Give The Gift Of Music For The Holidays

Give The Gift Of Music For The Holidays

During the holiday season, everyone is encouraged to live the old adage of giving rather than receiving. For musicians and performers, sharing their talents is a great way to spread cheer and give back to the community and those who need it. No matter your background, there are multiple ways to volunteer your time and talents. Aside from being able to cheer people up and feel personal fulfilment, you’ll be getting a lot of welcome practice that will benefit you as a performer. Entertaining Those In Need Many establishments in Washington, DC, openly welcome entertainment from the public during the...

What is a Masterclass?

What is a Masterclass?

Masterclasses are collaborative learning events, where singers, pianists, and guitarists get the opportunity to perform for one another and receive coaching in real-time in front of an audience of their peers. If that sounds terrifying to you, worry not! The true beauty of Masterclasses is that– even if you’re not ready to be in the hot seat– the entire community learns and experiences growth together. Perhaps it’s most obvious how the performer grows; they have the experience of putting their skills on display, realizing what works or doesn’t work in front of a live audience, and maybe even what unexpected...

Warming Up

Warming Up

Because the anatomy of our voices is effectively invisible to us, it can be easy to dismiss as some mysterious thing that just sometimes works and sometimes doesn’t. Of course, the reality of keeping your singing voice in optimal shape is that caring for the vocal apparatus, and even training the tiny muscles associated with this use, is essential to vocal reliability and longevity. Just like with exercising any other part of your body, spending a few minutes on simple activities to prime the muscles can greatly influence your success, satisfaction, and safety while singing. Did you know that ‘warming...

Finding Motivation

Finding Motivation

Every musician, particularly beginners, can sometimes find it hard to practice, and will often ask themselves questions such as “Can I find the time?” “Is it worth the time?” or “Will it really help me improve?” As an accomplished musician who’s struggled through those numerous questions, I’m here to tell you that the answer to all of these is “yes.” From the earliest days of learning your instrument, Practicing should be implemented into your routine like house work or homework. It seems like a hassle at first, but once you knock it out, the results are so satisfying! A very...

Emotional Baggage

Emotional Baggage

As singers, we are both musicians and actors. We have a responsibility both to the music itself, and also to the lyrics and emotional truth of the story each song sets out to tell. While singers are generally expressive people naturally, putting your feelings on display can be challenging. Whether you’re feeling guarded and unable to connect with the emotional content of the piece you plan to perform, or whether you’re too connected to the emotional messaging and struggle to stay in control and present it musically in the way you want to, emotions absolutely have the power to make...

Musical Foundations

Musical Foundations

If you’re like most parents, you only want what is best for your child, including feeling driven to do whatever you can to help them reach their dreams. With singing, however, it’s not uncommon for eager-to-help parents to make less than optimal decisions if they forget to weigh expert advice. If you have a little one who is driven to sing, we’re so glad you’re reading this post– We want to help you help your child! First, the pitfalls: Remember, your child is still growing and changing physically every single day. Their voice will continue to grow and change into...

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