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 [...]

Nicolai Gedda on Laying a “Lyric Track” into the Voice

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=83OUwKTTJu8 Magische Töne indeed! She (Paola Novikova) was meticulous in that the instrument always had to be right. If it was not right, I would be required to start again until the sound was right. And she was just as attentive to language accent and interpretation in my roles. She was a genius for me. [...]

Quote of the Day

I am of the opinion that vocal masters of the past were listening to the play of overtones in the voices which they were training - it is they who developed the term, "registers." And, I know that better and faster results are obtained when a somnambulistic approach is taken in this acoustical type of [...]