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I believe in teaching a function based technique that is free from an aesthetic bias.  What does that mean. 

Singing is art.  There is no "right" and "wrong" in art.  You have to know the kinds of sounds that you want to make, and it's my job to help you make them.  The word "beautiful" is largely off the table.  The word "functional" is my primary concern.  Your vocal longevity and your ability to express yourself with your voice are my primary concerns.

I created this blog & podcast because there is nothing I enjoy more than getting missives from former and current voice students "in the wild." Because that's what it is, isn't it?  So many of you have come for voice lessons wanting to be performers or educators and have slowly over the course of your young lives drawn your own map to get yourself there. You have help from people who are further along in their cartography.... people like me.  But the path to becoming working singers or working actors is largely uncharted and the map ends up looking WILDLY different for each person and each career.

Sometimes I get messages like "Can I come in for a voice lesson? I've been using the same one from Senior year" and sometimes Senior Year is 5-10 years ago.  I will ALWAYS be part of your voice team!  I hope you know that.  Please come by and sing.  If you are an alum and you are home in the summers I will always make time for a check-in with you, and there's never a charge for that.  If you want to start up regular lessons again, we can talk about that too, but a once every now and then.... PLEASE COME! I miss you and I want to hear what you sound like now.  

So I created this space to start singing and work discussions-- mainly with my current and former students but anyone is welcome.  

I want to talk about:
Optimizing practice time
Teaching Function-based technique free from aesthetic bias
What do your careers look like? 

I want to also do mini voice lesson podcast releases.  I would love for you to write me with requests too!!  For instance a former student came back and wanted to talk about singing in falsetto-- we did a little mini-sesh on falsetto and register blending :) We can talk about the different kinds of "mixing." We can talk about whatever you want!  If you come to my office to talk about it, you can be on the podcast, or if you just want to hear me talking to myself, I'll do a little freestyle and pretend you're there.  

I can't make promises about regularity except that I waited until I had 5 posts to let you all know that I was doing this :) 



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