You gotta fight… for your right… to sing in the right key? // Jo Sear

I’ve been a lead singer in a variety of Pop/Rock/Soul covers bands for the past 27 years, and a teacher of Popular Music styles for 16 years. After such a long time inhabiting that world, very little shocks me these days. But I recently experienced an unusual and very pleasant surprise when I joined the Soul function band I currently sing with: Before we started … Continue reading You gotta fight… for your right… to sing in the right key? // Jo Sear

The Thing About Repertoire // Kat Reinhert

One of the most frequent questions I get from voice teachers asking me advice about teaching in popular music spaces is: “What repertoire should I use?” The first time someone asked me this question, I was dumbfounded. I couldn’t actually understand what they were asking – or even WHY they were asking it. But, after thinking for a minute – I said:  WHATEVER THE STUDENT … Continue reading The Thing About Repertoire // Kat Reinhert

Five Lessons Voice Teachers Can Take From the Last Decade of Popular Music // Kate Paradise

Belmont University Commercial Voice Professor Kate Paradise gives us an overview of some important developments in music over the last decade. Continue reading Five Lessons Voice Teachers Can Take From the Last Decade of Popular Music // Kate Paradise

Song Choice in the Contemporary Studio // Julie Dean

All of my singers want to sing commercial music, or popular songs. I encourage them to sing what they want to sing. When I first began taking voice lessons myself over 20 years ago, I was assigned an Italian art song. Learning Italian as a beginning voice student was very common, and at the Academic level, is still how it’s done (few exceptions). Occasionally, a … Continue reading Song Choice in the Contemporary Studio // Julie Dean

Developing Vocal Style // Jess Baldwin

As Kelly mentioned in last week’s post, it’s important to sound like YOU when singing in your own style. But what if you don’t know what your style is yet? How do you start to develop it? Your style can be influenced consciously as well as subconsciously. Subconscious style influences can include the music your family listens to, the music at your place of worship, … Continue reading Developing Vocal Style // Jess Baldwin

Kid-Friendly Popular and Commercial Playlists // Jess Baldwin

I have a few playlists on Spotify that I maintain to collect tunes that would be fun and appropriate for people to sing and play regardless of age. I send students and parents the links so they can listen and choose some options. Generally, I find that the parents are relieved to have a kid-friendly playlist that doesn’t drive them bonkers. The kids still have freedom … Continue reading Kid-Friendly Popular and Commercial Playlists // Jess Baldwin