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

Songwriting: Some Ideas on How to Start and Why We Don’t // Kat Reinhert

Songwriting seems to be a buzzword these days – and with good reason. It’s a way to access diverse musical creativities, gain musical skills, and probably more importantly, help the writer work through challenging emotional thoughts and feelings in a cathartic and holistic way. But songwriting, at least in my experience, also brings up issues of fear. Especially in musicians – and yes – I … Continue reading Songwriting: Some Ideas on How to Start and Why We Don’t // Kat Reinhert

Developing Vocal Style

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