TRICIA GREY, MM Onset can be defined as the manner in which a vocal tone is initiated.  The initiation of vocal tone determines the quality of the sound, and thus is of primary importance to us as singers and teachers.  I would like to discuss the various types of onset here, and to make… Read more »

American Idol Auditions 2013

July 11th – Salt Lake City July 16th – San Francisco July 21st – Detroit July 26th – Atlanta August 2nd – Boston August 7th – Austin August 11th – Omaha If you’re unable to audition in person at one of the locations listed above, American Idol is offering the opportunity to audition online! For… Read more »

How to Get Started with Songwriting

So you want to be a songwriter- Whether you’re looking to turn songwriting into a career or just a new hobby, there are several aspects involved in perfecting the craft. First, it’s important that you are dedicated to working hard at learning the necessary skills involved with this particular activity. It is okay if you… Read more »


THE DAZZLING STORY OF PRINCE RUMI or How the Universe Sometimes Conspires for Our Benefit This is not my usual Vocal Technique oriented blog, but I felt compelled to write it.   Hope you enjoy! About three years ago I got a call from a member of a choir I was then directing. Knowing I have… Read more »

What Should I Avoid as a Singer?

To avoid losing your voice or harming your vocal folds, you should consult the list below and take it seriously. It will take self-control, but in the end, like everything else, the hard work will pay off. Avoid drinking alcohol, even wine. These harmful drinks are dehydrating and may affect the mucosa of the vocal… Read more »

When to Start Your Child With Professional Voice Lessons

  With television shows such as Glee, American Idol, and The Voice rising in popularity, it’s no wonder why so many children would like to begin voice lessons. While a child’s voice may take years to develop, their love of music often develops early on.  When deciding to enroll your child in professional voice lessons… Read more »

Tips for Singers: How to Gain YouTube Success

With so many advances in technology and social media, it’s now possible for singers to get discovered online. In today’s music industry, it takes a certain level of branding to receive the attention needed to start a successful career. Many young singers have found YouTube to be a great platform for showcasing their talents and… Read more »

How to Sing: Dealing with Stage Fright

What is stage fright and how can it be avoided?  I believe that when a singer is at all insecure about whether or not their voice will work under pressure, they become anxious about exposing themselves to public scrutiny.  Without a solid foundation of vocal technique, stepping into the limelight and risking possible humiliation if… Read more »

Singing Lessons: Talent is Over-Rated

One of the most insidious and incorrect notions about singing talent is “Either you have it or you don’t”.  That psychologically damaging point of view prevents many people from even attempting to reach for their dream of becoming a good singer.  I recently had a student come to me whose mother constantly told her not… Read more »