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The Dreaded Clarinet Embouchure (VIDEO)

Correct embouchure is EXTREMELY important for getting a good sound on any instrument, but the clarinet is particularly difficult. One of the pitfalls that young clarinetists fall into is thinking that they are right simply because they can get a … Continue reading

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Vocal Technique Tips

I found this article the other day, which goes over some interesting vocal techniques and links for other tips. DISCLAIMER: I have not read through all of the tips on this website and so cannot confirm their validity or safety. … Continue reading

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Article: Teacher NOSE Best – dealing with nasality in singing.

An excellent article¬† from the “Vocal Process” blog, written by Jeremy Fisher, on how to remove that gross nasal sound from your choir or soloist. http://vocalprocess.co.uk/nasality-in-singing/ Enjoy!

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Selecting Choral Literature

Selecting literature for your music ensemble may be one of the most important tasks you do at the beginning of the school year, and also one of the most difficult and time-consuming. Guest clinician Jason Locker presents some things to … Continue reading

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Don’t Do That! (Try This Instead!)

By Dr. Matthew McCutcheon This is a list of common pitfalls that many school ensemble directors unknowingly fall into. While directed more toward wind ensembles, these can be applied just as easily to chorus or strings. The basic concepts are … Continue reading

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10 Rules for Expressive Singing

These are 10 rules that were demonstrated and explained at a music educator’s conference I attended recently. Most of these are things that choral people should know, but perhaps have forgotten and need to be reminded of. If you follow … Continue reading

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Sing Your Way to Health!

Hello everyone! I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and that all the teachers out there are enjoying their time away from children. I can tell you that it’s VERY quiet at my house while I am home, … Continue reading

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Orchestral Bowings

Hello all! Long time no write! I have finally landed a position in a school this year, teaching two classes of chorus and one class of orchestra. It has been fun but also very challenging at times. My orchestra class … Continue reading

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12 Quiet Rituals of Successful People

We all look for that quick fix that will help us to be successful, and most of the time those “miracle pills” and instant successes leave us feeling like we’ve just run around in circles and accomplished nothing. While there … Continue reading

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Double Bass Basics

Double Bass Basics Photo from http://www.dafmusic.com Based on information given by bassist and orchestra teacher Mauricio Rodriguez, at a strings clinic I attended recently. The bass should be viewed as an extension of your body, it should be very natural … Continue reading

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