Studio Class

Episode Archive

Episode Archive

33 episodes of Studio Class since the first episode, which aired on January 1st, 2017.

  • Episode 31: Micro Action Monday - Spiff up your website

    November 23rd, 2020  |  15 mins 10 secs
    classical singing, micro actions, music business, singer website

    Your challenge is to create an accurate and exciting web presence.

  • Episode 30: Micro Action Monday - Get new headshots

    November 16th, 2020  |  8 mins 11 secs
    classical singing, headshots, micro actions, music business

    Headshots are our calling cards. It should look like you and hint at aspects of your personality that you will bring to the stage.

  • Episode 38: Masterclass - Sharin Apostolou MacPherson & Ryan MacPherson

    November 9th, 2020  |  1 hr 30 mins
    classical singing, masterclass, music business, opera

    It's true! The #KiltedOlive couple is here for a Studio Class Masterclass. Soprano Sharin Apostolou MacPherson and tenor Ryan MacPherson talk about building musical interpretive power, knowing when it's time to leave professional singing, and what's keeping them hopeful right now.

  • Episode 29: Micro Action Monday - Audition like a diva

    November 2nd, 2020  |  17 mins 5 secs
    auditions, classical singing, music business

    The most sublime comment I have ever heard from an audition panel was, “Wow. She really came to play…” Simply put, the audition is the best of your preparation actualized. The better the preparation – the better the audition.

  • Episode 28: Micro Action Monday - Schedule a recording

    October 26th, 2020  |  9 mins 38 secs
    classical singing, micro actions, music business, recording session

    Having good audio and video documentation is a necessity in this business. Schedule your next recording session today.

  • Episode 27: Micro Action Monday - Read competitively

    October 19th, 2020  |  7 mins 4 secs
    classical singing, community-building, music business, networking

    "I read for growth, firmly believing the what you are today and what you will be in five years depends on two things: the people you meet and the books you read." - Twyla Tharp - The Creative Habit

  • Episode 37: Fri-YAY - Applied Business Lessons

    October 14th, 2020  |  12 mins 28 secs
    arts coaching, classical singing, micro actions, music business

    Megan shares the audio from a recent Fri-YAY video all about the importance of "applied business lessons." You might have spent upwards of $20,000 in applied lessons in voice, composition, or on your instrument. How much have you invested in your business knowledge?

  • Episode 26: Micro Action Monday - Meet someone new

    October 5th, 2020  |  16 mins 6 secs
    classical singing, community-building, music business, networking

    Put yourself out there and deepen your community ties. Make plans to meet someone new at a virtual (or in person) concert!

  • Episode 25: Micro Action Monday - Write your singing bio

    September 28th, 2020  |  21 mins 19 secs
    bios, classical singing, music business

    Your bio is a music business document designed to inspire interest in your product/service. Focus on writing your bios for the decision makers you are trying to collaborate with and impress. The bio is an exercise in writing a beautifully balanced portrait of yourself as a musician.

  • Episode 24: Micro Action Monday - Polish your resume

    September 21st, 2020  |  15 mins 31 secs
    classical singing, music business, resumes

    Your goal is to make your résumé be the best first impression of your skill, training, and your professionalism.

  • Episode 23: Micro Action Monday - Practice Style

    September 14th, 2020  |  12 mins 58 secs
    micro-actions, practice

    Determine your best practice style and then make time for it in your schedule.

  • Episode 22: Teach a Voice Studio

    August 1st, 2019  |  1 hr 17 mins
    teaching, voice lessons, voice studio

    Megan Ihnen visited Hillary LaBonte's vocal pedagogy class at Bowling Green State University in Fall 2018 to discuss running a private voice studio. Thank you to Dr. LaBonte for the invitation and to her students for their excellent questions.
    If you're interested in inviting Megan to record an episode with your studio, please get in touch by emailing [email protected].

  • Episode 21: Figure Out Your Own Balance

    July 1st, 2019  |  30 mins 16 secs
    guests, residency

    Sybaritic Singer & Studio Class founder, Megan Ihnen, talks with students from UNLV's voice department about figuring out the balance of singer life.

  • Episode 20: Outcomes, Not (Mindless) Activities

    May 13th, 2018  |  47 mins 59 secs
    achievement, arts entrepreneurship, classical singing, new music, opera, setting goals, success metrics, success workbook

    "Performance begins with focusing on outcomes instead of activities. In my experience, most people do the reverse. They concentrate their efforts on the pursuit of activities instead of outcomes." Tired of the relentless busy-ness of being a musician? Let's re-focus on outcomes and avoid the temptation of mindless activity, divas, with the help of Douglas K. Smith's book "Make Success Measurable! A Mindbook-Workbook for Setting Goals and Taking Action."

  • Episode 19: Everyone Performs

    May 6th, 2018  |  38 mins 6 secs
    audience building, creative placemaking, new music, opera

    Today, we’re relying on the wisdom of Barbara Townley and Nic Beech in their book “Managing Creativity: Exploring the Paradox.” This episode covers topics such as audience building in opera and new music, collaborative creativity, creative placemaking, and how user-generated content means that audiences have different expectations of artistic experiences.

  • Episode 18: Get a lay of the land

    April 29th, 2018  |  42 mins 29 secs
    classical singing, composers, music business, new music, opera

    In this we’re taking a different approach. It’s been a little while since I’ve posted a new episode and I want to tell you about that. Then, we’re going to rely on the wisdom of Ellen Highstein and her book “Making Music in Looking Glass Land” to help us get “a lay of the land” for us that are out there performing and composing our little hearts out.

    BURNOUT IS A B****. LET’S AVOID IT. article for NewMusicBox - https://nmbx.newmusicusa.org/burnout-is-a-b-lets-avoid-it/