Percentage Play in “Petto”

My work in the studio this week has added in a fun exercise taken from Pamelia S. Phillips's humorous and very practical book Singing Exercises for Dummies, published by Wiley Press. This light-hearted book, while named tongue-in-cheek as part of the "Dummies" series of books, is a tremendously useful and PRACTICAL pedagogical resource for the [...]

Frederick Root: A Cross-Trainer from the Past

As I get older, I'm becoming less dogmatic. Perhaps my youth is wearing away and I don't feel the need to be as naively egotistical and self-assured as I was then. There's so much I still don't know. Additionally, I don't feel I'm in a position to defend anyone else's ideas or work - they [...]

Positivity in Teaching

It is better to point out what is right than to draw attention to what is wrong.Clara Kathleen Rogers Clara Kathleen Rogers (1844-1931) was an English-born American composer, singer, writer, and music educator. Under the name Clara Doria she pursued a career as an opera singer. Her career ended in 1878 when she married lawyer [...]

The Blind Men and the Elephant

I attended the regional mini-conference of the National Association of Teachers of Singing at Worcester State University yesterday. Among all of the day's events was a lively conversation with my colleague Kayla Jane Gautereaux about the perspectives with which we examine and conceptualize the voice. There are so many vantage points from which we can [...]