Courtney Crouse

Courtney Crouse

Dr. Courtney Crouse is a Professor of Voice at the Wanda L. Bass School of Music teaching advanced vocal pedagogy, vocal performance, opera, and musical theater majors. Crouse received her DM and MM from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and her BA from Texas Wesleyan University. She is also an active performer of operatic, musical theater, and jazz repertoire. IG: drcrousewillseeyounow

Practicing During the Coronavirus Epidemic

The coronavirus quarantine has been a time of ups and downs for many of us, so I would like to share some practical and inspirational ideas for practice during this time of isolation. Quarantine can be an unprecedented gift of time despite the challenges and anxiety that go along with it. Many are already taking advantage of it by posting their creativity on social media, while others might not have the physical place to practice or record videos, or might be feeling depressed and even shame because they are seeing so many artists inspired to create. Taking a break can be good for the soul, but when you are ready to get back to practicing, I hope these ideas can provide the kick start you need for jumping back into practicing. Know that the pressure is off for once. There are very few auditions and no live performances, therefore there is no judgement or criticism. Drop your shoulders, let go of the rigors of deadlines, and sink into a joyful practice, a time when you can forget the worries of the outside world. Play and experiment because there is no rush to be perfect right now! Try some of these ideas, and use this time to reset your mind, body, and spirit, and grow.

Common Mistakes in Learning Musical Theater Songs

The wants of the musical theater industry are constantly in flux. At the moment, the trends have moved away from wanting to hear obscure, never-before-heard songs to songs that are