U BETTER Sing! Founder, Kelley Glover
Kelley Glover (formerly, Kelley Phillips) earned a bachelor of Music Education from “Howard University” and a Master of Arts from the “Eastman School of Music.” She has over 20 years of teaching experience and was Teacher of the Year at Round Rock ISD’s “Ridgeview Middle School” in 2006. Her children’s choirs have performed for the “Kennedy Center Honors” television awards show, and have recorded with the group, “Sweet Honey in the Rock.”
Music Literacy for Children and Kids at Heart
Ms. Glover is the creator of a children’s music literacy cartoon and sight singing game app called, “U BETTER Sing!”. Her show has been featured on KVUE Austin, Ujima Magazine, KLBJ radio, KOOP radio, and was approved by KLRU Austin’s Greenlights Committee in 2011. In February 2016, she was filmed to appear as a featured speaker on the PBS show, “Blackademics” where she discussed the lack of diversity in vocal music education programs and its effect on vocal pedagogy. Glover also explained how shame and perfectionism can lead to vocal loss in singers.
In 2015, the first two episodes of “U BETTER Sing!” were used in an initiative to educate and heal students through music. The lessons were sent overseas to help young Nigerian girls affected by the Boko Haram crisis. Glover’s “U BETTER Sing!” music education DVDs were rated as the #1 Best Selling New Release for DVDs/Games on Amazon from their premiere date of December 2015 to February 2016.
A Tradition of Excellence
As a vocalist, dancer, and actress, Glover has performed onstage with Denzel Washington, Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis, Bonnie Rait, and Kris Kristofferson. She has also opened for Pat Benatar with the Omar Lopez Band. In addition, Glover does voice over work and can be heard on local and regional radio commercials. Her original music plays on KAZI 88.7 FM and can be heard on the documentary, “Swim 4 The Reef,” which premiered at the “Cannes Film Festival” in early 2016.