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Holding vs. Sustaining

There are two words used in singing (especially choral singing) that I think should be stricken from the face of the earth: HOLD CUTOFF We’ll deal with cutoffs another time, but right now I’m going to focus on the word “hold.” Often, I find that my students have trouble “holding” a note. They run outContinue reading “Holding vs. Sustaining”

2021 In Review

Well, THIS was a year.  Let’s review it, shall we? (Buckle up, there’s a lot – although it’s still shorter than Dave Barry’s annual year in review) January:Sang for a televised Mass in honor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton at Mount St. Mary’s in Emmitsburg (masked) Started taking Peter Jacobson’s Alexander Technique Teacher Training programContinue reading “2021 In Review”

Exploration Plus Exploitation

Recent studies show that tremendous bursts of creativity (or “hot streaks”) are the result of exploration plus exploitation. Teachers often encourage the former – but the latter is such a weighted word these days. How can you use exploitation in a positive way?