“vowels”

2018-05-17

Last night’s class: a powerful paradox, free vowels, a new art form

On May 16th, at my weekly master class, we continued to explore a vocal paradox we’ve been discussing a lot lately: In order for your voice […]
2018-04-14

What to do instead of “placing” your voice

As I explained in my previous post, I don’t like the term “placement” because it implies that we are to carefully put our voice in some […]
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, […]
2010-05-10

Different Singing Styles

This post is a response to the following query that came emailed to me from Toni in Washington State: “Michael,  I don’t want to sing opera […]
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 […]
2010-02-16

How to “kick” a bad vocal habit

I’ve blogged before about the importance for singers of maintaining a uniform vowel when moving from note to note.  By not altering the shape of your […]
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 […]
2010-02-06

The Alexander/voice link

I’m lucky to have a voice teacher (Donna Reid) who, like me, is also an Alexander Teacher.  In my lessons, Donna and I often explore ways to […]
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