Category Archives: Observations/Philosophy of Singing

The YAP-less Path

I have found myself in conversation more times than I can count with young singers who are at their wit’s end over the issue of YAPs (Young Artist Programs). Auditioning for them, the expense for fees and travel, the rejection … Continue reading

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Art & French Fries

Why can’t people just like things anymore? Why is there always some elaborate justification?  I won’t go into what I think are the implications of this in the field of Vocal Pedagogy, as I have done that elsewhere (Link). I … Continue reading

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Oh, Blow It Out Your Sing-Hole….

Cornell MacNeil: “Let us take a word commonly used by singers – support. What does it mean? To some people it means absolute rigidity, which will destroy them!” Jerome Hines: “Support is usually equated with you Italian word appoggio.” C. … Continue reading

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The Sound Of Style – Basses Need Not Apply….

Following on the train of thought from my last posting (The Cricothyroid Rosary), I have been reflecting on the issue of style-appropriate sound. This is a common theme in pedagogical circles these days, and even in the voice sciences where … Continue reading

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Good Golly Miss Molly, You Sure Talk Purty!

“That’s all poetry is, in a sense. It slows you down rather beautifully. And you just enjoy the bounce and heft and glory of one word following another.”                         … Continue reading

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The Time Before The Time Before….Yes, Those Were The Days…..

Recently, an article by Will Crutchfield from the 80s has been making the rounds on Facebook. It is a thinly veiled restatement of a common theme: The lament for an age now gone. While the article purports to be about … Continue reading

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The Marionette Lesson

I have, of late, been doing some pedagogical reflection on the nature of the voice lesson. Over the last two years or so, I have felt increasingly old-school, all the while sensing that social notions of singing are trending quite … Continue reading

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