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A timeless classic, the Shure SM58 is a resilient workhorse that delivers impeccable sound quality even after countless drops. Check out this YT video on microphone technique

Offering a balance of quality and affordability, I use the Rode NT1 for vocal recordings. Its shock mount ensures stable and clear sound, making it perfect for both YouTube videos and live Zoom calls.

This has been the most reliable audio interface I've owned. With the Scarlett 2i2 model, we can effortlessly connect microphones, instruments, and line-level audio signals to our computer for seamless recording sessions.

I've had the Yamaha P155 for a long time. I believe the updated model is the P255. Featuring weighted keys and authentic piano resonance. It's MIDI interface allows for seamless integration with my computer, expanding creative possibilities.

My 8-inch Active Monitor Speakers from Pioneer provide accurate monitoring during recording sessions. Their precision and clarity ensure that I capture every nuance of performances.

Yamaha Stagepas 300 - Not available anymore

I believe it's been replaced with the Yamaha Portable PA System with Bluetooth Stagepas 400BT. I use the Yamaha PA system to deliver line level audio signals directly to the Focusrite interface. It serves multiple purposes in my studio: facilitating karaoke sessions for students with YouTube tracks, doubling as a rehearsal PA, and functioning as a stage monitor system during concerts.

I recently got the PRISM+ Arc Stealth Dual Monitor VESA Monitor Arm for my studio setup, and I love having two monitors. It's great for multitasking, like taking notes on one screen while watching YouTube on the other. This arm lets me adjust the monitors for comfort, saves space on my desk, and helps me work better. It's strong, easy to set up, and looks good too.

I recently got the PRISM+ Arc Stealth Dual Monitor VESA Monitor Arm for my studio setup, and I love having two monitors. It's great for multitasking, like taking notes on one screen while watching YouTube on the other. This arm lets me adjust the monitors for comfort, saves space on my desk, and helps me work better. It's strong, easy to set up, and looks good too.

For my online Zoom lessons, I rely on the Logitech C920 webcam. Despite its age compared to newer models, it remains the top choice on the market. 

Tired of the old backache from sitting all day? Me too. That's why I switched to a stand-up desk – it's a game-changer. Whether we're standing tall or taking a seat on a stool, it's all about keeping comfortable and focused on what matters most. I don't use a chair anymore.


I use Audacity to record singing lessons for my students. It's the world's leading free software for audio recording and editing, perfect for music production, podcasting, or casual audio experimentation. You can download it as a desktop app for Windows, macOS, and Linux.

Sibelius has been my trusted ally for quite some time, and while I haven't felt the need to upgrade to the latest version, its role in my workflow has evolved. Initially utilised for loading PDF sheet music for my students, I now primarily use it to create music notation graphics featured in my YouTube videos.

Pro Tools, developed by Avid Technology for Windows and macOS, is a versatile digital audio workstation (DAW) primarily used for music creation, sound production, and editing. I use it primarily for crafting vocal exercises for the Dots Singing YouTube channel.

Refine your singing skills with Sing & See, a valuable tool for singers struggling with pitch or those who learn visually. Sing & See provides real-time visual feedback on your pitch and vocal timbre, showing you exactly what your voice is doing as you sing. This feedback can help you focus your practice, allowing you to monitor your pitch, vibrato, volume, and the details of the harmonics (overtones) in your voice.

I've used Evernote for years for student records and projects or things I can refer back to. The ultimate note-taking app for capturing, organizing, and accessing ideas effortlessly across all your devices. 

My husband recommends Norton 360 antivirus software.

Cleans and helps speed up your PC by working to fix frustrating issues that can cause slowdowns or crashes.

My website, powered by Wix, has evolved significantly since I first began using it. Leveraging its basic functions, I've continuously crafted and refined the website over time. With Wix, I have the autonomy to implement any necessary changes independently. However, like any web builder, occasional frustrations may arise.


Looking to kickstart your YouTube journey? Look no further than TubeBuddy. If I had started with it, my channel would have grown much faster, saving ample time and effort. Since joining TubeBuddy, my channel has experienced steady growth. TubeBuddy empowers your YouTube channel, enabling seamless optimization for increased views, subscribers, and all other essential metrics.

Crafting vertical videos for YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok has never been easier with InShot. This user-friendly app is my go-to for editing videos and photos directly from my Samsung mobile phone.

Video editing software essential for crafting YouTube content, a staple in my toolkit for years. Recently transitioned to an annual subscription model, I use its fundamental features to produce my videos effectively.

I absolutely love Canva, I made my Vocal Exercise Routine Guide with it. Canva is a free-to-use online graphic design tool. Use it to create social media posts, presentations, posters, videos, logos and more.

My daughter uses Affinity Designer to create newsletters. I use it for minor changes to images, like making the music notation from Sibelius transparent. Affinity Designer is a professional graphic design software for creating things like logos, illustrations, and designs. It's like Adobe Illustrator, but made by a different company called Serif. It's known for its powerful tools and more affordable price compared to Illustrator.


Great for creating chord progressions and ideas for writing songs. My 14 year old student loves it. Hookpad is a music app that makes it easy to create your own songs. It has a simple interface where you can play around with chords, melodies, and rhythms. People love it because it helps you write songs in a natural way and can even suggest chords that sound great together.

Great for playing popular sheet music directly from the App and also for downloading MIDI files for music production ideas. MuseScore is a computer program that helps you write and arrange music. It's like a digital notebook where you can create your own songs or arrangements by typing in notes and rhythms. It also lets you hear how your music sounds as you write it.

This virtual piano is useful for teaching via Zoom lessons, especially if you want to share the screen.

Free online digital audio workstation (DAW). Another great tools for songwriters. Create and record easily with powerful tools and sounds, all in one place.

To be added: Podcasts, Coursera, Courses.

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