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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 #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

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. [...]

By | May 11th, 2017|Categories: 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 [...]

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