Make it RAIN

There was an article a while back on getting good quality sleep using a mindfulness tactic with the acronym RAIN. The steps involved make up the acronym. They are: RECOGNIZE Recognize the stress that’s coming up. ACCEPT/ALLOW Don’t try to push it away. INVESTIGATE Be curious. Ask: What is going on in my body right now? Do you feel tightnessContinue reading “Make it RAIN”

Suspending the Breath – Why I Don’t Teach It

This is a reprint of an August 2017 blogpost – I recently had a rehearsal where a conductor asked us to do this and it’s something that just goes against me. Here’s why (things I’ve added are in bold and brackets): ****** This morning, the subject of my meditation app involved a lot of focusContinue reading “Suspending the Breath – Why I Don’t Teach It”

Takeaways from the NATS Conference – July 4, 2022

🎵 On the fourth day of July, NATS gave to me…. 🎵 July 4, 2022 “The Non-Binary Songbook” presented by Liz Jackson Hearns and Alexandra Plattos Sulack Takeaways: Rather than providing an actual songbook (which is kind of what I wanted),this was based on exploring gender expansion via classical repertoire for the AFAB/non-binary singer fromContinue reading “Takeaways from the NATS Conference – July 4, 2022”

Ringing vs. Wringing (in Singing and Business)

Here’s a 2018 blogpost about resonance. For more cool stuff about resonance, check out this video I just found: ******** I receive daily email updates from marketing guru Seth Godin, which have been inspiring me to make some changes in the way I approach my studio management. This morning’s advice resonated with me in aContinue reading “Ringing vs. Wringing (in Singing and Business)”

This Small Room

If I ever do a podcast or a book, this will be its title….. When I was growing up, I lived in a small 3 bedroom ranch house. We had one bathroom, two good sized bedrooms (although neither was particularly large) and a third bedroom which we called the small room. Until I went toContinue reading “This Small Room”

You are NOT the weakest link!

There was a TV show on about 20 years ago called The Weakest Link. It was a winner-take-all game show that was a cross between Who Wants to be a Millionaire and Survivor. The host back then was a British woman, Anne Robinson, who insulted the contestants by sneering at their wrong answers and questioning theirContinue reading “You are NOT the weakest link!”

Why Community Matters to Me

We think of community in terms that may or may not be positive. Community theater is often thought of as less than in quality and value than professional theater (NOT TRUE) Community college is where you go when you can’t afford a “real” college (NOT TRUE) A community choir implies that there were no auditionsContinue reading “Why Community Matters to Me”

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Wholistic or Holistic Voice Lessons?

Should you be taking voice with a holistic voice teacher or a wholistic one? Is there a difference? Is the latter an egregious and somewhat pretentious misspelling of the former (some would think so)? And what the heck is “wholistic/holistic” voice training, anyway? Definitions differ depending on where you look. According to Merriam-Webster, “wholism” isContinue reading “Wholistic or Holistic Voice Lessons?”

What if you were your own ideal client

I’m currently taking Sara Campbell’s Branding Bootcamp™ course in order to get some more clarity on what I have to offer students – identify just what my message is and how my message can come across most efficiently to my ideal clients. The first thing we did in Class #1 is identify an avatar forContinue reading “What if you were your own ideal client”

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