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5 Reasons for Taking Singing Lessons

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5 Reasons for Taking Singing Lessons

Your journey to a better voice can begin with your first Singing Lesson! Here are five good reasons to take singing lessons.   1) Natural Self-Esteem Booster The success you feel after completing a specific goal or learning a new skill can be amazing. The positive individual attention that can be given either in private or small-group singing lessons can help foster self-esteem and self-worth in the student by showing them that they are worthy of personal attention and that others believe in their success. 2) Developing Creativity as well as...

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Singing Exercises – the Basics

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Singing Exercises – the Basics

There are a number of basic singing exercises available to help you be a better singer, and even a rudimentary understanding of these fundamentals can dramatically improve your voice! In fact, learning a range of singing exercises is essential in becoming a better performer. Always remember that even very talented singers need to practice all the time and ensure they look after their voices. By doing this, they tend to harness the talent they have and use it to its maximum advantage.   Firstly, and prior to actually doing any singing, it is a...

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Music Scholarships

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Several organizations in the United States offer music scholarships in order to encourage students to take of music as a profession and uphold culture. Like most other forms of art, a full-fledged career in music can be deeply rewarding. However, the study period can be tough. While the curriculum is a hard taskmaster, fees and other course expenses tend to be high and make it tougher for students. Students might have to take large amounts of student loans and struggle with repayment for years after the course. Music scholarships can...

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The Principles of Music Teaching

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The pursuit of personal excellence, whether as a five-year-old or as a sixty-five-year-old, is a driving force of life–the cradle of hope and faith. Whether this pursuit is in the planting of a garden, the raising of a child, the painting of a picture, becoming an “A” student or excelling at sports, bodybuilding or music, the basic principles remain the same. Regardless of your path, I believe you will find correlations in the basic principles of my teaching of the piano. 1.      Most people READ THROUGH the music repeatedly...

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The Berlin Philharmonic Back in Salzburg

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The Berlin Philharmonic made its annual appearance in Salzburg with an exciting program comprising three concerts and one opera. The emphasis this year was on the British composer, Benjamin Britten. His opera, Peter Grimes, is a gloomy saga about the proud, self-willed fisherman. It is his uncompromising independence and unwillingness to accept any help, that brings Peter Grimes to disaster and suicide. Director Sir Trevor Nunn and designer John Gunter filled the stage of the Grosses Festspielhaus with Brugellian bleak true-to-life sets...

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The Washington Opera

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The Washington Opera

Although in its current season the Washington Opera will be giving 80 performances of eight operas, the beginnings of this impressive company were humble. In fact, the first formal performance of the company in 1957 took place in an auditorium in one of Washington’s universities, and rehearsals had to be held in New York.   During the recent season, I attended performances of Don Carlos and The Marriage of Figaro. Don Carlos is one of Verdi’s richest operas, which confronts issues of religious, political and personal conflicts,...

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NEW VOICES @ CUA – The 2014 Festival of New Vocal Music

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New Voices @ CUA is a phenomenal festival of new vocal music, music that was just written for the human voice. In January 2014, the fourth edition took place showcasing chamber music, art song, sacred music, and cabaret. The festival was a 2-day event at The Catholic University of America (CUA) in Washington, DC. See also this New Voices @ CUA 2013 video (I Pray for Them): On January 24 & 25, 2014, UCA’s Benjamin T. Rome School of Music (SCI Chapter) hosted the two-day festival of new vocal music in Washington, D.C. This fourth...

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Kennedy Center Concert

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Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony featured at Washington Performing Arts Concert CUA’s Benjamin T. Rome School of Music is actually the only university to participate in this concert which is presented by WPA (Washington Performing Arts) that will celebrate the organization’s 50th anniversary. The unique concert, which will also include new work from Esa-Pekka Salonen, the great Finnish composer and orchestral conductor, is actually the first collaboration ever of WPA and the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music, says the school’s dean...

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Ultimate Personal Soundtrack For Daddy Mourning

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Ultimate Personal Soundtrack For Daddy Mourning

1. I’ll Fly Away – Jars of Clay with Sarah Kelly: When I was in preschool, my dad sang with the gospel group at church. This is one of the songs they sang. 2. Sweet Child o’ Mine – Sheryl Crow – I made a slideshow of family photos to tell Dad I was pregnant with Bob. This played in the background. The video ended with “I told you it was going to be a good year.” Yes, yes, I’d like to throw up at that irony too. 3. Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters – Indigo Girls (Link goes to a version by Heart): Back in the day, there was a...

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Overpaid profession, overrated musician-My 5 series

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I recently joined a community of people who prepare for the GED exam  ( I write questions for their online classes). Somebody suggested this funny game to answer these 5 questions. What’s a profession you believe to be overpaid? Who’s a musician you believe to be overrated? What in your life could stand to be overhauled? What’s something interesting you recently overheard? Who is the most overextended person you know? Generally, anybody who works less than me but gets paid more. I work solidly for 10 hours a day, don’t really take any breaks...

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