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Can you be TOO aware?

I have written ad nauseum about awareness. Whether it’s in the context of Alexander Technique, setting intentions, or being mindful, awareness has become a trope of mindset work. And it’s not just me. Everyone is talking about it. While we don’t want to do things on auto-pilot, sometimes being too aware can really mess youContinue reading “Can you be TOO aware?”

Why Co-Work?

Some of the benefits of the pandemic and working online have included things that we would never have thought about doing when we were in-person. One of those things is the concept of co-working. What is co-working? Why should we do it? And how does it apply to the voice student/professional? Co-working existed before everyoneContinue reading “Why Co-Work?”

Shmigrate

Sometimes I like to make up words. Occasionally on purpose. A few that have come to mind are: phlegmacious: having a surplus of phlegm (also called “phlegmular,” by former student Jennifer Leevan, who, when I said, “that sounds like it’s granular,” responded with, “Well, sometimes it is”) boobular: wearing an extremely low-cut or very tightContinue reading “Shmigrate”

B2W: My Favorite “Sings” Vocal Technique Bootcamp

Twenty years ago, I wrote a song parody about vocal technique, using the tune of a well-known song from a musical we all know. In 2017, I wrote a blogpost about it, which you can find here. When I decided to put together Back to … Whatever, I thought that the first thing we neededContinue reading “B2W: My Favorite “Sings” Vocal Technique Bootcamp”

Pay Attention to the Tension

(FYI: I know the end of this post will tick some people off but yeah well) Yesterday, I was giving a lesson to one of my favorite people in the world, Sasha Kostakis, and we were talking about a little bit of tightness in her jaw that was getting in the way for her highContinue reading “Pay Attention to the Tension”

Re-Petition rather than Repetition

I am currently reading a book by Eric Maisel called The Power of Daily Practice: How Creative and Performing Artists (and Everyone Else) Can Finally Meet Their Goals. He offers a very specific approach to establishing a routine that is regular and rewarding, and can apply to various ways of self-improvement, career, personal, etc. TheContinue reading “Re-Petition rather than Repetition”

My First Webinar!

This past Saturday, I hosted a webinar on the topic of singing the Schubert Ave Maria. Each attendee received a handout afterwards covering: The history of the piece (spoiler alert: Schubert did not write the Ave Maria – at least that wasn’t the name of the song, it wasn’t in Latin, nor was it intended as a settingContinue reading “My First Webinar!”

Summer Singers Society for Students 8-11

I have always said that I’m not a teacher of small children. It’s not that I don’t believe that young children should take lessons. I do. I just haven’t been sure that I’ve been the one to teach them. So I’ve focused on reaching students 11 and up. But I did some thinking and realizedContinue reading “Summer Singers Society for Students 8-11”

World Voice Weekend Will Transform You (yep, I said that)

I have decided to extend Early Bird Registration for World Voice Weekend through April 5 (Easter Monday). My business coach, Michelle Markwart Deveaux, asked me if I’ve made it clear in my marketing how I believe people will be changed by World Voice Weekend. I think I have, in my blogposts, in my social mediaContinue reading “World Voice Weekend Will Transform You (yep, I said that)”

Everything You Need to Know About World Voice Weekend

It’s a little less than one week till Early Bird pricing expires for World Voice Weekend, and if you haven’t signed up yet, maybe it’s because you’re wondering just what you’ll get for your tuition. Last Thursday’s post covered most of clinicians and their background, but here’s a little more information for you about justContinue reading “Everything You Need to Know About World Voice Weekend”