Vocal Master Class #6: Volunteer Choirs

This post suggests ways to connect the dots among somatic education, functional voice training and vital singing into working with volunteer and community choirs. Now-a-days, that often means “groups of senior singers.” These ideas come from 19 years of working with choirs at Levine Music, a large community music school in Washington, DC, where I…

Vocal Master Class #5 The Cantor Can’t

“We are all students and teachers in everything we do, and we are both at the same time” -from Zen Guitar, by Philip Toshio Sudo Welcome back to this series of posts for singers and voice teachers on “Functional Voice Training, Somatic Education and Vital Singing…Connecting the Dots.” Today’s masterclass takes a slightly different form…

Vocal Master Class #4: Senior Chanteuse

“In helping a person increase functionality, it is important to follow the logic of human development.  You can not expect someone to run who can not walk.” –from “Singing With Your Whole Self–The Feldenkrais Method and Voice,” by Samuel Nelson and Elizabeth Blades-Zeller. In these “Vocal Master Class” posts,  I am suggesting specific ways to…

Vocal Master Class #3 Medicinal Madness

Terri is a 23-year old recent college graduate with a BFA Degree in Musical Theater from a well-respected academic program on the East Coast. Several years ago she studied singing with me during one of her summers at home. She had a great sense of humor and was an accomplished dancer as well as an experienced…