Category Archives: Pedagogy

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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Funny You Should Ask….. I Have No Idea

Over the last year I have had a handful of conversations with colleagues on the subject of “technical” content in vocal instruction. Some are strong proponents of in-depth technical instruction. Many find great success with their students teaching largely through … Continue reading

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A Crackin’ Good Time!

A little unintentional yodeling around the holidays, anyone? A few days back, my student load was mostly beginners. Throughout the day, this particular crop were shuddering any time their voices wiggled or cracked. Encouraging them to be bold in spite … 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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Talent Means Paying Attention….

I think I can honestly say that I don’t put a lot of stock in the abstract notion of Talent. Sure, you might catch me saying, “they’re really talented!” every so often. But I suppose I generally mean something like, … Continue reading

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