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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 #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

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 [...]

By | July 23rd, 2017|Categories: 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 [...]

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

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

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