Troy Clifford Dargin

Troy  Clifford Dargin

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Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Vocal Music Education (certified K-12 Missouri)
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Theatre Performance
Master of Arts Music (M.A.) concentration in Vocal Pedagogy
Certificate in Vocology- National Center for Voice and Speech
Certified Lessac Practicioner
Master of Arts Speech Language Pathology
Master of Music in Education (M.M.E) concentration in Vocology-Pedagogy-Performance
Master of Arts (M.A.) Political Science
Master of Business Administration (M.B.A) concentration in Finance and Entrepreneurship
Doctorate in Philosophy (Ph.D.) Speech Language Pathology with a concentration in Voice Science/Vocology/Vocal Pedagogy

Troy has an extensive background in voice.  Troy started voice and piano lessons when he was a child.  He has well over 2 decades of training and over 1 decade of private teaching.  He completed his Bachelor’s degrees (cum laude) at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, MO.  After this he taught Junior High Music at St. Joseph, Missouri and Plano, Texas for some years.  Troy completed his Master’s in Vocal Pedagogy at the University of Missouri- Kansas City Conservatory of Music in Kansas City, MO.  It was during this time with his study under Dr. Anne DeLauney that he became interested in the science of the voice.  This summer he completed the Summer Vocology Institute administered by the National Center for Voice and Speech under Dr. Ingo Titze of the University of Iowa.  Currently Mr. Dargin is in the middle of his PhD (research) studies at the University of Kansas where he is concurrently working on an MME in Vocology, and an MA in Speech Pathology (clinical).  His current research interests include:

Voice ProductionSound Pattern
Aerodynamics of Voice
Acoustics of Voice
Physics of Sound
Voice Science
Semi-Occluded Vocal Tract

Troy uses his academic background to help younger singers sing with ease and enjoyment.  In the studio Mr. Dargin, due to his Voice Science background, has plenty of technical suggestions for singers.  Troy uses his education with the Lessac Voice and Body work in his studio.  The Lessac work focuses on y-buzz and +y-buzz, which puts focus and ring in the mask of the face.  The reversed megaphone is also especially helpful with getting the singer to “cut through the orchestra or pit.” He believes that all singing begins with Semi-Occluded Vocal Tract exercises to warm up the voice.  These exercises have a therapeutic element to the vocal folds.  After this, any style can be sung well.  Musical Theatre, Classical, Rock, and Belt to name only a few.  And of course, above everything Troy wants his students to succeed and delivers instruction in a “nice” way, because without trust in the studio- a singer is not able to grow.

Troy loves helping singers reach their dream.  He has several years experience judging regional and state level voice competitions in Missouri, Kansas, and Oklahoma.

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