Alex Dovgala-Carr – Voice Teacher

Voice, Piano, Guitar, Ukulele
Bachelor’s in Music Therapy, Temple University
Specializes in students with disabilities

voice, piano, lessons, music, philly, fishtownI teach all levels of voice, beginner/intermediate piano, and beginner guitar and ukulele. I enjoy incorporating songwriting, musical improvisation, and music theory into any lesson. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Therapy from Temple University, I also specialize in adaptive lessons (lessons for students with special needs.)

I have explored my passion for singing, learning instruments, participating in ensembles, and performing since early childhood.  With more than ten years of professional training in voice and the above instruments, my recent performance experience includes singing as a soloist and chorister in many college and community choirs and venues such as the Kimmel Center, the White House, and the Mann Music Center. I also performed frequently with my pop a cappella group, OwlCappella, and gig often with original songs.  My degree provided me with diverse musical training and 1,200 clinical hours of designing and providing therapeutic music experiences for all ages, backgrounds, and health goals.  The majority (1,000) of my clinical hours were at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and I have extensive experience as a teaching assistant at several special needs schools.

With a lifetime love of performing and an intensive four-year degree in music therapy, I have a unique ability to gear lessons towards whatever goals a student may have. We can focus on technique and classical repertoire, meaningful music-making, building performance skills, or anything in between! My ultimate goal is to fulfill the needs and goals of each unique student.

 

When did you begin singing, and why?
I began singing before I could talk, but I formally started lessons around age 12. I have always felt that I express myself and communicate more naturally through song, and it is a lifelong goal to cultivate my voice into a stronger musical tool every day.

 

What other instruments do you play, and what is your experience with them?
I started piano lessons around age 10, and have continued to practice throughout my four-year music therapy degree at Temple University. I have also played percussion in band ensembles since age 10, up through my first year of college in the “Night Owls” band at Temple University. I learned guitar and ukulele over the past three years as part of my music therapy degree, incorporating it (and all aforementioned instruments) as a functional accompaniment for music therapy sessions.

 

What are your personal goals as a musician?
My personal goals are to continue to build my technique on a range of instruments, to strengthen my range of vocal styles, and to record and perform with further emotional connection to my music!

 

Do you have a memory of a time when a musical concept or technique really clicked?  Something you’ll remember forever?
I have had several moments with my a cappella group OwlCappella where I was singing a solo or singing as a supporting member and the connectivity between our group gave me chills. I’ll never forget the moment we all became fully invested in the emotional expression of a song, through harmony, words, and vocal tone. There are no words to describe the feeling I received from the uninhibited emotional support my fellow members gave me through music.

 

What is your favorite piece of advice from one of your past (or current) teachers?
My favorite piece of advice came from a critique from my first vocal coach. He pointed out that when I stopped singing like a “wilting flower,” I used better technique and showed more expression. It showed me that you can’t have good music until you fully give yourself over to it.

 

What was your most challenging moment learning an instrument?
My most challenging moment was with guitar–learning to dedicate the needed amount of practice time to this instrument when I had such higher knowledge of voice, piano, percussion, and music therapy as a whole.

 

What is your biggest musical achievement?
Singing a solo at the White House during the holiday season with my a cappella group (All I Want for Christmas is You.)

 

Favorite thing about teaching?
I love helping students find personal strength through building their skill. Achieving a technical goal feels good, but the personal touch we can put into phrasing and song choice can bring anyone a personal connection to, and feeling of empowerment through music.

 

What is a piece of advice you would like to share with anyone learning music?
I think it is always imperative to remember why you are learning music and envision how far you want to go with it. If you want to play like a rock star, practice harder to get there!

 

Personal music projects
I am trying to build my own collection of basic recording equipment to record as much as possible (original songs and hopefully a Christmas album!) I’m also always looking to gig and share my music with my community online and in person!