Changing My Story

Today’s post was supposed to be about the word “multivocal,” which was a Word of the Day that popped up into my email a month or so ago. I’m not sure what I was going to write about, but it would’ve been something important, I’m sure. And then Monday happened. I sang a funeral inContinue reading “Changing My Story”

Why we do hip flexor stretches

I have to be honest. Since we went online, I haven’t done much with my students about hip flexor exercises. Or any kind of stretching, for that matter. And when we were in-person, I did hip flexor stretches because I had injured my own hip flexor, and they were prescribed by my physical therapist. Since the onlyContinue reading “Why we do hip flexor stretches”

Join the Resistance (at least singing-wise)

No, this is not a political statement. Unless you want it to be. That’s up to you. But with all that’s going on right now, I was thinking about the term “resistance” and how it can be interpreted: Negatively, as Seth Godin says in The Practice, referring to Steven Pressfield’s The War of Art. He specifies theContinue reading “Join the Resistance (at least singing-wise)”

Vocal Boot Camp

This afternoon, I gave my first Vocal Boot Camp (online). 9 people attended (I had room for 10), and we spent the first hour and a half going through the elements of vocal technique (BRAAP™), along with some handy dandy slides I made on Canva – here’s one: We did some vocal exercises during theContinue reading “Vocal Boot Camp”

Structuring Your Practice Time

Last week, I addressed my five points of vocal technique that I use for starting out beginners in my studio, which is reduced to the handy-dandy acronym, BRAAP™. Students who work with me receive vocalise sheets that they can draw from to set up their practice time. This is just to get them started, becauseContinue reading “Structuring Your Practice Time”

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”