“Cornelius Reid”

2012-04-01
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Beware the “method”!

My teacher Cornelius Reid used to warn budding teachers, “There are as many singing methods as there are singers.” He meant, I believe, that 1) people […]
2010-10-25

Book Review: Daniel Coyle’s The Talent Code: Intriguing neurobiology, disastrous and illogical conclusions

One of my students recently recommended that I take a look at Daniel Coyle’s book (Bantam Dell, 2009), The Talent Code: Greatness isn’t born.  It’s grown. […]
2010-07-10
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How to elicit students’ vowel awareness

Wow—has it really been a month since my last posting?  It’s ironic, but since I started blogging and otherwise increasing my web presence as a teacher, […]
2010-05-06

Open throat, take two — with a more positive attitude

My friend Nanette (who, in 11th grade, introduced me to the magical world of THEATER) recently commented on this blog that my continuing emphasis on the […]
2010-05-03

How do I open my throat?

My friend Toni sent me an email with this eloquently expressed plea for understanding: “I still don’t anatomically understand why as you go up the register […]
2010-04-20

The 5 stupidest things I ever heard from voice teachers

1. To hit high notes, pretend there’s a marble between your butt cheeks and squeeze it.  (From my high school chorus teacher.  After my 10th grade […]
2010-03-28

The focus in learning

Lately in my lessons, both as teacher and as student, I’ve been thinking about the relationship in learning between 1) fostering the particular skills under development […]
2010-03-18

An unexpected Alexander/Voice link

I’ve been invited by the Training Director of the American Center for the Alexander Technique (ACAT—my AT alma mater) to come and give a class to […]
2010-02-08

Voice training: a twisty path

Teaching voice challenges my creativity in a way that I find happily stimulating. Because coordinating a voice involves not machinery, but a human being, a teacher […]
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