I’m fascinated with the complicated relationship between Technique and Artistry, in part because I strive to help my students stay connected to (or discover) their own artistry. But the other reason is personal: as an artist and songwriter, myself, I feel as though I am often chasing wildness. I have an insatiable appetite for learning; at the same time, I frequently find myself seeking freedom … Continue reading The Delicate Balance of Technique and Artistry // Laura Donohue
There’s never been a shortage of advice when it comes to helping singers improve. However, the most obvious question has never been definitively answered: What matters most? How is it that there are miles of books and research papers and yet no unified answer? At first, the search for an answer just leads to more questions. Does our curiosity set us on a path up … Continue reading What Matters When Teaching is What Remains After Lessons // Mark Baxter
A call to action for voice teachers and music educators on behalf of BIPOC and all singers of popular musics. Continue reading Love the Music? Love the People: Moving Beyond Style to the Heart and Soul of Genre // Jess Baldwin
Independent Teacher Kelly Hoppenjans discusses the relationship between imitation and originality. Continue reading Imitation vs. Originality—What Makes a Singer Unique? // Kelly Hoppenjans
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
Berklee Associate Professor Marcelle Gauvin discusses her expansion from functional vocal pedagogy into artistic Wayshowing. Continue reading Becoming A Wayshower // Marcelle Gauvin
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
Guest Blogger Kelly Hoppenjans gives some great tips teachers can use to help our singers find and write for their unique, individual voices.
Pop-Rock Musical Style Guru Sheri Sanders talks about how we can develop our own personal vocal style by building a palette of colors from other great voices.