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.
The way that the accompaniment to a vocal exercise is played matters a lot. The biggest problem I hear with young or insensitive teachers is rushing. The second biggest problem is probably excessive volume. Fixing these two problems does not depend on being an expert pianist. Sometimes playing the introduction loudly helps a singer to […]
Is it emotion? If so, what about a singer’s performance evokes emotion? Can it be feats of strength? Sensitivity? Fascinating ebb and flow of the lyric? Are exciting singers “loud”? Can soft singing be exciting? Can a voice be beautiful but not exciting? Exciting but ugly?
A recording is not the same as a live performance. Specifically, the sound you hear on a recording is not the sound you would hear if you were in the same room with the singer as they recorded. When we listen to a recording, the singer’s performance is changed a lot or a little by […]
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 […]
Singing well is easy. Learning how to sing well is hard. Talking about teaching singing is easy. Learning how to teach is hard. Developing the listening skills required to be a good voice teacher takes a long time. It requires hearing a lot of different people singing both freely and with various dysfunctions. There is […]
Below is an excerpt from one of the old Italian books on singing. It contains a teaching tip that is useful for any voice teacher in any genre. Practical Reflections on the Figurative Art of Singing (1776) by Giambattista Mancini (trans. Pietro Buzzi), p. 97: The easiest way, and the one by which I have […]
Some teachers and singers have said “You should not listen to yourself when you sing. You need to learn to sing by feel.” This has some merit. If one develops high skills as a singer, one knows that when they are at their best they will hear very different things while they are singing compared […]