Author Talk with Dr. Kelly Garner
On Monday, October 30, 2017, Dr. Kelly Garner sat down with Dr. Beverly Schneller to discuss So You Want to Sing Country: A Guide for Performers, which is part of series of books published for the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) by Rowman and Littlefield. Garner discussed how she was approached at a recent NATS meeting to write the book, and shared her goal that from the book, students would learn how to be entrepreneurs as well as great performers. She emphasized the importance of doing “whatever it takes” to build a positive reputation within the recording industry and to work at a variety of jobs to gain a wide range of experiences. When asked how she knew that her own career as a composer, a performer, and an educator was right for her, Garner said she could think of nothing else that gave her the personal and spiritual satisfaction that her work does. She pivoted on this point to stress that students should strongly consider the joy that a career in music might bring when going through their own discernment processes. The book is available by contacting Dr. Garner and through Amazon.com.