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Amateur or … Duck?

As I was preparing to write this, I was looking for graphics for the word, “Amateur,” and the word “Dabbler.” I was able to find pictures of the former, but for the latter I found a picture of a … duck. A few weeks ago, I started working with an adult student whose husband hadContinue reading “Amateur or … Duck?”

The Cicada: Nature’s Krumhorn

This past Sunday, we held the 2nd annual outdoor studio recital in my backyard, called “For the First Time in Forever” (since it was the first time in forever that we got to sing in front of people – thanks to Nichole Feltner for the suggestion and for opening the program with that song. ItContinue reading “The Cicada: Nature’s Krumhorn”

One year of being online

A year ago today, I shut the studio down for a week to prepare for the transition to online lessons, which I thought would be for only a couple of months. I reopened online a week later and it was weird. The first lesson I gave was just terrible and I felt like it wasContinue reading “One year of being online”

Curiously Strong Performing: Vocal Coach Vs. Voice Teacher?

When you are at the professional level, or even a student in a prestigious conservatory, a voice teacher and a vocal coach are two separate entities. Strictly speaking, the voice teacher teaches you vocal technique – breath management, resonance, proper alignment, articulation, phonation, and helps you with extending your range and navigating vocal registers. TheContinue reading “Curiously Strong Performing: Vocal Coach Vs. Voice Teacher?”

What’s Your Freaking Superpower?

This reminded me of my overwhelm/opportunity post from a week or so ago. What are my weaknesses? And my strengths/superpowers? Insecurity / Confidence (Yes, they can exist in the same body) Jealousy / Compersion (the latter is a new word for me) Scarcity / Abundance I can trace all the perceived weaknesses I have toContinue reading “What’s Your Freaking Superpower?”

History has its eyes on you

Today is Election Day here in the United States. I voted via absentee ballot several weeks ago, so I have done my civic duty. And it appears that a record number of Americans have done/will be doing the same thing. In preparing my Musical Theater History & Performance Course: From Tin Pan Alley to Today,Continue reading “History has its eyes on you”

Expectations

I read a lot of political books. If you know me, you know which way I tend to swing, politically. I generally don’t talk about them in my business, because not everyone agrees on the subject, especially in this very divided condition we’re in right now. One of the books I read recently was JamesContinue reading “Expectations”

International Stuttering Awareness Day and Singing

Today is International Stuttering Awareness Day. Famous stutterers include: Marilyn Monroe, actor James Earl Jones, actor Mel Tillis, country singer Samuel L. Jackson, actor Bruce Willis, actor Nicole Kidman, actor Emily Blunt, actor Chris Martin, singer Carly Simon, singer Lazaro Arbos, singer/American Idol finalist Joe Biden, presidential candidate (interesting that, as of this writing, thereContinue reading “International Stuttering Awareness Day and Singing”

“Learning is something we get to do”

Seth Godin does not like the term “taking” lessons. He feels that it sounds like something you have to do, like take medicine, or take your punishment, or take your lumps (that last one is mine). It’s not something that he associates with something you do voluntarily or eagerly. Learning is different. Learning is somethingContinue reading ““Learning is something we get to do””

Reviewing the Situation: 6 Months of Online Lessons

I’m reviewing…. the situation …  It’s been a little over 6 months since we switched over to online lessons. A couple of people didn’t like the format and took a break, but most people are handling it quite well and, as I’ve mentioned before, there have been some advantages and people have had some breakthroughsContinue reading “Reviewing the Situation: 6 Months of Online Lessons”