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Sound Advice #12- Singing and Vulnerability

A few years ago, a friend of mine told me about a TED talk by Brene Brown called “The Power of Vulnerability.” I was in a place in life when I wasn’t sure what direction I wanted to take both in my work – giving singing lessons for kids and adults in Marin - and [...]

By | September 12th, 2017|Sound Advice|0 Comments

Sound Advice #11: The Importance of Energy in Singing

Merriam Webster’s Dictionary defines the word energy as “a dynamic quality,” “a usually positive spiritual force,” “a vigorous exertion of power” or, more scientifically, “a fundamental entity of nature that is transferred between parts of a system in the production of physical change within the system and usually regarded as the capacity for doing work.” [...]

By | July 29th, 2017|Sound Advice|2 Comments

Sound Advice #10- What Are We Warming Up

Every good singer knows that before singing a song, especially an operatic aria, it’s a good idea to warm up your voice. It’s like stretching before you go running. However, through the years of giving voice lessons for kids and adults in Marin, I’ve thought: What is it that we’re warming up? The vocal folds? [...]

By | July 23rd, 2017|Sound Advice|2 Comments

Sound Advice #9: The Taming Of The Tongue

The tongue is one busy, strong muscle. Among its many jobs, of course, is chewing and swallowing. But as articulator of vowels and consonants, it is often at the root (no pun intended) of vocal tension and freedom. Yet, many students who start singing and voice lessons with me are rarely aware of how the tongue [...]

By | June 12th, 2017|Sound Advice|2 Comments

Sound Advice #8: Singing Teachers Need to Keep Learning

Last year my beloved voice teacher of more than a decade, the soprano Karen Anderson, moved out of state. As a student, my pattern was to show up on her doorstep for intense vocal work whenever I had a concert or show to do. Then, once the performance was over, I’d take a hiatus and [...]

By | June 12th, 2017|Sound Advice|2 Comments

Sound Advice #7 – Extroversion and Introversion in Children

A few years ago, I read the fascinating book “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking” by Susan Cain. The premise of the book is that our nation values extroverts over introverts, gregariousness over contemplativeness and that the more dominant extrovert often is the one whose ideas are heard, even [...]

By | May 11th, 2017|Sound Advice|2 Comments

Sound Advice #6 – Why The Alexander Technique?

As a teacher that gives singing lessons to adults and children in Marin County and San Francisco, I often get puzzled looks when I say that I am also a teacher of the Alexander Technique. Often, prospective students have never heard of it, or they ask me if it is the same as the Feldenkrais [...]

By | May 11th, 2017|Sound Advice|2 Comments

Sound Advice #1 – Breath, Vibration, Tone

What man calls beauty is the harmony of all he experiences...there is music in color, there is music in lines, there is music in the forest where there is a variety of trees and plants, in the way in which they correspond with each other...To the extent to which one sees more deeply into [...]

By | September 2nd, 2016|Sound Advice|0 Comments

Sound Advice #2 – Practice Makes perfectly Happy People

Practicing speaking, singing or any other musical instrument takes discipline and commitment. When you take voice lessons, it’s a given that you need to practice what you’ve absorbed in the lesson. That’s how our voices improve and grow. So, how does one create practice sessions that knit the need to practice technical concepts, which might [...]

By | September 2nd, 2016|Sound Advice|0 Comments

Sound Advice #3 – Coming To Our Senses

How do we know when we've sung well? Aside from the kudos from audience members or the recording device, it's our senses that tell us. Singing is a multi-sensory experience - from aural and visual to, most important, kinesthetic. Many of our vocal technique “expressions” - head and chest voice or the voice being "forward" [...]

By | September 2nd, 2016|Sound Advice|0 Comments