"Music is what feelings sound like."  ~Author Unknown

"Sing with the beauty that is YOU!" ~ Kelly Himes
 

 

The Short Version
Kelly Himes has worked in the field of voice for almost 30 years.  As a master teacher of all things voice, she is at home with virtually any genre or style.  Himes, as many of her younger students call her, is entering her 20th year in affiliation with local school districts as a vocal teacher. She continues her reciprocal relationship with the UTSW Voice Clinic in Dallas, and is also a licensed certified Speech-Language Pathologist. 

If you asked Himes’ about the favorite aspects of her job, she’d tell you this: The opportunity to nurture great art and put it to the stage; and the chance to work with so many different styles and genres.  

Country and western, Arias and Art Songs, Praise and Worship, All State,  Musical Theatre Belters, monologue coaching and a college consultations...and that might just be on any given day!  Come check out the Himes’ Studio!  It’s NEVER dull here!

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                                                         Himes Studio 2019 NATS Musical Theatre Team ~ All made Semis,
                                                         3 made finals, and Ethan won the HS Men’s Division! 


“Taking voice lessons from Mrs Himes was quickly one of the best decisions I have ever made. She creates a comfortable environment for her students to experiment and learn about their voice, and helps them gain confidence and maturity in their singing.  Her energy and passion for music and teaching make her so unique and fun to work with! Thank you so much for all you have done for me!” ~ Nicole Glaser, 2019 Graduate and placing 4th in the NATS Classical Division, attending Texas Christian University, studying Actuarial Science


The Long Version, for those who need the details. 
Kelly’s background is unusual for a music teacher!   With a B.A. in Speech and Drama, and an M.S. in  Speech Language Pathology with an emphasis in voice science, her diversity of experience contributes to her knowledge and effectiveness.  She holds national certification and Texas licensure in Speech Language Pathology and in 2010 completed Level III Certification in 
Somatic Voiceworktm, The LoVetri Method, and returned in 2014 for post-grad courses in jazz/gospel/soul, classical training and vocal health management in contemporary singers.  In 2019, she completed the Contemporary Commercial Vocal Pedagogy Institute of Shenedoah Conservatory. 

Kelly is entering her 4th  year as a voice teacher in Northwest ISD, and her 3rd  year at Byron Nelson High School. For 2 decades she has maintained  a home studio, focusing on vocal training for singers and actors as well as voice therapy with performers who have developed vocal difficulties.  Kelly’s students are regularly seen in the TMEA All State Choruses, in the Dallas Summer Musical and Betty Buckley Awards processes, as NATS Finalists and Winners, as Outstanding Soloists in the Texas State Solo Competition, and in University programs around the country. 

During her 11 years as an enrichment teacher with Keller ISD, Kelly served as voice teacher as Central High School for 8 years, where she vocal coached numerous students and musicals.  She made her debut as Music Director in the Keller ISD District Wide Musical "Grease" in October 2016, followed by "The Drowsy Chaperone" with Keller High School in May of 2017, “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” at Keller High School in November of 2017, “In the Heights” at Central High in November of 2017 and “Hairspray” at Central High School  in May of 2018.  Kelly is also an accomplish recital, musical theater and pit band pianist. 

 

Kelly has worked in the field of voice for more than two decades, first as a medical speech pathologist and voice therapist, and in the last 17 years as a private voice teacher, voice therapist, classroom music teacher and accompanist.  She has a strong background in vocal performance and theater, including: community theater, regional premiers, Christian theater, studio session singing, television performances, and hosting of a cable TV program.  Kelly has also made numerous presentations regarding vocal issues at the local, state and national level. She has directed various musical and dramatic productions, enjoyed performances of her arranged works, and is a published author. 

 

In addition to teaching, she has remained active as a performer and accompanist.  Kelly was the pit band pianist for the Voices of Central Show Choir at Central High School, the only nationally competitive show choir in the state of Texas. She was a member of the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Master Chorale, the official vocal ensemble of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra for 4 seasons and has had the privilege of performing at Bass Hall, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center.  She served as a member of both the Board of Directors and the Executive Board for the Chorale, and as the soprano section leader.  Kelly also served on the Board of Directors for the Hall Ensemble (www.hallensemble.org), a chamber music ensemble in Fort Worth.  Kelly participates in church,  community and professional endeavors, and is regularly featured as a soloist and guest artist. 

 

Prior to embarking on teaching private music lessons, Kelly worked for more than a decade in the field of medicine and voice disorders where she dealt with vocal professionals such as singers, actors, conductors, radio announcers, etc., who developed difficulties with their voices due to misuse or abuse of the voice.  She held an Adjunct Faculty position at UNT in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, and for 4 years taught the Master's Level class in Voice and Disorders through the UNT distance learning program.  As a result of her career in medicine and voice, she is passionate about maintaining vocal health, and has extensive knowledge regarding anatomy, physiology and use of the voice.

 

Kelly has studied voice for many years with several area teachers, and professors at OBU, UTA and TCU.  She has  completed Master Classes at TCU and at the Spoletto Voice Conference Festival.  Kelly has had the privilege of studying with world-renown Singing Voice Specialist and vocal pedagogue Jeannette LoVetri. (http://www.thevoiceworkshop.com/lovetri.html).  Kelly has also completed classes with jazz/gospel artist Dr. Trineice Robinson, classical and musical theater pedagogue Dr. Barbara Caprilli,  vocal teacher and scientist Dr. Stephen F. Austin, and singing voice specialist Dr. Wendy LeBorgne. 

 

Kelly’s experience with piano began as a young child and has included numerous competitions.  She began accompanying soloists and choirs by the time she was 11.  She has served as the accompanist for the Honor Choirs at Trinity Meadows Intermediate School in Keller ISD and for the Trinity Springs Titan Band Solo/Ensemble Competition.  She was previously on staff at White's Chapel UMC as accompanist and drama coordinator. 

 

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts, Speech and Drama, UTA 1989
  • Masters of Science, Communication Disorders, UNT 1991
  • Levels I, II, and III Somatic Voiceworktm, The LoVetri Method, Contemporary Commercial Music Institute, Shenandoah University, 2010
  • Post-Certification Courses in Gospel and Soul, Classical Singing and Voice Therapy at the Contemporary Commercial Music Institute, Shenandoah University, 2014. 
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Professional Affiliations and Memberships

 

  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
  • Voice Special Interest Division, ASHA
  • Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • National Association of Teachers of Singing
  • Texas Music Educator Association
  • Somatic Voicework Teacher Association

 

Licensure and Certification

  • Licensed by the State of Texas in Speech-Language Pathology
  • Certificate of Clinical Competence,  American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • Somatic Voiceworktm, The LoVetri Method (Level III Certification and post-graduate seminars)

 

 I teach LIFE!  Music is the modality.  ~ Kelly Himes