Nichelle Mungo, Instructor
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"I teach lessons for the Voice Department where I focus on vocal technique, assuring that students are singing in a healthy manner. The students are aware of my philosophy for warm ups: the more relaxed and flexible your vocal mechanisms are inwardly, the better your voice will produce outwardly. If you maintain your voice, keeping it warmed up using proper technique, your voice will be one of great longevity. I tell the students to treat their voices just as an athlete would treat their bodies before a game or a race. You wouldn't just wake up one day and say, 'I want to run a 26-mile marathon!' You have to properly prepare for it."
"I love the Voice Department at Berklee. My colleagues are just incredible. Everyone is widely diverse and we respect each other for what we have to offer. These are important attributes to have when teaching students from varied cultures. At other places I've been, the focus would be on one genre. Our Voice Department is quite eclectic. Our variety ranges from ambient to hip-hop to R&B to jazz to classical to music theater and more. We are the epitome of a well-rounded vocal education."
"I think it's important for students to be well educated in their whole artistry-particularly the vocalist, as we tend to have a negative rep for lacking theoretical knowledge. I encourage vocalists to learn another instrument to gain this knowledge. Not only will they become artists in high demand, but the education behind this demand makes for a great ease in musical communication with others. Most importantly, I feel vocalists should stop at nothing to properly cultivate their craft, as well as prove to instrumentalists that we too are musicians, not just 'dumb singers.'"
- B.M., Berklee College of Music
- Singer/songwriter, choral director, performer, and certified music educator
- Background vocalist for Bernie Choiniere, SOP, and Natalie Wilson
- Member of Unity
- Performances with Natalie Cole, Andrae Crouch, Terry Gresham, Antonio Jackson, Patti LaBelle, Amel Larrieux, Sister Sledge, James Taylor, and Billy Dee Williams
- Vocal director for Tarralyn Ramsey
- Recipient of the 2007 Best Female R&B Artist New England Urban Music Award
- Three-time winner of Showtime at the Apollo
- Featured on comedy tour with Talent, Cedric the Entertainer, and Bro-Man
- Commercials for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health
- Performed the national anthem for the opening of the Reebok World Headquarters, the New England Patriots, and the New England Revolution