Ravyn Lenae

RavynLenae@Bringin' Down The House

Ravyn Lenae

I have been teaching voice students for the past two years. Though I have a Master of Music Degree and have extensively studied vocal pedagogy, I was never inclined to teach. I was very busy with my own performing career and just didn’t feel that I had the time.

During the summer of 2013, I received a call from The Chicago High School for the Arts (ChiArts), asking if I would like to teach there. I was surprised and flattered by this invitation. After adjusting my schedule, I decided to take the challenge.

As a result of my book Music, Money & You; Managing the Business, I was asked to teach a course called Professional Development for Vocalists. My class consisted of 16 eager high school juniors. After just one class period, I fell in love with these bright, engaging young students. We covered a great deal of material. The students learned a lot from me and I learned a lot from them. It was a wonderful exchange.

For the 2014-2015 academic year, I was asked to teach Music Theory Fundamentals in addition to Professional Development for Vocalists. These two courses would give me a classroom teaching load of 6 hours per week. This was perfect, as I would still have time for my own performing and speaking engagements. The Music Theory Fundamentals class would consist of 12 freshman students. This was a new challenge but I rose to the occasion and I have loved every minute spent with these students.

In addition to teaching in the classroom, I have taken on a number of voice and piano students in Dr. Pope’s Private Music Studio. I am very proud of each and every one of my private students. They are exceptionally talented and they are doing wonderful things. Ariana Burks is starring as Alice in “Wonderland, Alice’s Rock and Roll Adventure,” Eden Elyse is playing the role of Little Inez in the Drama Group’s production of “Hairspray.” I am working with Rachel to write original music and prepare a recording project. Eleven year old Noa is learning a classical Italian Art Song and I am working with Nathan to prepare a singing/guitar presentation for his September Bar Mitzvah. Jordan is getting ready for a concert that she’ll be doing in the fall and I’m teaching Chloe and Shane piano along with the basics of music theory. Samareah, Christian, Vanessa, Maya, Esperanza and Jillian are preparing for juries and upcoming auditions.

My voice student and protege Ravyn Lenae is a sophomore at ChiArts and is really making a splash on the music scene. She has recorded her original song entitled Blossom Dearie and has made a music video. I have shared a link to her music video below. Ravyn Lenae is someone to watch. She’s talented, lovely and on her way! Check out Ravyn Lenae!





About gretapope

Dr. Greta Pope has enjoyed a three decade career as an in-demand entertainer for corporate events, as well as public and private events of all types. She has performed throughout Europe, the Far East, South America and the Caribbean, as well as in the United States and Canada. Dr. Pope is a published author. Her book is entitled Music, Money & You; Managing the Business. It is used in the Chicago Public Schools and is available at booksellers nationwide. Dr. Pope is President/CEO of Greta Pope Entertainment, Inc. since January 1991. The company is in the business of Entertainment Production, Publishing, Recording and Educating. Greta Pope Entertainment products include the shows Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, American Songbook, American Jazz in Paris and International Intourlude. The most recent Greta Pope Entertainment, Inc. production is the very popular MOTOWN...Pride of the Motor City! show. For more info visit www.gretapope.com Dr. Greta Pope is the founder of the PrivateMusicStudio.net, where she offers Business Education products for Singers, including Business Courses, Business Consultations, Voice Lessons and Piano Lessons. She also hosts The Business Savvy Singer Podcast. For more information or to join the "tribe" of Business Savvy Singers, visit www.privatemusicstudio.net
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