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Why I've Been MIA, and Why I Want to Hear From YOU!

So, I accidentally took a summer "hiatus."

For the last two (ok, maybe three) months, I’ve been hard at work writing my final thesis for my master’s degree. And guess what? It’s about this blog! I’m so excited to share all of the details with you guys in the coming weeks.  Now that I've wrapped up my defense, I'm ready to get back at it for another great school year.


Here I am post-defense with my thesis committee. Pictured left to right: Carmen Pelton (voice), Julie Skadsem (M.E./ conducting), and Colleen Conway (M.E.)

I’ve been jotting down some ideas for new posts, and so far I’ve been considering things like:


  • What I’m learning in my jazz improv class

  • The things I didn’t learn in undergrad

  • Classroom management strategies

  • What we can learn about teaching from pop music

  • What instrumental teachers can do to establish solid vocal technique with their choirs


Those are just a few things I’ve been thinking about. But, if my research has taught me anything, it’s that we learn best from each other…which is why I would LOVE to hear from you!

Tell me what you want more of from The Chorus Room. Maybe you want more strategies for establishing vocal technique, or silly stories about my students? Or perhaps you’d be interested in reading more about advocacy, or work-life balance? I 100% want to hear what you have to say, so if you would take a second and let me know in the comments, or by filling out the google form attached below, that’d be cool.


Speaking of cool, I hope you’re enjoying summer break by the pool, the beach, or inside in the a/c while you Netflix binge. This break is well-deserved!

saugatuk dunes.jpg

My husband and I got to visit Lake Michigan this summer, and it was beautiful! We went to Saugatuk Dunes State Park, and got ferocious sunburns. Totally worth the trip, but if you decide to visit, just know that it's about a mile hike from the parking lot to the dunes. We didn't do our research beforehand and were not prepared for it! image:

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