Outsmarting the Smart Student

The way to get to free, un-self-conscious, non-manufactured singing is to elicit spontaneous responses that move toward easier ability. In functional teaching, it is my goal to get a spontaneous vocal response through exercises, in teamwork with the singer. [Sidebar: “teamwork” is crucial. I’m not imposing “good singing” on a singer.] When something “works better” […]

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Voice teacher, vocal coach, what’s the difference?

Voice Teacher: A professional who works with singers to help them improve their vocal technique, including healthy bodily function, neural conditioning, and training for flexibility and endurance. Vocal Coach: A professional who works with singers to help them to prepare repertoire for performance, including repertoire selection, style, interpretation, and diction. Recently, I encountered this statement: […]

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Open throat

Back when I was primarily a flutist, the “open throat” was constantly mentioned by teachers and other supposed experts. Later, when I delved into vocal pedagogy, I again ran into this phrase frequently. What does it mean? I don’t think I received an accurate definition before figuring it out myself. Since then, I have seen […]

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