Conquer Your Stage Fright

Conquer Your Stage Fright

Stage fright is easily the most common roadblock that keeps singers from putting their art out into the world. Even when sharing a pre-recorded video, those familiar anxieties might flare up and make a singer second guess themself! But, the fact of the matter is that this is one challenge whose best escape route is to plough right through. The most reliable way a singer can free themselves from this burden is to work it out in active practice… by performing. Our bodies are amazing. From the intricate balances of air, pressure, and vibration that make up our voices in...

Supplemental Learning for Singers

Supplemental Learning for Singers

Thanks to the recurring request from our AMAZING students (you over-acheivers, you!), please find the following suggested reading list, a compilation of our favorite voice science and/or pedagogy books to help bolster your confidence as a voice-owner and user. These tools are wonderful side-bars to the work you’re already doing in lessons under your teacher’s guidance. Do feel free to ask questions in lessons about any of the below if you read/hear anything which is worded differently than the phrasing or terminology your teacher usually uses! Please note that not all texts are appropriate for all ages (looking at you,...

Vocal Gymnastics: Singing Multiple Styles

Vocal Gymnastics: Singing Multiple Styles

While a ballet dancer often trains in modern or hip-hop technique as well, Cross-training is a relatively new phenomena in the study of Singing. Perhaps brought about by the inclusion of more types of music on the Broadway stages starting around the 1980s, professional singers are now more commonly asked to be flexible in moving seamlessly between different styles of music. Even if you’re not aspiring to be a professional Broadway star, there are plenty of benefits to knowing how to switch styles! Perhaps you love singing with a classical chorus, but also want to belt out your favorite Top...

Vocal Effects: Singing Authentically

Vocal Effects: Singing Authentically

It’s a common misconception that singing with good, healthy technique might not be possible for all styles of music, particularly hard rock or heavy metal (though even Musical Theatre Belting can be dangerous if not approached properly). Fortunately, we now know (thanks to advances in exercise science that better allow us to study the muscles of vocal production) that a balanced technique is helpful to giving all singers the flexibility and longevity they hope for, whatever style of music they choose to sing. On the flip side, it is true that some styles call for vocal effects that can be...

Mastery Through Mindfulness

Mastery Through Mindfulness

You might think that singing is closer to an athletic feat than it is to meditative practice, but think again! Although it’s true that the physical muscle coordination necessary to sing at a high level requires a solid workout, you may be surprised to learn that building body awareness is the first major step in learning to sing well. After all, if your mind and body aren’t listening to each other, it’s really essential to create a mind-body connection through mindfulness. What do we mean by body awareness? Well, take a deep breath. What did you feel? If you can’t...

Tools of the Trade

Tools of the Trade

Welcome, Singers and Pianists! Our students often ask for recommendations for basic home recording equipment (which can also enhance your online lesson experience!), how to mitigate sound for home practice (so as not to disturb family/roommates/neighbors), and even how to shop for the best digital pianos (or keyboards). This post will provide an overview of suggested tools to help you reach your goals- whatever they may be! An auxiliary microphone can really improve your sound quality for home recording and in lessons (if your teacher can hear you even more clearly, they can be even more specific with their feedback)!...

Create Success in 2021

Happy New Year! Whether you’ve toiled away in 2020 or are just getting started, the new year means the same thing: take a look at where you are and where you’re going. Although everyone’s musical journey is unique, we can all benefit from goal setting. To help you kick off 2021 on the right foot, we’ve created this printable goal setting chart. Fill it out and review with your teacher in your next lesson!  

Performance Preparation

Performance Preparation

Experienced singers wake up on the day of the performance with a plan. They’ve done their homework, know their bodies’ responses to stress and nerves, and have taken steps to ensure their success. With the groundwork laid, there’s no question that the show will go off without a hitch. But, how did they get this smoothly oiled machine to work in their favor? As a beginning performer, you might feel lost, overwhelmed, or even surprised at the complexity of presenting in the performing arts. The act of performance itself is a big hurdle to clear– no matter how much you’ve...

Voice Types

Voice Types

Have you ever wondered about your vocal range? Maybe you’ve seen charts like this one or this one, and wondered where your own voice lines up. And, once you know what your range is, how do you decide what songs will fit your voice? Let’s unpack some basic ideas relating to range and registration to help you find your footing. Perhaps you’re wondering about the classic “voice types” you’ve heard of: Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass. And what about Mezzo-Soprano and Baritone? The study of singing goes back hundreds of years, so a lot of this terminology is irrelevant for today’s...

Singing: First Steps

Singing: First Steps

Becoming a singer can feel like a big goal. And, it is! But like any challenge, breaking it down into smaller steps will help you along your way. Follow this roadmap to make your action plan for success: 1. Create your vision of your Goal: Who? What? How? Visualize the singer you want to be, in as much detail as you can imagine. What style of music will you perform? What types of performances will you give? Do you want to be a coffeehouse singer-songwriter? A church musician? A mega diva superstar? These types of questions will help you create...