BRENDA CAROL VOCAL LESSONS

Online lessons available using:

Skype username: yesbrenda / Zoom / FaceTime / FaceBook Messenger Video

Contact: Brenda Carol at Email: darwynrecords@yahoo.com for more details.

Brenda Carol has been educating and coaching vocalists since 1994. She performs in Canada and the U.S. holds jazz/rock master classes for all ages and teaches music privately. Carol is presently rehearsing and writing for a new recording of original songs. This will be Carol’s sophmore album and her third recording officially released. 

Carol’s practical approach to teaching has evolved through 25 years of private vocal study, piano, guitar, flute and percussion lessons. From beginner to professional, Carol continues teaching some of the finest, up-and-coming, emerging vocalists in all styles of singing from across the globe.

Email: Brenda Carol

Fees rates are based upon request only. Block lesson times available by request. Private vocal lessons. In studio lessons. Group vocal lessons available upon request. Beginner piano, guitar and theory lessons. No audition required. First come first served.

Online lessons are available for students studying vocals, guitar and beginner piano using the following technologies: Skype, FaceTime, Facebook messenger, Zoom and WhatsAp. Payment is offered through PayPal and eTransfer. 

 Do you have a question about singing or music lessons? You can ask questions anytime. Email: Brenda Carol
 

  • What I Teach:
    • All styles of vocal music: pop, rock, hip hop, alt, hot a/c, classical, country, prog rock, blues, jazz (vocalese), swing, Broadway, gospel, folk and R & B. Audition preparation available.
    • Specialization: pop, rock, jazz, prog rock, gospel, country, hip hop and folk, group vocals, live/recording and performance.
    • Ages 4 +: generally some restrictions apply for younger singers. Ages 4 + beginner piano and guitar lessons.
    • Fee schedule and block lesson purchases available upon request. Semestered fee schedule for ages 4 – Post Secondary.
    • Emphasis on proper skill development, reading and of course, enjoyment!
    • Reading: Learn to read music, improve sight-singing skills, develop ear-training, and theory practice. RCM theory exam preparation available.
    • Beginner to professional development – voice instruction (vocal lessons) and vocal (repertoire) coaching available.
    • Professional Development: musicianship, style and interpretation, career preparation and development, efficient vocal function and the development of vocal health throughout your singing career.
    • Brenda Carol CD’s are available from the artist directly: Buy from the artist! Also available for download at: itunes!  I Amazon   
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    • BRENDA CAROL CV & Qualifications:
      • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology York University, Toronto, ON Canada
      • 25 years of formal and private study: vocal, guitar, theory, piano and flute.
      • Instruments: voice, guitar, clarinet, flute, tenor saxophone, piano, and percussion. Professional Experience:
      • Producer and professional recording artist – Independent Releases: “brenda carol” 1998 and “Live At HotHouse Cafe” 2000  I Available on itunes.
      • Over 20 years of professional singing experience in established and private venues, internationally.
      • Over 20 years of experience teaching music within the Board of Education and Early Childhood Education settings.
      • 20 years of professional private vocal instruction and teaching experience – all ages, all levels.
      • Co-owner and operator of the independent record label, Darwyn Records.
      • Member of the Toronto Musicians Association (T.M.A.) and Local 149 of the American Federation of Musicians.
      • Listed with All About Jazz.com
      • Listed with MusicStaff.com
      • Listed in Scott Yanow’s, “The Jazz Singers – The Ultimate Guide”, 2009.
      • Listed in the “World Who’s Who In Jazz, Cabaret Music And Entertainment.” (Vol 1)
      • Performance review and reference in Bill Martin’s, “Listening To The Future – The Time of Progressive Rock, 1968-1978”.
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      • Computer Skills:
      • Systems: imac, macbook pro, Mac OS X, PC, Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows NT, Microsoft Office, Adobe Illustrator 7.0 and PhotoShop 8.0 CS2, Windows Media Player, Real Audio, Mp3 etc. Web Skills
      • Wix, Word Press, SquareSpace, etc… Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 Design Premium: Adobe Dreamweaver CS5.5, Adobe Flash CS5.5, Adobe Illustrator CS5.1, Adobe Photoshop CS5.1, Studio 8: Dreamweaver 8, Flash 8, Fireworks, Contribute, HTML, JavaScript 1.5, Microsoft FrontPage 2000, Claris Homepage, Dream weaver 4.0, Macromedia Flash MX, Macromedia – Director 7, Microsoft FrontPage 1.0b for Mac, Netscape Communicator 4.7, Microsoft Explorer 5.0, Safari, Opera Fine Art Skills & Development
      • Visual Artist: drawing, indian ink, woodcuts, painting, sculpture. (images to come)
      • printmaker: woodcuts, steel etchings, lithography, and mono-prints
      • drawing: pencil, pen and ink, charcoal, pastels, and Indian ink
      • painter: acrylic, water colour, oil, and collage
      • Computer Programs: Adobe Illustrator CS5.5, Adobe Photoshop CS5.5, Adobe Illustrator 9.0, Adobe Photoshop 8 8.0 CS2, ArcSoft PhotoStudio 2000 Web Site Designs and Site Management:
      • Victoria Dixon: Victoria Dixon Makeup
      • Gwynne Giles: Beach Studio Toronto
      • The Discarded: TheDiscarded.ca 
  • Web Page Designs/Setups for Musicians:
George Koller & Brenda Carol, Peace Theatre BCRJF, 2007.

Pedagogy & Qualifications:
 

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, York University, Toronto, ON Canada 
minor in Music Composition. 

25 years of formal and private study: vocal, guitar, theory, piano and flute. Instruments: voice, guitar, clarinet, flute, tenor saxophone, piano, and percussion.

Lineage Of Vocal Pedagogy: 

Bill Vincent – spoken level singing technique training

Lynn McDonald – private jazz vocal lessons

Louise Lambert – private pop/jazz vocal lessons

Ms. Jaye – private rock/folk vocal lessons

Jazz Vocal Masterclasses & Study:

Jon Hendricks – The Art of Jazz Series 

Kevin Mahogany – The Art of Jazz Series

Susannah McCorkle

Meredith d’Ambrosio

Annie Ross

June Christy

Doris Day

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Jazz Vocal Influences:

Jon Hendricks – The Art of Jazz Series 

Kevin Mahogany – The Art of Jazz Series

Ella Fitzgerald

Flora Purim

Annie Ross

Progressive Rock Vocal Influences:

Jon Anderson – YES

Chris Squire – YES

John Wetton – King Crimson, ASIA, Solo

Peter Gabriel – Genesis, Solo

Anne Wilson – Heart

Composition Training: York University

Professional Experience: Producer and professional recording artist – Independent Releases: “brenda carol” 1998 and “Live At HotHouse Cafe” 2000. Available on itunes. 

Over 20 years of professional singing experience in established and private venues, internationally. 

Over 20 years of experience teaching music within the Board of Education and Early Childhood Education settings. 

20 years of professional private vocal instruction and teaching experience – all ages, all levels. 

Co-owner and operator of the independent record label, DARWYN RECORDS. 

Member of the Toronto Musicians Association (T.M.A.) and Local 149 of the American Federation of Musicians. 

Listed with All About Jazz.com Listed with MusicStaff.com Listed in Scott Yanow’s, “The Jazz Singers – The Ultimate Guide”, 2009. 

Listed in the “World Who’s Who In Jazz, Cabaret Music And Entertainment.” (Vol 1) 

Performance review and reference in Bill Martin’s, “Listening To The Future – The Time of Progressive Rock, 1968-1978”. 

“Brenda Carol is one of the finest jazz vocalists singing today.” – Lee Prosser, Jazz Review 

“If you haven’t had the opportunity to hear them live, grab a copy of this CD. After listening I predict that you’ll be in the audience next time.” – Bill McLean, beach metro Community News 

“Carol has a well-rounded set of pipes…. [her] feathery croon wraps the lyrics in a warm caress. Carol’s contributions on [“Lucky Seven”] respectfully recall shades of Joni Mitchell.” – Derek Taylor, Cadence Magazine 

“This bright new singer is a welcome addition to the Canadian jazz scene and carries on the tradition of such luminaries as Chris Connor and June Christy. The young lady is a pure jazz singer in every sense of the word.” – Richard Bourcier, Jazz Review.com 

“[Brenda Carol] refreshingly makes the lyrics of a tune become like seeds flowering into a new life, vision, vitality and dimension. Whether wistful or joyous she relays the many moods of each song directly, powerfully, yet beautifully.” – Joanne Brackeen, jazz pianist/educator 

“There is an economy, and a directness, to what Brenda does that is exceedingly rare, moreso every day.” – Bill Martin, associate professor of philosophy, DePaul University, Chicago author of Music of Yes and Listening to the future 

“With her beautiful voice, creative explorations, and joyful desire to continue stretching the boundaries of jazz, Brenda Carol promises to be a major force in modern music for many years to come. A very talented jazz singer”. – Scott Yanow, author of The Jazz Singers, The Ultimate Guide 

Listed in the “World Who’s Who In Jazz, Cabaret Music And Entertainment.” (Vol 1) 

Performance review and reference in Bill Martin’s, “Listening To The Future – The Time of Progressive Rock, 1968-1978”.

Photo Credits: Hair, Makeup and Photography by Victoria Dixon, 2019.