Getting your voice heard is not easy, especially in inner-city New York. Lisa Higbee has been helping children get their voices heard in inner-city schools as they participate in choirs and performances.
Higbee graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 1995 and a master’s degree in speech-language pathology in 1997. For her, the voice is essential to her teaching career as she instructs students how to sing. After several years of teaching in the Jordan School District in Utah, Higbee relocated to the mecca of performing arts, New York City. “I love the excitement of the performing arts world in New York City,” she said. “And I wanted to be a part of it.”
Since being in New York, Higbee has honed her skills at numerous vocal studios, such as the Will Bryan Voice Studio, the Amie Einerson Voice Studio, and the New York Vocal Studio. Higbee’s experience at these studios has increased her understanding of the importance of each individual’s voice. “I love the human voice as an instrument of music,” she said.
Higbee’s work in the schools in New York City has helped her develop the skills to write songs, perform vocally, and plan and produce school shows. “I have directed many choirs composed of young adults,” she said. “I have taken a stab at leading choirs of children in inner-city schools who have yet to learn how to read music. I have found that to be a completely different ball game.”
Higbee’s advice for life is to be a lifelong learner. To keep herself mentally active, she has learned new dance languages, American Sign Language, and yoga. When she is learning, she is happy, and she also finds happiness in service.
Living in New York City can be challenging in its social norms and moral behavior. Higbee says that studying the scriptures and other Church publications help her keep her morals in a world where moral relativism and values are shifting. “I find comfort in the idea that I’ve been able to transmit some of what I feel passionate about, including literacy skills that will help children access scripture study if they choose to do so,” she said.
Writer: Frank Young
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