New Online Class Starts in January on Vocal Technique for Musical Theatre and Commercial Music

Kathy Dean Adult, Arts, News

MOBILE, Ala. – The Alabama School of the Arts at University of Mobile is offering a new online course on vocal technique for musical theatre and commercial music that is open to voice teachers, performers, professional musicians and hobbyists.

Musical theatre master teacher Dr. Maryann Kyle said “Pedagogy of Musical Theatre and Commercial Music”will offer valuable information in musical theatre and commercial music vocal technique including belting, legit and other choral/vocal styles, as well as how the technique is impacted by the latest recording and microphone technology.

Classes start January 14. Participants may take the online course for college credit or as a non-credit audit course.

Kyle is chair of graduate programs and professor of voice and vocal pedagogy in the Alabama School of the Arts. She teaches from the perspective of how “classical” vocal training can be modified to teach musical theatre and commercial vocal quality without sounding “too classical.”

Guest speakers will offer their expertise in the areas of microphone and acoustic technology, Pro Tools and recording technology, and the marketing of the commercial and musical theatre artist in the 21st century.

“Musical theatre and commercial music are the fastest-growing musical phenomenon areas in the professional world of music performance, marketing, recording technology and teaching,” said Kyle.

“However, most people in the industry have very little information regarding the teaching of vocal production in these styles, and how the ever-changing technology impacts vocal production and creativity,” she added.

For information on fees or to register, visit then non-degree application to sign up for the ASOTA Pedagogy course, or call the Alabama College for Professional and Continuing Studies at 251.442.2727. For course information, contact Kyle at

About University of Mobile

University of Mobile is a Christ-centered liberal arts and sciences institution with a vision of higher education for a higher purpose, founded to honor God by equipping students for their future professions through rigorous academic preparation and spiritual transformation. Core values are: Christ-Centered, Academically-Focused, Student-Devoted and Distinctively-Driven. The university offers on-campus and online bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs in over 90 areas of study. Founded in 1961, University of Mobile is affiliated with the Alabama Baptist State Convention and is located 10 miles north of Mobile, Alabama on a campus of over 880 acres.

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Kathy Dean

Kathy Dean

Kathy is an award-winning public relations professional and former journalist with a strong background in strategic communications, feature writing/story-telling, copywriting and editing. She serves as assistant vice president for university communications. Kathy joined the University of Mobile marketing/public relations staff in 1993 and has earned awards for writing, public relations and advertising, including twice receiving the grand prize for feature writing from the Baptist Communicators Association. She serves on the board of the John M. Will Scholarship Foundation, awarding scholarships to promising student journalists; and is a member of the Public Relations Council of Alabama, Baptist Communicators Association and Society of Professional Journalists. Kathy lives in Daphne with her husband, Chuck, who earned his M.B.A. from University of Mobile. They have two children and two grandchildren.