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2014 in review

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

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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.

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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!

Teaching voice

[from June 2010]

While I was attending the Voice Foundation workshops in Philadelphia earlier this month, I found myself pondering all the different things that we voice teachers actually teach.

Herewith, an incomplete list:

  • communication
  • technique
  • deportment
  • breathing
  • acting (action, gesture, emotion, face)
  • diction
  • modern and ancient languages
  • mental imagery
  • preventative health
  • collaboration with others (at the least, the pianist)
  • musical style
  • historical understanding
  • self-confidence

New blog

I keep thinking about writing about the discoveries and lessons I am gleaning and gaining and giving as a voice teacher.  Over the next year, I’ll see where this blog leads me.