DEBBIE MONROE
Vocal Instructor

Debbie Monroe has been a professional piano and vocal instructor for over 20 years. She has been a vocal coach for the past 14 years and is currently representing over 80 select vocalists. It is her goal to develop each student to his or her full vocal and performance potential.


MY MISSION:

As a performance coach, I utilize vocal and physical techniques to develop a singer's imagination, creativity, and emotional performance skills while working with song material.

A song performance coach helps with the voice and teaches the performance skills to take the performer to the next level. I assist artists in overcoming easily correctable vocal problems they may encounter, such as faulty breathing and voice placement. I feel that if you want to be the best performer you can, don't settle for mediocrity. Mediocrity in an artist means one who is satisfied with just memorizing words and hopefully singing on key. Our profession can be much more satisfying than that and it is my hope that I can help performers be the best they can be. I love performing, rehearsing, and teaching. The next best thing to performing is to help guide young talented singers, actors, and musicians experience fun journeys toward their professional goals.

Performance skills are developed by learning the techniques of our craft and then rehearsing those techniques while we allow ourselves to draw upon our imagination and let the music come from within. I believe a song is a story that we sing and convey to our audience. It is my belief that a true performer makes an audience want to return to see them perform over and over again. These performance skills are best developed through mutual respect between the artist and the coach, lots of laughter, and good old fashioned hard work. I am willing to do everything in my power to help a performer achieve their goal and enjoy it at the same time. It is my passion and what I love to do.

Debbie Monroe
Voice Coach


Debbie Monroe: "Someone You Should Know"

Debbie Monroe has been a professional piano and vocal instructor for over 18 years. She has been a vocal coach for the past 12 years and is currently representing many select vocalists. It is her goal to develop each student to his or her full vocal and performance potential.

Debbie began musical training at the age of 5 with piano lessons. Her talent was quickly recognized and she began professional vocal and piano preparatory at the age of twelve through the Fredonia School of Music where she trained with Marcella and Jack Sternisha (Marcella trained Natalie Merchant of 10,000 Maniacs, currently a Top 40 Solo Artist). At the same time she provided piano accompaniment for her school's 7th through 12th grade choirs.

Debbie was chosen to perform with the Chatauqua Institute Summer Choir, NYSSMA Choir, Erie County Choir, and the New York State Choir during her High School tenure. She also achieved consistent A+ scores each year at solo competitions and performed in many school musicals.

After being accepted as a Vocal and Piano Major at SUNY at Potsdam's “Crane School of Music”, Debbie received extensive piano and vocal training in all genres of music to include; Classical, Pop, Broadway, Christian, Jazz, Opera and Country. She is a graduate of SUNY at Fredonia, where she also received a Bachelor of Science in Education, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.

While attending college, Debbie performed at nightclubs throughout Western New York with a Top 40 Band as a vocalist and keyboard player. Over the past 20 years, she has sung the National Anthem for many Buffalo sports venues including The Buffalo Bisons, Blizzards, Destroyers and Bandits. Currently, many of her students sing the national anthem for these Buffalo teams.

Debbie has served as a Judge for many local events such as; “Nashville Star”-Radio WYRK, “American Idol Buffalo ”-Fox Television, and the “Kissmass Bash Idol” Contest-KISS98.5. For the past 15 years, she has served as Vocal Chairman for “The Dynamics Music Festival”.

As a result of Debbie's intense involvement in local musical and media events, she has been able to establish an intricate network of contacts to benefit her vocal students. In fact, she has been named “Someone You Should Know!” by Bee Newspaper Publications, and has been featured in The Buffalo News “NEXT” section.

Debbie Monroe is also Buffalo 's unofficial “THE VOICE” talent representative. She has arranged for her vocal students to audition for the hit TV series for the past 6 years. Debbie intends to make this an annual trip to ensure her students have the opportunity to audition for this once in a life time event. Talent management is also included in her credentials.