-11:50 Briana

Friday, August 14, 2015

Dr. Kris Voice Studio UPDATE!

Hi again folks,

It turns out there will NOT be a studio meeting on Wednesday, August 26: that will be a required Convocation for everyone, but you will all stay in Hulsey Recital Hall for the entire time. Since the first time I will see everyone will be Friday the 28th (my studio, 12:20), I would like to attempt to assign your regular lesson time by the first day of class. This means that I need everyone's schedule BEFORE the first day of class. Please send it to me no later than Thursday, August 20. That will give me time to assemble the house of cards that a voice schedule truly becomes! Right now, I only have schedules for Rae, Nole, and Michael. Everyone else, please email me at khw@uab.edu ASAP.

Thanks, and you soon!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Dr. Kris Voice Studio

Hi folks,

I hope you're enjoying the last few weeks of summer. Here's the plan for the first week of school:

Give me your schedule ASAP, preferably by the first day of class. You may email it to me or put it on my door (Hulsey 249). I don't need to know what classes you have when: I only need to know when you're free. Keep it simple.

Sign up for a lesson time during the first week of class. This may or may not end up being your regular time: it's just to get us going. Stay tuned here to learn of your regular lesson time: it may change if we have a scheduling conflict. If you have pieces you'd like to work on in your first lesson, bring them. If you don't, please don't worry about it: we'll choose them together. If you have a recital coming up and/or music ready to work, please arrange for Dr. Steele to join us at your lesson that first week. If the time you chose doesn't work for him, this might mean choosing a different time. Please be flexible, and be sure he has your music ahead of time. Depending on your regular lesson time, you may have a different pianist for the rest of the semester.

Come to the studio meeting on Wednesday at 12:20. Everyone meets first in Hulsey Recital Hall; you will then be directed to your teachers' studios. Again, my studio is room 249. At that time, we'll finalize schedules and have a brief studio meeting.

Come to our first studio class on Friday at 12:20. Again, we'll meet in my studio. No need to bring anything, unless I specify to do so during our Wednesday meeting. I predict we'll spend most of the time laying out expectations for the semester.

If you have any questions, contact me. There is no such thing as a stupid question! Feel free to email me at khw@uab.edu if you are unsure about anything at all.

See you soon!

Dr. Kris


Jury sheets available

Hi folks, I have your jury sheets, and am happy to go over them with you. Though many of you may already be gone, I am here for the next t...