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Time Management
Carol Kirkpatrick

Editor's Note: The following is excerpted from Carol Kirkpatrick’s “Time Management” chapter of her book ARIA READY – The Business of Singing. In this excerpt, Kirkpatrick offers practical advice to singers in the area of using the valuable resource of time. Ms. Kirkpatrick lists helpful ways for artists to evaluate, manage, and maximize their time resources.

Three of the most important resources in life are TIME, ENERGY, AND MONEY. Energy and money can be regenerated, but time cannot; therefore, it is the most precious commodity there is. This minute, hour, day, month, year can never be duplicated again. Learning to be in the moment will help you to use your time more efficiently. Often, finding the time to practice or study music seems impossible, especially when you hold a fulltime job, or are going to school full time. It is difficult, but it can be done.

About the Author: Throughout America and Europe, Dramatic Soprano, Carol Kirkpatrick has thrilled audiences and critics. Ms. Kirkpatrick has been a soloist with many major orchestras and has performed leading roles in some of the most prestigious opera houses throughout the United States and Europe. She both taught and performed as an Artist in Residence at the Aspen Musical Festival. Through the Columbia Artists Community Concert Series, Ms. Kirpatrick presented recitals throughout America to great acclaim. She has worked with conductors such as Herbert Grossman, Francesco Molinari-Pradelli, Georges Pretre, Horst Stein, James Levine, and Christopher Keene.

Ms. Kirkpatrick continues to be called upon to adjudicate auditions such as the Metropolitan Opera and San Francisco Opera Auditions. In addition to teaching voice, she presents Master Classes on interpreting the text through music and keeps up a busy workshop schedule presenting materials related to her recently published book ARIA READY – The Business of Singing. This workshop explores some bold, daring, interesting and possibly new concepts that help the emerging professional establish and maintain the process and activities of a vocal career. Ms. Kirkpatrick currently resides in New York City.

ARIA READY - The Business of Singing, published by Leyerle Publications, is available for purchase at,, or The book is also available for order by calling Leyerle Publications at 585-658-2193 or Patelson’s Music Store at 212-757-5587.

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