Is the high road worth it?

I’m in a foul, wondering mood. I have seen public life get less and less dignified over the years. So many people are jaded. The internet came along and every angry, weird, crazy person was able to find buddies even quicker and stay isolated in their camps. People feel emboldened to be meaner in these […]

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What “eclectic” means

All knowledge cannot be contained inside one person’s mind, one method’s pedagogy, or one era’s zeitgeist. Most singers will naturally acquire technical ideas from different sources. However, one can skim the surface of many methods, consciously or unconsciously only “finding” ideas that fit into what they already think they know. That would be confirmation bias: […]

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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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Teacher, not therapist

In many conversations with colleagues, it has often emerged that they are more personally involved in their students’ lives than I am with my students. The amount of personal talk in lessons seems to vary a lot. Generally, it appears that more female teachers spend significant amounts of time in the lesson talking with students […]

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