The Gift That Keeps On Giving

I bought my first brand new car in 2004. I vividly remember driving away from the car dealer and tooling down the street feeling downright dizzy with glee riding in this snazzy vehicle. The paint on the car was bright and shiny and the body was pristine without a single scratch or the tiniest ding. […]

Throat Tightness

You may experience a certain amount of throat tightness as you sing, especially when attempting the high notes. You may start to strain your throat muscles or even squeeze your throat unnecessarily as you sing higher and higher. Yikes! Here’s the reason for this tightness: The sound of your voice originates from your vocal cords, […]

Bobbing For Notes

Do you lift your eyebrows or your chin or even stand on your tiptoes to try and reach high notes when you’re singing? Do you lower your eyebrows, drop your chin, squish up your face or even bend forward and down to try and reach low notes? Many people do. Why? These are simply reflex […]

Who Said That?

Here are some of my favorite quotes about singing and the power of the voice. As someone who has worked every day throughout all of my adult life with my own voice and with the voices of my students, I have gotten to experience this every day. In the quotes below you’ll see that you […]

Relax Your Ja-a-a-aw!

We are all dealing with some form of tension every day. Just turn on the news (or better yet, don’t) and that’s all you need to feel yourself begin to tighten up. This tension can find its way to any part of your body. For some of you this tension shows up in the jaw […]

A Few of My Favorite Tracks #1

My musical tastes are broad-ranging and include all sorts of instrumentation. However, I confess that I’m partial to singers (it figures, right?) and I like a wide array of vocal qualities and styles. Here is the first installment of  just a few of my favorite tracks that I thought I’d share with you. There are […]

Use It Or Lose It

I used to think that singing in the morning was not a good idea. My voice was so deep and like gravel when I woke up that I figured I should wait until later in the day. But when I exercise, I know that stretching is a good way to prepare my body and help […]

The Voice Can Do What?!

The voice is truly an amazing mechanism that is capable of so much more than just talking or singing a melody, although these are both complicated processes in themselves. I’m going to introduce you to some interesting ways of using the voice from different parts of the world that you may not know about, or […]

Singing Is A Natural High

People are often sending me articles explaining the research that is being done about the amazing and positive effects that singing has on the brain and your well being in general. Exactly! I don’t need a study or research to tell me what I’ve witnessed first hand after teaching singers and directing vocal groups for […]