“myths”

2018-04-13

Vocal terminology that could use an update: Placement

Certain terms that are traditionally used in teaching voice have unfortunate connotations that can trigger undesirable vocal habits. I’d love to propose a new way of […]
2012-04-01

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. […]
2010-08-23

The View from the Mountaintop

(While I’m on vacation — from teaching and blogging — I hope you enjoy this piece from my website archives.) Have you ever become so engrossed […]
2010-05-14

Smiles, everyone, smiles!

Toni asked me recently to explain the concept of bocca ridente, Italian for “smiling mouth.”  This is an old term, first used by singing teachers in […]
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 […]
2010-04-28

Aren’t lessons supposed to make me BETTER?

If you tracked any process of self-improvement over a long period of time (your progress in the gym, say) you would probably not observe a smooth […]
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 […]
2010-04-06

Am I strong enough? Whoo!

Yesterday at my weekly voice lesson, I made the kind of misjudgment I hear all the time from my students and from health professionals. My teacher, […]
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