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Transitions: From Private Studio to Community Music School

posted on 4:05 PM, September 29, 2016
Our Inter Nos "Independent Voices" features a new series, titled "Transitions." Associate Editor Cynthia Vaughn said about the new feature, "As singers and voice teachers we go through many transitions: such as transitioning from graduate school to professional, transitioning from a singing career to teaching, transitioning into parenting plus a teaching career, transitioning from a small town to a big city or vice versa." This first article tells the journey of Sharon Szymanski, whose "labor of love" now instructs more than 400 students.
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By Sharon Szymanski, Chapel Hill School of Musical Arts

I never saw myself as an entrepreneur when I began private teaching, but it turned out that the skills that made me a good voice teacher led me unerringly in that direction. How so?

Voice teachers care: I saw that there was a large demand in our arts-supportive community for good singing instruction and I wanted to help.

Voice teachers are good communicators: I put my written and verbal skills to good use creating marketing materials, doing free workshops and speaking with parents.

Voice teachers are excellent puzzle solvers: Just as we analyze strengths and challenges with students and devise creative strategies and processes to “complete” the puzzle that is a singer, I took the same approach with business and organizational needs and came up with creative solutions.

Voice Teachers are passionate: When you are truly passionate about your business, everyone feels it and it thrives!

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