“I trained with Kara Howard for more than 12 years, during which time she transformed my inherent passion for singing into a reality. I’ve never met or trained with someone so optimistic and inspiring – and that made all the difference.”
– Heather Youmans –

“I have had many voice instructors over the years but Kara Howard is still my favorite. She helped me lay a solid foundation for my voice and I still use many of her techniques years later. Kara is a big reason why I have continued to pursue singing as a career.”
– Tara Danae –

“Music together® has brought out a spark in River and has become a fun activity that he looks forward to each week! Miss Kara makes music fun and keeps the class interesting by moving with the music, dancing throughout the room, and using instruments.”
– River’s mommy –

“Kara is a great music teacher! My son loves going to her classes and talks about her at home. She has a beautiful, soft voice and pays attention to every child in the class. We love going to Kara’s class and would strongly recommend it to everyone.”
– Ryan’s mommy –

“Music Together® has brought so much song and joy into our lives both during class and at home. My little girls love listening to the music in the car and singing and dancing at home. Class always feels like a safe space to learn connect and grow together.”
– Chloe and Veronica’s mommy –

“A class with Kara Howard is like a hug from Julie Andrews. She is the kind of teacher a parent hopes for. It is a privilege making Music together with her.”
– Coco’s mommy –

“I trained with Kara Howard for more than 12 years, during which time she transformed my inherent passion for singing into a reality. I’ve never met or trained with someone so optimistic and inspiring – and that made all the difference.”
– Heather Youmans –

“I have had many voice instructors over the years but Kara Howard is still my favorite. She helped me lay a solid foundation for my voice and I still use many of her techniques years later. Kara is a big reason why I have continued to pursue singing as a career.”
– Tara Danae –

“Music together® has brought out a spark in River and has become a fun activity that he looks forward to each week! Miss Kara makes music fun and keeps the class interesting by moving with the music, dancing throughout the room, and using instruments.”
– River’s mommy –

“Kara is a great music teacher! My son loves going to her classes and talks about her at home. She has a beautiful, soft voice and pays attention to every child in the class. We love going to Kara’s class and would strongly recommend it to everyone.”
– Ryan’s mommy –

“Music Together® has brought so much song and joy into our lives both during class and at home. My little girls love listening to the music in the car and singing and dancing at home. Class always feels like a safe space to learn connect and grow together.”
– Chloe and Veronica’s mommy –

“A class with Kara Howard is like a hug from Julie Andrews. She is the kind of teacher a parent hopes for. It is a privilege making Music together with her.”
– Coco’s mommy –

NEWS AND EVENTS

Tara Danae

"I have had many voice instructors over the years but Kara Howard is still my favorite. Not only is she an excellent teacher but she is one of the kindest people I have ever met. She truly cares about her students in every aspect of their life. She helped...

Heather Youmans

  "I trained with Kara Howard for more than twelve years, during which time she transformed my inherent passion for singing into a reality. I've never met or trained with someone so optimistic and inspiring - and that made all the difference. Kara always stayed...

Electra Mustaine

"Kara is one of two people I can thank for building my voice to where it is today… The other being God. I was not a great singer before coming to her, but she taught me well, and pushed me stylistically. I can't tell you how important proper technic is...

Tara Danae

"I have had many voice instructors over the years but Kara Howard is still my favorite. Not only is she an excellent teacher but she is one of the kindest people I have ever met. She truly cares about her students in every aspect of their life. She helped...

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Heather Youmans

  "I trained with Kara Howard for more than twelve years, during which time she transformed my inherent passion for singing into a reality. I've never met or trained with someone so optimistic and inspiring - and that made all the difference. Kara always stayed...

read more

Electra Mustaine

"Kara is one of two people I can thank for building my voice to where it is today… The other being God. I was not a great singer before coming to her, but she taught me well, and pushed me stylistically. I can't tell you how important proper technic is...

read more

Harness

Your

Vocal

Technique

Harness

Your

Vocal

Technique

VOCAL LESSONS

Since beginning my teaching career in 1997, I have come across almost every type of voice. And during this time someone always asks me, “Can anyone learn how to sing?” After all of my years of training, continuing education and experience in training hundreds of singers, I can honestly say that anyone who has the drive and passion for singing can most definitely learn how. All it takes is a little training, practice and a lot of heart. The technique that I offer is one that can be learned by all ages. Its basis is simple. Singing is so closely related to speaking, but is seldom thought of as the same. How simple would it be if it were just as easy to sing, as it is to speak?

Through a series of vocal exercises we train the voice to relate singing with speaking. As a singer I am sure you are all familiar with that ever-difficult switch in the voice that happens when you go from your chest voice (the low voice) to your head voice (the higher voice). That switch happens as a result of your larynx reaching too high to compensate for the notes getting higher. With vocal exercises we learn how to re-train the larynx to stay in it’s “speaking level” as we sing higher. By keeping the larynx at the same level, it makes the voice sound the same when you go through the switch. The result is one smooth continuous voice.

Over the years my students have sung just about every style out there, ranging from Musical Theater, Country, Folk, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Motown, Christian Contemporary, even Classical. This technique is so versatile you can sing just about any kind of music you have your heart set on.

VOCAL LESSONS

Since beginning my teaching career in 1997, I have come across almost every type of voice. And during this time someone always asks me, “Can anyone learn how to sing?” After all of my years of training, continuing education and experience in training hundreds of singers, I can honestly say that anyone who has the drive and passion for singing can most definitely learn how. All it takes is a little training, practice and a lot of heart. The technique that I offer is one that can be learned by all ages. Its basis is simple. Singing is so closely related to speaking, but is seldom thought of as the same. How simple would it be if it were just as easy to sing, as it is to speak?

Through a series of vocal exercises we train the voice to relate singing with speaking. As a singer I am sure you are all familiar with that ever-difficult switch in the voice that happens when you go from your chest voice (the low voice) to your head voice (the higher voice). That switch happens as a result of your larynx reaching too high to compensate for the notes getting higher. With vocal exercises we learn how to re-train the larynx to stay in it’s “speaking level” as we sing higher. By keeping the larynx at the same level, it makes the voice sound the same when you go through the switch. The result is one smooth continuous voice.

Over the years my students have sung just about every style out there, ranging from Musical Theater, Country, Folk, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Motown, Christian Contemporary, even Classical. This technique is so versatile you can sing just about any kind of music you have your heart set on.

MUSIC TOGETHER®

What is Music Together®?

Music Together® uses music and movement to facilitate the musical development of children, ages birth to four years old. Our approach is simple. We believe that every child has the ability to keep a beat, sing in tune, and participate in music with enthusiasm and confidence.

We also believe that children learn best with those whom they share a close bond. The active parental participation is crucial to the musical development of the child regardless of the parent’s own musical background.

The Music Together® program emphasizes actual music experiences rather than just concepts about music. Designed to bring families together through music, the program encourages family participation in spontaneous musical activity occurring within the context of daily life.

MUSIC TOGETHER®

What is Music Together®?

Music Together® uses music and movement to facilitate the musical development of children, ages birth to four years old. Our approach is simple. We believe that every child has the ability to keep a beat, sing in tune, and participate in music with enthusiasm and confidence.

We also believe that children learn best with those whom they share a close bond. The active parental participation is crucial to the musical development of the child regardless of the parent’s own musical background.

The Music Together® program emphasizes actual music experiences rather than just concepts about music. Designed to bring families together through music, the program encourages family participation in spontaneous musical activity occurring within the context of daily life.

What are classes like?

Twelve families, along with their parents or caregivers, meet for 45 minutes each week for 10 weeks. During this time, both adults and children participate in learning music through movement activities, rhythm rhymes, and live instrumental jam sessions. The research-based music varies in different varieties in music while toddlers love the repetition. The music used in The Music Together® program offers both. It is important to know that a child does not have to be participating in class to be learning. Each child has a different level and way of learning, some are hands on and some learn by observation. The class is structured in such a way that they have the freedom to learn at their own developmental level.

Do infants really benefit?

Yes!!! Infants participation might seem passive at first, but they are absorbing everything that they see, hear and feel. As the parent or caregiver, you will learn to recognize your infants own responses to music and be able to, with great joy, watch as your child achieves very important musical milestones. As both their bodies and nervous systems mature, the infants often show more and more complex responses to music, as well as the ability to recognize songs. Parents will learn in class how to nurture their child’s musical development and how to create or enhance the musical bond between you and your child.

What are classes like?

Twelve families, along with their parents or caregivers, meet for 45 minutes each week for 10 weeks. During this time, both adults and children participate in learning music through movement activities, rhythm rhymes, and live instrumental jam sessions. The research-based music varies in different varieties in music while toddlers love the repetition. The music used in The Music Together® program offers both. It is important to know that a child does not have to be participating in class to be learning. Each child has a different level and way of learning, some are hands on and some learn by observation. The class is structured in such a way that they have the freedom to learn at their own developmental level.

Do infants really benefit?

Yes!!! Infants participation might seem passive at first, but they are absorbing everything that they see, hear and feel. As the parent or caregiver, you will learn to recognize your infants own responses to music and be able to, with great joy, watch as your child achieves very important musical milestones. As both their bodies and nervous systems mature, the infants often show more and more complex responses to music, as well as the ability to recognize songs. Parents will learn in class how to nurture their child’s musical development and how to create or enhance the musical bond between you and your child.

Music Together art and logo design © 1992-2017 Music Together LLC. Music Together is a registered trademark. “Center name” is licensed by Music Together LLC. For more locations: www.musictogether.com – (800) 728-2692

Music Together art and logo design © 1992-2017 Music Together LLC. Music Together is a registered trademark. “Center name” is licensed by Music Together LLC. For more locations: www.musictogether.com – (800) 728-2692

KARA HOWARD

Experienced Vocal Teacher

Kara Howard began performing on stage as a child with Christian Youth Theater (CYT). During her time with CYT she played many lead and supporting lead roles. She then created a children’s tour group that traveled throughout San Diego County, performing at such venues as Sea World and Qualcomm Stadium. Kara herself has sung the National Anthem for many sporting events including the Padres. She has also directed and music directed shows such as Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Peter Pan, Pocahontas, Seussical, Aladdin, Jungle Book, Aristocasts, and A Year With Frog and Toad. In 2005, Kara played “Belle” in Broadways Beauty and the Beast in San Diego, CA.

Kara has extensively trained in Speech Level singing and has been teaching private voice lessons since 1997. She specializes in character development for theater as well as vocal performance. She has also had extensive training in Education Through Music from the Richards Institute. In addition to teaching voice Kara is currently the Center Director for the Escondido and Fallbrook Music Together as well as the Jr. Musical Theater Director for The Classical Academy since 2014. You can also see her as a part of the worship team at Emmanuel Faith Community Church in Escondido, CA.

KARA HOWARD

Experienced Vocal Teacher

Kara Howard began performing on stage as a child with Christian Youth Theater (CYT). During her time with CYT she played many lead and supporting lead roles. She then created a children’s tour group that traveled throughout San Diego County, performing at such venues as Sea World and Qualcomm Stadium. Kara herself has sung the National Anthem for many sporting events including the Padres. She has also directed and music directed shows such as Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Peter Pan, Pocahontas, Seussical, Aladdin, Jungle Book, Aristocasts, and A Year With Frog and Toad. In 2005, Kara played “Belle” in Broadways Beauty and the Beast in San Diego, CA.

Kara has extensively trained in Speech Level singing and has been teaching private voice lessons since 1997. She specializes in character development for theater as well as vocal performance. She has also had extensive training in Education Through Music from the Richards Institute. In addition to teaching voice Kara is currently the Center Director for the Escondido and Fallbrook Music Together as well as the Jr. Musical Theater Director for The Classical Academy since 2014. You can also see her as a part of the worship team at Emmanuel Faith Community Church in Escondido, CA.