The teacher’s breathing

There are hundreds of articles, chapters, and videos about breathing for singers. How about breathing for the teacher? Specifically, how about breathing while the teacher is listening to the student? When I have observed Jeannette Lovetri teaching, I and those around me have always been aware of the peace that pervades the room. She is […]

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"Placement" in singing

This is a troublesome word in vocal pedagogy and technique. Try to get several voice teachers or singers to agree what “placement” is and you will invoke semantic chaos. As I understand it, “placement” refers to the feeling of sympathetic vibration in one’s body when the voice is resonating as it should. We all know […]

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Singing and Fluting

This is inspired by Craig’s comment on my previous entry. As I have dusted off my flute and played it again after very little activity in the last 7 years, I am finding it refreshingly different than previous times that I came back from breaks. I have been fearful of playing flute again largely because […]

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On the “mix” needed for some nonclassical styles of singing

First: Laryngeal height The way to balance a voice has often been described as a “balancing act” between the “stretcher muscles” (cricothyroid) and the “closer muscles” (mostly thyroarytenoid). This is a handy two-dimensional model, but the larynx, being a physical thing, has a third dimension, or it wouldn’t be a physical object. This other dimension […]

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