Another Way to look at BRAAP™

If you have studied with me or read anything I’ve written over the past 10+ years, you probably know that I have created an acronym for my approach to basic vocal technique. This acronym is B – Breath R – Resonance A – Alignment A – Articulation P – Phonation Or – BRAAP™, which myContinue reading “Another Way to look at BRAAP™”

Breaking Down The I Want Song

The late Bob Fosse said that there were three kinds of songs that mattered to the director of a musical: The “I am” song – defining who the singer is The “I want” song – defining what the singer wants The “New” song – doesn’t fit the other two categories; could take things into aContinue reading “Breaking Down The I Want Song”

Your voice is a [fill in the blank]

I like analogies. I don’t teach solely by analogy, though, because they’re so personal and sometimes they don’t mean anything to people. I use them to illustrate concepts that I’ve explained technically. And I use them judiciously. For example, when we sing, we are singing on the exhalation. It’s important for that exhalation to beContinue reading “Your voice is a [fill in the blank]”

Self-Tape Success: Shedding Some Light

Following a presentation on the details of setting up a self-tape, Amanda will work with up to 4 singers on their lighting, sound quality, and audition cut (we still have room for one more!). All present will receive handouts on: 1. Suggested Lighting Options2. Suggested Microphones3. Awesome Audition Checklist A Q&A will follow in theContinue reading “Self-Tape Success: Shedding Some Light”

Takeaways from Friday’s masterclass

On Friday, I hosted a masterclass featuring conductor Richard Carsey, who worked with 7 singers on musical theater repertoire. Some students were pre-professionals who want to pursue musical theater. One was an avocational performer in her local community theater companies. Two more were professionals, one experienced in musical theater, the other making a decision toContinue reading “Takeaways from Friday’s masterclass”

Singing in the Mask – Literally

One thing I do not teach is the concept of placement. It’s something I was taught, and it was something that worked for me, because I respond well to imagery. I’d rather draw awareness to individual sensations of resonance instead. The idea of “singing in the mask” comes from the idea that the classical singerContinue reading “Singing in the Mask – Literally”

The Music is the Star

The performer is not the star. The music is the star.  The performer is the vessel, the performer is the channel through which the music passes as a prism and comes to the performer.                                           Continue reading “The Music is the Star”

Why I Audit

For those of you who aren’t Three Stooges fans (which I’m certainly not) or not of a certain age (which I certainly am), you may need to go and research the Three Stooges a bit in order to get this reference. You can start here. Knock yourselves out – nyuk nyuk nyuk (that’s also aContinue reading “Why I Audit”

Beyond a shadow of a doubt

The other day I was out for an early morning walk and I was listening to a podcast on VocalFri. This particular one, from April, featured voice scientist Christian Herbst, who was talking about the role of voice science in vocal pedagogy, and of all the tech-y, geeky, science-y things that that entails. But althoughContinue reading “Beyond a shadow of a doubt”

What is curiously strong singing?

For the last two years, I’ve used “Curiously Strong Singing” as my tagline. In the past year, I’ve established a performance coaching series called “Curiously Strong Performing.” The content on my website and in other places reflects the use of that phrase. But other than the relationship between mezzoid and altoids, which is what triggeredContinue reading “What is curiously strong singing?”