Teaching Artist Spotlight: Jerry Phelps
One of the newer Teaching Artists on the Singnasium roster, Jerry Phelps, teaches the very popular, Piano for Singers. Students flex their muscles by learning how to accompany themselves while they sing. We recently reached out to Jerry to get a peak into his world.
Tell us a little about your musical background.
If you could do a duet with anyone, living or dead, who would it be, why, and what song?
What an impossible question to ask a singer! There are so many voices I love, but I'd probably say Cece Winans or Brandy. I spent much of my adolescence trying to learn every single thing they did vocally. They both have that rare combination of insanely versatile and flexible voices and a genuine sing-from-their-toes sort of tone.
How did you get into teaching?
I don't ever remember not teaching. When I played school with my sisters and cousins as a child, I was the principal. I've always felt like a teacher and knew that much of my life would be teaching others.
What have learned over the last year during the pandemic?
I've learned to love and hate Zoom. I love how much it can keep us connected, but I miss making music in real life. I've been joking, but I'm pretty serious when I say: I CANNOT WAIT TO PAY $8.50 FOR A FLAT DIET COKE AND A RUDE WAITRESS IN A CABARET ROOM!
What are the first three things you are going to do when all of this is over?
Hug the people I love for a very long time. Go out dancing. Sing on a stage!