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Friday, September 30 • 10:55am - 11:55am
Vocal Lessons 101 for Librarians

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Do you provide weekly storytimes at your library? Do your job duties involve class instruction or presentations? Would you like to learn the full potential of how you can effectively use your voice to sing, read and speak in a healthy way? Many librarians are required to use their voice in a public way on a daily or weekly basis. Repetitive use can cause strain on the voice and sometimes cause the speaker or singer to go hoarse.  In this session you will learn the basics of how your voice works, how you can maintain its health, and how correct breathing technique can help you project without strain or injury. Librarian Monica Stratton, also a trained singer, will lead you through a series of breathing and vocal exercises as you discover the potential of your voice. She will give you tips you can use at your own library to explore your voice and use its full potential as you speak, sing, or read for classroom instruction, presentations, or storytime sessions. Come prepared to breath deeply and vocalize with clarity!


Monica Stratton, Branch Manager & Children's Coordinator, Ramsey County Library

Monica has over 18 years experience as a children's librarian providing weekly storytimes. She currently serves as the MLA-CYP Chair. Additionally, she has an advanced degree in vocal performance and sings professionally in the Twin Cities area.

Friday September 30, 2016 10:55am - 11:55am CDT
St. Louis River Room