Mimicry and Singing

Many people try to imitate their favorite singers. This provides a great learning opportunity in the voice studio. Teachers can help students to clarify the differences between themselves and the artist they are emulating. Which differences are due to technique? Which are due to each singer’s individual timbre? What causes individual timbre? Which differences are […]

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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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Seeming Paradoxes

Paradoxes are related to the subject of a previous post of mine, “Training with reasonable extremes…“. Sometimes you have to think or do one thing, to get a seemingly dissimilar or even opposite thing to happen. Sometimes it’s in real time; sometimes the paradox is only seen through training over a period of time. Example: […]

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