About the Show
Let me be your diva sidekick when it comes to staying focused and extra sparkly in your singing career.
Megan Ihnen is a professional mezzo-soprano, teacher, writer, and arts entrepreneur who is passionate about helping other musicians and high art creative professionals live their best lives.
Studio Class is an outgrowth of her popular #29DaystoDiva series from The Sybaritic Singer blog. Did you feel like you simply ran out of time during studio class to talk about some of the necessary business elements of your career? Do not despair, divas! This podcast is meant for you!
Episode 17: How To Change The World Through Classical Music - Part II
August 27th, 2017
25 mins 23 secs
change the world, classical music, new music, opera, singing, social justice, voice
I’m attempting to answer one of my own big questions, “How Do You Change The World Through Classical Music?” Yes. It’s a hefty topic. I have had this nagging feeling that I need to devote some of my attention to how my art can be a force for good and world events don’t seem to be slowing that need or quieting that internal voice at all. It’s getting louder and more insistent. Divas, not only do I want to help you make it rain in your business but I want to help you change the world while you’re at it.
Episode 16: How To Change The World Through Classical Music
August 20th, 2017
19 mins 51 secs
change the world, classical music, diva, music education, music therapy, opera, voice
In this episode, I’m attempting to answer one of my own big questions, “How Do You Change The World Through Classical Music?”
Episode 15: What Are Your Diva Metrics?
August 13th, 2017
25 mins 17 secs
choosing goals, classical singing, micro actions, new music, opera, singer goals, singer metrics
In this 15th episode, I’m answering a listener question! Mary, who goes by the artist name Alarke, asked me, “What metrics do you use to monitor your growth and how often do you check them? Do you outsource help?"
Episode 14: Brand Yourself - Personal Branding for Divas
August 6th, 2017
27 mins 16 secs
branding, classical singing, opera, personal brand, singer
Personal branding is important for singers because you are your own business. In this episode, we'll go over some activities that you can do to understand your personal brand better.
Episode 13: Build A Diva
July 30th, 2017
27 mins 10 secs
bio, classical singing, epk, press kit, resume, singer
Your digital press kit (often also called an electronic press kit or EPK) is meant to collate important information about you as a singer for presenters, applications, and media professionals.
Episode 12: Make It Rain: Your Network = Your Net Worth
April 2nd, 2017
25 mins 42 secs
classical singing, communications, diva, networking
In this 12th episode, we’re going back to my “Rainmaker’s Guide to Music Business” lecture and diving into the network portion.
Episode 11: Goal Setting for Your Diva Life
March 19th, 2017
16 mins 23 secs
classical singing, diva, goal-setting, metrics, opera
Goal setting is all about milestones. Let's discover where you are and what's left to tackle.
Episode 10: Leveling Up - Diva Style
March 12th, 2017
49 mins 36 secs
auditions, classical music, networking, opera singing, performing
This episode comes from a music business lecture I do called "Make It Rain" and it covers the different stages of your creative career.
Episode 9: Your Practice Plan
February 26th, 2017
34 mins 4 secs
classical singing, intrinsic motivation, memorization techniques, opera, setting intentions
In this 9th episode, I’m gonna take a little different path. I’m going to just talk about some things that I’ve been mentioning in the studio. I work with singers of all different ages and abilities and motivation and practicing are universal.
Episode 8: Kicking Perfectionism to the Curb
February 19th, 2017
classical singing, opera, overpreparing, perfectionism, under-doing
In this episode, I want to talk about the dangers of perfectionism. Perfectionism can manifest in a couple of ways and we’re going to talk about over-doing and under-doing as a couple of things to watch out for as well as how to accept both failure and success as part of the path.
Episode 7: The Post-Show Schmooze
February 12th, 2017
19 mins 20 secs
audience development, classical singing, networking, opera, schmooze
Get your post-show schmooze on, divas, with this quick and fun punchlist! This Studio Class episode helps you decipher what an audience member or performer can do to up their schmoozing game directly after a performance.
Episode 6: Create Your Singing Team
February 5th, 2017
35 mins 53 secs
auditions, classical music, gertrude stein, opera singing, performing, salons, singer
You have heard it said before, “it takes a village.” The simple truth in that statement is that we are only one person and have only 24 hours in a day. When we combine a reliable and skilled team of people the effort can be exponentially broadened.
Episode 5: The Audition is Never Over!
January 29th, 2017
26 mins 55 secs
auditions, classical music, opera singing, performing
Observe and learn from those that you find the most charismatic. You do not have to mimic their actions, speaking-style, or look. Simply identify what it is you find most engaging about them and see how you could apply that technique to your own life.
Episode 4: Audition Like You Mean It!
January 22nd, 2017
24 mins 57 secs
auditions, classical music, opera singing, performing
If you are one of those poor souls who dreads auditions (as many of us do) make preparation your ally against all anxiety. Auditioning is truly a separate art form than singing or stage performance and it is the place where divas are made. If you can audition well, you can practically take over the world.