The Art of Popular Singing
Nancy is available for clinics and master class
Nancy Is teaching a class this Fall 2012 At Onondaga Community Collage
"Use the talents you possess - for the woods would be a very silent place if no birds sang except for the best." -Henry Van Dyke
Talent is fairly common
The decision to do something with it is rare
"[Music]...if you don't make mistakes you're not really trying." Coleman Hawkins
March 10 2008
"Nancy Kelly is not only an adorable person, but as a vocal clinician...fabulous! Obviously educated in vocal technique, jazz expertise, and life...she is my kind of teacher...kind, observant, and gets happy results! I saw students who were not bored, smiling unconsciously throughout the workshop, and singing to themselves when they left! All of these a very good sign for students! I have been holding vocal workshops for 11 years, and this was one of my favorites! Here's to Nancy!"
Cathy Segal-GarciA L.A. based jazz singer, recording artist, educator, and composer.
March 12, 2008
"What an exceptional experience! The Le Moyne College Jazzuits recently had the opportunity to work with Nancy Kelly. During their clinic, Nancy coached each student for 5-10 minutes on solos they had prepared for her introducing them to new ideas of preparing solos, stylizing them, and presenting them in performance. Nancy's experience as a world-class performer makes her a perfect clinician to bring students to another level of performance..... She communicated her skills as a performer to the students, making changes in their performance happen right on the spot. I hope that more students will have this opportunity. Kudos to a wonderful educator and performer. My impression of Nancy is.....she is the 21st century "Ella" !
Carol Jacobe Professor of Vocal Studies Le Moyne College
Vocal work shop
April 25 & 26th 2009 Jazz Central Syracuse N.Y.
Vocal Jazz Jam May 2010
Nancy Kelly has been the guest Vocal Jazz Clinician for the past 3 years at CNY Jazz Center in Syracuse, New York. I have had the pleasure of becoming acquainted with her while coordinating this annual Vocal Jazz Jam . Watching Nancy work with young Vocal Jazz musicians is a true educational as well as an exciting experience She is a wonderful coach to each student and her feedback and gentleness in improving their skills is a pleasure to watch. Observing the transformation of these young artists into a more self confident performer is a special teaching skill which Nancy so professionally articulates. She teaches each student how to stylize, work with a professional combo use a mic and lead the combo. It is a thrill to watch these Vocal Jazz musicians perform with a professional combo using the techniques that Nancy has so ably taught them.She is an expert at getting the students to sing in an appropriate range and is extremely encouraging to the students.
Nancy Kelly is an amazing performer and educator!
JoAnn Dinoff, Jazz Educator .Vocal Jazz Adjudicator for (NYSSMA) New York State School Music Association.
Nancy taught me how to take a song apart and reconstruct it to fit my voice, my style and my liking. She showed me how to study a song by listening to other singers and she taught me about the history behind the music. My entire life has been enriched by the musical knowledge she has shared with me.
Vocal Jazz Jam 2012
"How do you thank someone who has not only changed your life, but enriched it beyond your wildest dreams? How do you thank a person who has made you embrace what you already have, and like it enough to want to make it even better? Who inspires you to not only do your best, but see your best? How do you thank a person who shares their music, their gift, their soul so openly with you, and teaches you that the best way to show your appreciation for such a gift is to share it? Who's voice can stop you from looking down at the ground and stare into the stars? How do you thank someone who has become an inspiring teacher, gentle philosopher, part-time psychologist, and treasured friend? ...I guess you just say "thank you"
Jazz singer Scott Dennis
Jazz singer Scott Dennis
'"Since taking voice lessons with Nancy, I've learned about proper
breath support by using very effective vocal exercises.She has helped me to develop better body posture and has improved my
singing with things so simple as correcting my vowel pronunciation.
Nancy has the patience, and the experience to help anyone who wishes
to improve their singing."
" Nancy Kelly is a talented vocal jazz teacher, working artist, as well as a formidable person. How lucky we are that she shares with us all of her multifaceted talents. In just a year and one half, Nancy has been able to teach this old dog new tricks! During this short period of time Nancy has patiently taught me to sing and speak with conviction. Her unique style of teaching vocal jazz lessons has helped me to find my voice, its benefits spilling out into my profession as well as my life. Thank you Nancy for your individualized lessons. Laughter and singing with you is the best medicine!"
Diane Mather MS,RN,
Diane teaches nursing in the classroom at St. Joseph's College of Nursing and cares for patients with her students on a cardiovascular floor at St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center in Syracuse, New York.
" What can one say about having a terrific talent and experienced performer to teach you how to use your voice like an artist uses a paint brush - manipulating notes like strokes on the canvas, coloring phrases to achieve just the right values, using unusual perspectives to make the audience hear the "picture" of a song and then finally, putting the finishing touches on it so that it can be presented to a delighted audience! I can sincerely say I am honored, excited and blessed to be Ms. Kelly's student! She and her craft are a work of vocal and musical art!"
"I would say that you are a very enthusiastic, knowledgeable and encouraging teacher. You have an excellent ear and ability to fine tune a singer's vocal instrument to be the best one can be. I still use the yoga stretches and vocal warm ups you taught me before every gig. The most valuable tip you gave me was to BREATHE properly. Plus, you are fun to be with."
Dr. Linda Lamay
Nancy describes how to use a
microphone. Clinic June 2007 Onondaga Community Collage
Nancy describes how to use a microphone. Clinic June 2007 Onondaga Community Collage
"Musicians, whether we're successful, playing to thousands of people every night, or not so successful, playing in bars or small clubs, or not successful at all, just playing alone in your apartment to the cat, we are doing something that can heal souls, that can mend us when our spirits are broken. Whether you make a million dollars or not one cent, music and silence are priceless gifts, may you always possess them. May they always possess you"Sting May 15, 1994
Berklee Commencement Address
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