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Teaching singing

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/oct/31/secret-life-singing-teacher-therapist

Our Webster alumnus Derek posted this on Facebook today.

The anonymous author speaks truth!  Every lesson is different, and many feel like therapy, sometimes for me, but more often for the person taking the lesson.

What a resource!

Scott Miller has put together an incredible set of musical theatre resources at his New Line Theatre site.

http://newlinetheatre.blogspot.com/2015/10/ten-awesome-surprises-on-new-lines.html

I mean . . . WOW!

What to do?

I was visiting with a musical theatre alumnus a few months ago, one who is now working in the industry as an agent’s assistant.  He is seeing the musical theatre world from a wholly different angle.

I asked him what he knows now that he wishes he would have known three years ago.

His response:

  • Do a student film.  You will need to have a reel, and you need experience acting in front of the camera.
  • Engage in other creative activities.  Write.  Read novels.  Do improv.  Take an art class.  All of this will feed your own creativity on stage.
  • Leave college with a video reel.  You need quality excerpts of your on-stage work in college.  Beg your department for a two different two-minute clips of your best work on stage.

I would add to this:

  • See everything you can.  Even community theatre can be instructive.
  • Learn from the negative example.  We can learn what not to do just as readily as we can learn what to do.
  • Do experimental and devised theatre.
  • Learn a song — and learn it well — in at least one foreign language.
  • Take music theory courses seriously.  Anyone who sings needs to comprehend and be able to apply the symbolic language of music.

And read and do this: http://www.theatrepeople.com.au/my-advice-to-my-younger-self/

R

My constant remonstration:

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Thanks, Ron!

Happiness

Baggage is part of life. What you hold onto, though, is a key to happiness in life.

What baggage should you discard now?

What are you holding onto?

Repost: starting an arts organization

While this post is not necessarily related to the purpose of this little blog, it’s a good read anyhow, and may strike some chords and generate some ‘aha’ moments.

http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/01/20/becoming-an-arts-entrepreneur-establishing-a-firm-foundation?WT.mc_id=37343d5fa91100c3da4deeda6b97b858

2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,000 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 33 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Regional sounds

Lincoln, NE–

With three days of auditions now in the books, I can safely make this statement:

Regional sounds are disappearing amongst teenagers.

We have heard folks from nearly every state in the country.  With few exceptions, each of these students sounded pretty much the same.  I heard two kids who sounded like they were from the South, and one who sounded like New Jersey.  But for the most part, a generic Midwestern flatness is now part of the speaking voice of the several hundred high school students who auditioned this week.

I lament the loss of regional vocal differences!