34 Things I’ve Learned About Teaching Voice

Reflections On Teaching Voice   Those of you who know me are probably aware I have made some big changes in my teaching career over the past few years.  Changes in teaching technique and business partnerships have taught me some valuable lessons.  In this year-end time of reflection, I would to share some of these…

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We Don’t Need More Singers

What Your Audience Really Wants From You   Last night I sat and listened to Luciano Pavarotti, one of the most beautiful voices to have ever graced this planet.  He is someone who could literally sing the phone book and I would listen. The rest of us?  Not so much. Now I’m not saying that…

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10 Questions Every Voice Teacher Needs To Ask

Which Teacher Are You?   I was speaking with a teacher of a well-known “Guru” singing method.  This is a type of method that is based on one person’s understanding of the voice and you are expected to teach the technique exactly as the Guru demands. This teacher admitted that they do not use the…

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How to Sing “Rolling In The Deep”

Rolling In The Deep – A Singer’s Guide   Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep” is certainly one of the most popular songs to come through my studio in quite a while.  Her bluesy, impassioned vocals grab the listener and inspire other singers to try and do the same. The relatively low range of the song…

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Keep Singing Simple?

When is Simple Too Simple?   We’ve all seen the quotes from history’s great thinkers extolling the genius of simplicity.  Even the Apple computer I write this on is a testament to the virtues of keeping things simple. However, behind this simple interface lies a whole wealth of knowledge and expertise.  True simplicity actually requires…

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Voice Teachers – Stop Cheating Your Students

Are Your Students Confused?   We’ve all been there as teachers.  We hear something we know is wrong, but we’re not sure why. We start trying every exercise we can think of, hoping for luck or intuition to strike.  Sometimes it does, but often it does not. These moments are not only frustrating for us,…

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Learning From Your Vocal Mistakes

Embrace Your Mistakes     When I am working with a student I am always on the lookout to see if they are dismissing a vocal event. Dismissing an event is when attempting an exercise or line in a song, your voice does not go the way you planned.  This “mistake” is often viewed with…

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Simple Exercises For Finding Singing Resonance

How To Discover Singing Resonance   One of the great challenges of singing is that it is very sensation based. These sensations can be tricky as they are not easy for everyone to feel and often don’t present themselves until you are singing correctly. This become the singing equivalent of “the chicken or the egg,”…

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Singers – Don’t Look For Career Shortcuts

Embrace Your Struggles   We always want our movie heroes to go through trials and tribulations – those events that make or break them.  Luke Skywalker struggling in his training with Yoda, Rocky Balboa gasping for breath in his early morning runs. We know this is what forms their character and skill and makes their…

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7 Big Mistakes Voice Teachers Make

Are You Making These Mistakes?     I often work with voice teachers to help them make better decisions when working with students.  Today I want to look at some of the bigger career mistakes teachers can make.   Not Furthering Your Own Studies It can be daunting when dealing with a full teaching schedule…

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