When teacher works with student, he needs to keep in mind that he is trying to help the student to do something that she has never done before. Each party is bringing these three potentials to the lesson: the desired behavior (in the future) the possible manifestations and scope of achievement (in the future) the […]
Hello Singing Friends (pro, avocational, everyone who sings!), If you have a few minutes, I would be honored to have you take my “Vocal Satisfaction Survey” which is part of a research project and the book I am working on. It is anonymous. Thanks!
When discussing politics, pedagogy, problems, conflicts – The hardest thing is to not let our hearts harden. Sometimes we must work very hard to cultivate lightness, humor, kindness, truth, love, and openness. Let’s work together.
When you are in a lesson or coaching, and have a question, ask it! Never be afraid to try to improve your understanding. Even the most articulate, thorough, well-spoken, right-as-rain teacher will say things that are not easy to understand at first. Sometimes that amazing teacher will make a mistake. The more you probe and […]
This is really simple. Find the best teacher you can who is a member of an accredited post-secondary institution and go to that school. This teacher needs to have had visible success helping young people to sing better. This person will be your mentor for four years. They will be responsible for your vocal health […]
We have a hellacious level of confusion in talking about vocal technique due to the conflation of the universal and the personal. In teaching, we must minimize this and make the boundaries between the two very clear. Everyone has a larynx. The anatomical structures and functions are the same for all. There are variations in […]
I have often discouraged imagery-based instruction in this blog. The short reason is that people will interpret an image in many ways, and even when they seem to be on the same channel as the teacher, they may be guided to a way of doing things that is not the most easy and high-functioning way […]
Many, dare I say most, voice teachers use a lot of imagery in their teaching. “The resonance moves from out of the mouth up to the nose, then the eyes, then the top of the head, then the back of the head as you ascend the scale.” “Imagine that your voice is a laser beam.” […]
Polishing biases: Looking for snippets of knowledge to support something already firmly believed. Discarding that which conflicts with your agenda. Building a case. Preference for received instruction versus independent study. “My teacher said…”
When guiding a student through an exercise, I sometimes take them to the point of failure. This may be a note that is too high, an ornament/riff that is too fast, or a phrase that is too long. We need to see where our limits are! We need to occasionally fail within a safe environment, […]
Often when I practice, especially after a break, I feel like I’ve forgotten how to sing. I just can’t open my mouth and do what seemed easy before – right away. I’ve learned not to worry about this phenomenon, although I used to get a little nutty about it. Over the years I have figured out […]
“I don’t like Skype.” “You have to see it in person to understand it.” “You can’t learn how to sing from a video.” “People won’t understand what I’m doing if I teach on a video, or stream a lesson or class.” I will agree that for the singer, the best experience is going to be […]