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A great singing lesson has Feedback

Giving Feedback You have the Form of your lesson planned, you’re Focusing on your student in exercises and in songs, you’re analysing what energetic state they are in today, but your lesson will still not be great unless you perfect the art of Feedback. Feedback is... Feedback is the life energy of the lesson. And feedback [...]

By |2019-05-27T22:38:16+01:00April 22nd, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |3 Comments

Interpreting stroboscopy – what do you see?

  Interpreting stroboscopy - what you see isn't always the truth. How do you translate what you see as a singing teacher or vocal coach? A World Voice Day special Singing and speaking are the manifestations of sound - as a listener, we don't have to see what's happening to understand the sounds. After all, it's possible [...]

What is music anyway?

I've been thinking about music and what it is, how it's written and how we perform it. I first showed the following sequence in a workshop at Chichester University in 2018. Let me know what you think! What do you see? The image above contains a number of white dots. There is very little meaning in [...]

By |2019-05-27T22:42:20+01:00April 8th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Free Stuff|Tags: , , , , , , , , |4 Comments

What is pitch?

When Gillyanne and I were writing our book This Is A Voice, this question appeared in an email from our (non-musician) editor. And it got me thinking. What is pitch and how do we think of it? In the acoustic/scientific sense pitch is defined as something creating noise that has a regular number of vibrations per [...]

By |2019-05-27T22:43:49+01:00April 1st, 2019|Categories: Blog, Free Stuff|Tags: , , , , |26 Comments

A great singing lesson has Focus

What makes a great singing lesson? Part 2 Finding Focus in a great singing lesson In the second of this three-part post, internationally renowned vocal coach and author Jeremy Fisher shares his top tips for a great singing lesson Whether you're a singing teacher, a vocal coach or a singing student, a great singing [...]

By |2019-05-27T22:47:55+01:00March 25th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , |8 Comments

Understanding versus belief in singing teaching

What's the difference between understanding and belief in singing teaching? Is it cut-and-dried or subtle? Are they interchangeable? Been reading an interesting book on power v force this week. The way I see it in singing teaching, power equates with understanding and force equates with belief. So power = "I share my truth so we can [...]

By |2019-05-27T22:48:23+01:00March 7th, 2019|Categories: Blog|4 Comments

Teaching girls to sing through adolescence

Teaching girls to sing through voice change Teaching adolescent girls to sing - 7 tips If you're teaching adolescent girls to sing, you already know that there can be some vocal challenges. The singing voice of a teenage girl will change quite substantially between the ages of 10 and 16. The changes can be [...]

By |2019-05-27T22:48:49+01:00February 20th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |3 Comments

Adolescent voice change in teenage girls

Adolescent voice change in teenage girls Teenage girls between about 10 and 16 go through adolescent voice change. They can get frustrated when their voice doesn't sound exactly the same as their favourite pop stars. The five stages of change that boys go through during adolescent voice change are very well documented - I've included details in my [...]

By |2019-05-27T22:50:11+01:00January 31st, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , |2 Comments

Adolescent voice – teenage male singers

Adolescent voice - working with teenage male singers Adolescent voice - myth busters! Let's bust some myths about adolescent voice, and male voice change in particular: “Boys’ voices break.” Nothing breaks during puberty. A boy’s larynx and vocal folds go through five distinct and sequential changes, and the pitch and tone of his voice [...]

CPD for 2019 – what will you choose?

There’s a huge amount of chit-chat on social media groups for singing teachers about ‘professional development’. CPD (Continuing Professional Development) is apparently the buzz-word. On the AOTOS FB chat I’ve seen members ask about others’ experiences of courses, financial considerations and even the odd admonishment for those who don’t do it. In 2017 I had a [...]

By |2019-01-17T14:04:18+00:00January 17th, 2019|Categories: Blog|0 Comments