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”

Welcome to 2020-2021 – New Website, New Year!

I am delighted to introduce my new website, http://www.mezzoidvoicestudio.com! This is basically where you are right now, but I’ve built a whole new website around this blog site and moved it from my previous platform, mezzoid.com. Mezzoid.com still works. I have too many pencils, bags, and business cards bearing that URL to let it goContinue reading “Welcome to 2020-2021 – New Website, New Year!”

NATS 56 – Virtually Fantastic!

Right now, I am the student learning on Zoom, instead of the teacher. I’ve been consumed with the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) 56th National Conference since Thursday. The conference was supposed to be in Knoxville, TN, but Corona…. The conferences are always things I look forward to – I’ve only missed 2Continue reading “NATS 56 – Virtually Fantastic!”

Don’t rain on my p̶a̶r̶a̶d̶e̶ recital

Weather – specifically precipitation – has been the bane of my existence. I’ve had shows sabotaged by blizzards and ice storms. Birthdays rained on for 6 years in a row, including my graduation from high school on my 18th birthday. And I held a graduation party three days later. It rained then too. It’s enoughContinue reading “Don’t rain on my p̶a̶r̶a̶d̶e̶ recital”

Did you have a grapefruit this week?

My husband is somewhat hard of hearing. It comes from spending his 20s in rock bands and his 30s doing woodworking projects, both without benefit of hearing protection. So when I said to him last week, “Online lessons are going so much better than I expected. Yesterday I had three people who had breakthroughs!” HeContinue reading “Did you have a grapefruit this week?”

June Practice Challenge (Mine, Not Yours)

I’ve been seeing a lot of my colleagues set themselves a goal of singing through the entire 24 or 26 or 28 Italian Songs collection. They’ve taught them ad infinitum over the years, but they’ve never actually sung them themselves. So, in this time of respite from performing and in-person teaching, they’re recording themselves singingContinue reading “June Practice Challenge (Mine, Not Yours)”