Low Country Studios

Low Country Studios


I love to teach and coach singing, especially to young professionals. I have been following the studies here and abroad (Germany) for vocalists and sadly, the conclusion from NATS is that there is simply no safe way to sing in the presence of others until we get a handle on the coronavirus. That means no choral singing, no opera, no musical theater, no small ensemble singing, and no in person voice lessons for perhaps a year or longer. The reason is there is no way to protect others around you, including audiences in small venues, from the droplets that may hang in the air for extended periods of time. The exhaled breath from a singer can travel up to 27 feet and smaller droplets may remain suspended in the air for 24 hours or longer, especially if there are fans or circulated air mechanisms. I know I am not alone in saying I will miss the energy of working closely with other singers. Online singing lessons and performances are simply not the same. But it looks like that is our future for for the safety of others - at least for now.
I would like the dragonfly..

Music, Art, Education. Founded in 2004, Charleston SC. Become a supportive member at Patreon.com/LowCountryStudios. We are a child friendly page, so posts and photos have to go through our admin.

2020 has given us all cause to pause and look at how we invest our creative energy. Some things have changed around LCS but our core mission, to bring music and art into every life, remains the same. This year we are looking at new ways to share the practice of music and visual arts with you. One way we are making this happen is through the introduction of personalized online instruction. One-on-one online sessions have been a blessing to our adult students who live alone and to parents who have small children at home. As we go forward, we will continue to offer online opportunities, for those who choose, in addition to our in person studio lessons. Another goal for 2020 is to offer scholarship opportunities for independent study to both youth and adults who are financially challenged. Our founder and head instructor, Dolly Paul, holds certification and licensing in body alignment work, music and arts degrees from two universities, and focused studies in traditional and classical genres from Ireland and Austria. Keep in touch with us on facebook and let us know what you want to learn next!

Online, and in person, instruction in Piano, Voice, Music Theory, Guitar, Ukulele, Appalachian Dulcimer, and Mandolin for Adults and Children. Original art, since 2004. Support local businesses.

Operating as usual

Musicians Unite

What has been scaring you that you've been practicing lately??! ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜‰โค๏ธ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽถ

This local artist designs wonderful graphics in her clothing line. T-shirts, caps, hoodies all make great presents and keeps it local. Check out her online store or visit her at the Station in Park Circle.

Sending out a little early Black Friday gifty to everyone coast to coast! Yeppers itโ€™s 10% off everything in the online digs. Letโ€™s get you gifting our cool โ€œCoast Cultureโ€ vibes to all on your shopping lists! Pass up the big boxes and shop small this holiday season! Ho Ho Yo Yo!
#smallbusinesssaturday #shoponline #supportsmallbusiness #coasttocoast #coastculture #lifestylebrand #coastal #surfinspired #holidaygifts #everydayclothes

Musicians Unite

So true, so true...... ๐Ÿ˜‰โค๏ธ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽถ

Timeline Photos

Edit: Sorry folks. My radiator blew and I will not be on Folly today. Big apologies to Taco Boy. We are supporting local Folly Beach businesses at the #FollydayMarketHop this Saturday! Come by our table at Taco Boy on E Ashley and say hello. Then order up some delicious tacos ๐ŸŒฎ and stroll the business sector of the Island to help small businesses keep their doors open. Mask ๐Ÿ˜ท up and stay safe!


Victor Borge and Leonid Hambro play "Hungarian Rapsody No. 2 by Liszt". This is so difficult as funny

[11/19/20]   The next time you pop into Music & Arts on Savannah Hwy, be sure to say hello to the new manager Thomas.

Musicians Unite

This has been a public service announcement from your friends at Musicians Unite. ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜Žโค๏ธ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽถ

Anyone you know getting a Ukulele from Santa this Christmas? Be sure to sign them up for a few Ukulele online lessons with us to get them going strong! #ukulele #onlinemusiclessons #charleston

Musicians Unite

You just never know who your music is touching. ๐Ÿ˜‰โค๏ธ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽถ

[11/16/20]   Christmas is coming and some are considering buying an acoustic piano. My first line of advice is to avoid spinets at all costs. Technicians will tell you if you get a spinet given to you, youโ€™ve paid too much. Granted, if you are playing on a toy piano and a spinet comes your way, without cost, it is better than the toy. But know that you will still need to be looking for an acoustic console, upright or better.

Anyone know the name of this chord? LOL!! I think I am going to start posting ads that show complete ignorance for music; I am finding more and more. You would think commercial agencies would research the accuracy of their photos. Upside - they make for joyous laughter amongst musicians. #badmusicphotos

Leonard Bernstein

Today is #WorldKindnessDay!

Please join the global celebration and do a random act of kindness! We invite you to share this post with friends who may wish to join. ๐Ÿ˜€

[Photograph by Marvin Koner]

Detroit Institute of Arts

"What makes my 'Thinker' think is that he thinks not only with his brain, but his distended nostrils, and compressed lips, but with every muscle of his arms, back and legs, with his clenched fist and gripping toes." -Auguste Rodin

Happy birthday to French sculptor Auguste Rodin who was born #OnThisDay in 1840. Rodin's "The Thinker" quietly contemplates at the Woodward entrance of the DIA.

๐Ÿ–ผ: "The Thinker," Auguste Rodin, 1904, bronze sculpture, DIA no. 22.143.

When you know the frustration of a pick in the hole.

This was posted in our MU Group and we just had to pass it on!! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽถ

Darius Rucker

When you realize the #CMAawards are on in 20 minutes! Tune in on ABC. (๐Ÿ“ท: Ford Fairchild // E! News)

[11/12/20]   Donโ€™t forget the CMAs are tonight! And YES you can use the CMAs for your listening assignments this week. ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽน๐Ÿ˜Ž


"They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them."

We will never forget. ๐ŸŒน

We had to laugh at this because our studio cat likes to be a part of lesson time as well. Your pets are always welcome at your music lesson with Low Country Studios.

J. S. Bachโ€™s Little Preludes: toward early mastery of Baroque keyboard style by Svetlana Belsky

This may only be available for a short time. I suggest that all of my students currently working with J.S. Bach literature watch this.

WELCOME TO THE ISMTA 2020 VIRTUAL CONFERENCE https://ismta.org/2020VirtualConference

Musicians Unite

This. ๐Ÿ˜‰โค๏ธ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽถ

[11/02/20]   We have been asked to repost our studio Questions of the Month from the Piano Explorer Magazine for September, October, and November. Do you know any of the answers? If you do post below or send an email to LowCountryStudios.

1. Although J.S. Bach was a very talented musician he often had trouble working for others. Why was this?
2. When he was 28 years old, Mussorgsky wrote an orchestral work called "A Night on Bald Mountain." What is another name for this piece?
3. Who is sometimes called the "Father of the Piano?"

It's time to make Thankfulness Chains! Cut construction paper, paper store bags, holiday paper, music paper, or mix together different papers that you have, into strips that are approximately 1" by 6". On the plain side of the paper write something you are thankful for, then glue or tape the ends together to make a circle. Everyday add a link to your chain with a thankful message and hang it somewhere special: in your room, on your door, on your fireplace, anywhere you want to decorate. Now you choose the date when you want to take down the chain and read all the things you are thankful for. You can save it until Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, New Year's Day, The Twelfth Day of Christmas (January 5th or 6th depending on how you count it) and then open all your links and read all your Thankfulness!! OR, keep adding links everyday for years!! You decide how you want to have fun with this. It makes a great decoration for anytime of the year and reminds you of all the goodness in your life!

Low Country Studios's cover photo

[11/01/20]   Being โ€œgoodโ€ at something is not the point of doing it. Finding something you like doing...or a lot of somethings you like doing even if you are not โ€œgoodโ€ at any of them, makes you an interesting person. We need more interesting people. Find something to do that you havenโ€™t done before. You may even like it!

FREEBIE!!! Happy Halloween 2020. Please feel free to share this with your students. I just ask that if you ever perform this in a public setting that you give me credit as I hold the copyright. Technically: I wrote this to get my students moving out of set hand positions, and to practice finger crossings. Lyrically: this song is for the littles who think Halloween is too scary. Enjoy!

Our Trick-or-Treat decorations from recycled household items are ready for tomorrow. Be sure to share your homemade decorations with us, too! These will all go outside to join the scarecrow just before the children come around. (Hereโ€™s a secret: we are giving away music magazines along with sweet treats tomorrow AND we are working on finishing up a new Halloween song ๐ŸŽถ to give to all of you for you to sing or play on your instrument....so check back tonight!) ๐Ÿ‘ป

University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music - CCM

Earlier this month, Backstage Magazine released its list of โ€œ12 College Vocal Programs You Should Know,โ€ which included CCM alongside the likes of the Juilliard School, the Berklee College of Music, New England Conservatory and other top performing arts institutions.

Programs were selected based on four criteria: skill-building curriculum, performance opportunities, post-college prep and notable alumni.

We are having fun with the screen effects in our music sessions this week!

Timeline Photos

Jean Rondeau plays Scarlatti: Sonata in A minor, K.175

Happy Birthday to Domenico Scarlatti 1685-1757 Italy. Most of you play his works on the piano. Jean Rondeau plays an exciting K.175 on the harpsichord.

Jean Rondeau, the French harpsichordist, performs Domenico Scarlattiโ€™s mercurial Sonata K. 175 A Minor: Allegro, offering a first taste of his new album, rel...

We are still recycling materials to make fun and useful things for halloween. We know there will be trick-or-treaters in our neighborhood so we had to think of an inexpensive way to distribute goodies while keeping us and everyone else safe. We thought about a fishing rod, shipping tube, or pcp pipe, but all those cost more than we wanted to spend. So we went with a plastic gutter. It was under $5 and we had spare paint to quickly make it into a device that will allow us to deliver the goods from over 6 feet away. Our bags of wrapped candy will stay closed until needed and we have disposable gloves and masks. We will disinfect the shute once more before the event. Check back for our next quick and fun halloween project!

Low Country Studios's cover photo

Chick Corea

A little birdie told me your day could use some rhumba? ๐ŸŽต

Tuning up your Light

LCS is all about Tuning Up Your Light! Contact [email protected] to start playing music today. One-on-one live online music lessons in piano, guitar, ukulele, or music theory are custom designed for you and move at a pace that is best for your lifestyle. Dolly earned her degrees in music and coaches beginners through pro level musicians. Lessons are available to adults and children. Low Country Studios was founded in Charleston SC in 2004 by DL Paul, M.A., musician and artist.

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