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Sound Advice from Monica

cindi-#2-300x200When it comes to the freedom, beauty and strength of the voice, I’m always panning for gold. I like to gather nuggets of wisdom from my beloved teachers, colleagues, students, books and my own vocal practice and experimentation. If someone teaches me something, I’m always judicious, trying it out, clarifying the instruction and checking its value before passing it on. All the lessons I’ve taken through the years have led to many “ah-ha” moments and ultimately have informed my vocal philosophy. Here is a sampling of my teaching philosophy as expressed in my lessons with my students.

Sound Advice #16 – Why a Voice Journal?

A recording device is an essential tool in my Marin singing and voice studio. What better way to review what you did in a session than by listening to it again when you get home? [...]

By | November 16th, 2017|Categories: Sound Advice|0 Comments

Sound Advice #15 – The Concept of “Inhibition” in the Alexander Technique

In my voice lessons for kids and adults, I like to introduce, early on, one of the Alexander Technique’s greatest gifts - the concept of Inhibition. No, it’s not psychology’s use of the word, as [...]

By | October 31st, 2017|Categories: Sound Advice|0 Comments

Sound Advice #14 – The Voice Student Living with Parkinson’s Disease

As a voice and Alexander Technique teacher who teaches singing lessons for kids and adults in Marin County, I have had occasion to work with students affected by Parkinson’s Disease. Parkinson’s, as defined by the Parkinson’s [...]

By | October 17th, 2017|Categories: Sound Advice|0 Comments

Sound Advice #13 – Integrating the Speaking and Singing Voice – A Personal Journey

Sound Advice #13 – Integrating the Speaking and Singing Voice – A Personal Journey   One of the games I like to play with children when I teach voice lessons for kids in San Francisco and [...]

By | October 3rd, 2017|Categories: Sound Advice|0 Comments

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 [...]

By | September 12th, 2017|Categories: 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 [...]

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