Creative Renewal: Five Responses to What Have You “Done” Lately?

The other day, as private students were passing each other in my small waiting room, I introduced them to each other. I usually introduce students to each other by way of cool tidbits. I said “Steven, meet Carolyn–she loves the American songbook and is a wonderful singer.” “Carolyn, meet Steven, he is also a voice…

Vocal Master Class #9: Beliefs that Hinder Singing

In this next post for Somatic Education, Functional Voice Training and Vital Singing…Connecting the Dots, “Alex” is an amalgam of two students that I found to be exceptionally challenging to work with, but ultimately rewarding. There were many moments when I struggled with “do I keep this person in my studio or admit defeat and pass…

Vocal Master Class #8 May I Be Franck?

This week’s post on Functional Voice Training, Somatic Education and Vital Singing…Connecting the Dots, features a manner of working that is dependent on the student being both musical and a musician. Musical means there is expression in the voice, (phrasing, colors, emotional connection, etc.) regardless of technical and personal issues, and a musician means discerning…

Vocal Master Class #7 The Feet Have It

  As Ida Rolf, the renowned bodyworker and founder of Structural Integration (aka Rolfing), pointed out, “A man’s tracks tell quite a true story. They inform quietly about ankles and knees, but they shout the news about hips and pelvis. If one foot is consistently everted [tilted onto its inner edge], the ankle, the knee, or, perhaps…