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Changing the Feel of a Cover Song with Limited Instrumental Skills // Jess Baldwin

There’s no shame in not having major instrumental skills, and it definitely doesn’t have to hold you back in helping your student (or yourself!) reimagine a cover song in a style that feels more authentic. Here are a few tools you can use. Ballad-ize It If you want to ballad-ize something, Look on YouTube/iTunes for stripped down versions of a song. Search terms like “piano … Continue reading Changing the Feel of a Cover Song with Limited Instrumental Skills // Jess Baldwin

Heroes // Kat Reinhert

I was reading this book recently about creating your dream life and one of the exercises in it was to write down your heroes. And I just stared at the page. For probably about an hour. Racking my brain. And then I cried. A lot.  I don’t have any heroes. At least not in the traditional sense I understand. I wasn’t brought up being asked … Continue reading Heroes // Kat Reinhert

The Delicate Balance of Technique and Artistry // Laura Donohue

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

What Matters When Teaching is What Remains After Lessons // Mark Baxter

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

Love the Music? Love the People: Moving Beyond Style to the Heart and Soul of Genre // Jess Baldwin

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

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

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