Why bother?

Why study singing? Why create? Why perform? Why stand up for what you believe? Am I not just another tiny redundancy in a mob of billions of people? Here is the answer: This uniqueness and singleness which distinguishes each individual and gives a meaning to his existence has a bearing on creative work as much […]

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Bubbles

It is easy for anyone who leads to become encased in a bubble, including voice teachers. When they develop followings, there is the danger that they can be surrounded by people who do not challenge them. All the “yes people” become the bubble. Once the bubble forms, some typically soapy behaviors may increase. There are […]

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Your Guru and My Growth

It is wonderful to find an authority, someone from whom you feel that you have much to learn. Perhaps this mentor is the most knowledgeable, wise, and effective teacher you ever had. Maybe he has guided you to new levels of achievement that seemed impossible before. Of course you are grateful. Of course you will want to […]

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The Joy of Vocalizing

Consider making sound for sound’s sake. Remember fun and joy and silliness and curiosity? Has much time passed since you associated such words with vocalizing? Some ideas for how to enjoy your amazing voice: Imitation – of people, animals, singing, speaking, emoting, environmental sounds, instruments. Play with dynamic contrasts. Totally over-the-top, tasteless alternations of soft […]

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Spiral Learning and Voice, Part 1

When I was studying for my music education degree, I took a course in which I learned about the concept of “spiral curriculum”. The idea is that a subject is revisited at intervals in order to deepen understanding as the student grows, either in cognitive development and/or quantity of knowledge. In learning a complex skill […]

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The business is always changing

I have been following several discussions lately about the nature of “the business”. People rue the passing of the old ways and the coming of new ways that seem to work against us. But it has always been thus. In the mid-1800s, Wagner took opera in a new direction that mystified the Italians. A whole […]

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Allowing

When we perform, we must put our technical concerns away for the most part, and “just sing”. Most of us have heard this advice many times. We psych ourselves up to “let go” and “just do it” for the big show. How about when we practice? The yin and yang of practicing gives us opportunities […]

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