I was a very proud teacher! This kid just delights and delights, both on stage and in the voice studio.
This month marks 30 years of professional music-teaching and music-making.
Following a successful run as Uncle Max in The Sound of Music at Blue Springs City Theatre in December 1987, several people asked me for voice lessons.
I was working at the time for a McDonald’s franchise owner, in public relations.
The first one to ask about instruction was Janon Cairns, the costumer for the theatre. Her 7th-grade son, Brad, was interested in theatre, and she wanted him to have lessons.
I said yes.
The first lesson occurred in January 1988.
I had no idea what I was doing.
But somehow, I was good at it, or at least people thought so, and more people wanted lessons. Later that year, when it was time to leave the food-service world, I ‘hung out a shingle’ that effectively said “Jeffrey Carter, voice teacher,” and soon enough had sufficient private students to make a living.
Not long after, I bought the Kawai grand piano.
And not long after that, the local community college called, looking for someone new to lead the Jacomo Chorale and teach music appreciation.
The rest is history.
And it all started in earnest 30 years this month.
As I am yet again at the annual meeting of the Missouri Music Educators Association, I’m reminded of a blog entry from several years ago. These sentiments are still true and honest.
Yesterday I visited with colleagues of many years, children of former teachers, professors who taught me nearly 30 years ago, former students, Webster alumni, and dear friends from today and yesterday.
Audition season is here.
From my private voice studio:
And all four of my seniors are prepping for college auditions.
I’m a happy teacher.
My young student Spencer Jones is out on tour right now with The King and I.
He had a vacation week, and we took time at a lesson on Saturday to record a few of his current numbers.
Here’s Scott Evan Davis’ “If the world only knew”–
Spencer, of course, could not help mugging for the camera at the end of the song.
Spencer is my private voice student. He was previously in Lisa’s studio, to great effect.
This summer Spencer played the role of Flounder in The Little Mermaid at the Muny. He subsequently played Jerome at Stages STL in South Pacific.
And today he is off on a big adventure, heading south to join the Lincoln Center tour of The King and I as part of the children’s ensemble, and understudying the two roles of Louis and the Prince.
I’m awfully proud of this guy, and I’ll miss seeing him for a few months . . . but not as much as his tight-knit family will.
Go make us, proud, kid! We’ll see you soon on a holiday, and here at the Fox later this year!!