Jeanie’s Blog

  • The Failure of Voice Science April 18, 2017

    I have been, since 1978, a strong advocate for voice science research. It’s application to vocal pedagogy has been a very strong ingredient in helping us all understand how the voice works and what the mechanism does when it is functioning optimally. My own work rests on knowledge of voice science, vocal health and medicine ...

  • Loud, louder and loudest April 12, 2017

    I attended a performance a few nights ago. It was in a small theater, probably an old Vaudeville theater that had been revamped. The show was “Hair” and it was decently done, although it seemed a bit chaotic. The biggest problem was the volume. Although the band was in a space high above the stage ...

  • Registers and Such April 12, 2017

    When I taught last April in Chicago, a group of four classical singing teachers attended and on the second day they informed me that the course was “beneath them”. They understood everything in the course already, they told me, and that it should be only for beginners. This was based on the idea that they had ...

  • Integrity? In 2017? Really? March 31, 2017

    Integrity? In 2017?? Really? The Merriam-Webster definition has this example: She had the integrity to refuse to compromise on matters of principle. Here’s what Wikipedia has to say: In ethics, integrity is regarded by many people as the honesty and truthfulness or accuracy of one’s actions. Integrity can stand in opposition to hypocrisy, in that judging with the standards of ...

  • Registers, Vowels, Formants, Harmonics March 10, 2017

    The topic of formant/harmonic tuning is a very hot one in voice science circles these days. It explains a lot of what we hear as sound in various vocal qualities and gives us clearer guidelines about how the vocal tract is functioning acoustically. Knowing, however, isn’t doing. Knowing is learned through trial and error by listening ...

  • I’m Good Enough Already February 27, 2017

    I just encountered this again. Sadly, there are people, even professional people, who think this. They get to a place they like and they stay there, sometimes forever. What kind of artist thinks, “I’m good enough already?” What kind of  singer has the idea that there is no further place to go? A bad one, I would say. Being ...

  • Branding February 25, 2017

    Some recent articles about the profession of teaching singing have strongly protested branding. Seems a few people are outraged that singing teachers have brands and give out certifications. These critics say that all the information anyone ever needs has been for around for years and that nothing else is necessary.  They are condemning and suspicious of branding. They believe that what ...

  • “Post-Truth” Singing December 11, 2016

    It is hard to imagine but we are currently living in an age of “post-truth.” It is difficult to wrap my mind around the idea that truth is not real but whatever someone says it is, yet this is being stated every day. This is incredibly dangerous. There is also “post-truth” singing. Hiding behind things that are ...

  • Conscious Singing November 22, 2016

    Most people do not fully understand the power and depth of sound as a creative force in the universe. Conscious singing, that is, being  a conscious sound-maker, or being one who brings forth the primary creative energy of the Universe, is an extraordinary experience. It is  simultaneously transformative to do and to hear. Someone singing from the depth ...

  • Never Too Late November 15, 2016

    It’s never too late to find your true voice. If you are open to exploring, if you have a sense of singing, if you are willing to have that experience, age is no barrier. Recently, in a master class, I was able to help someone find his voice in a way that he never had. In ...

  • Accommodation November 4, 2016

    Some people are very accommodating. They will do their best to help you, grant your request, assist you, or even inconvenience themselves so that your needs are met. This can be very important in relationships and in life. If you sing you have to accommodate the lyrics to the music or vice versa. You have to ...

  • SPOTLIGHT ON SUELY MESQUITA October 28, 2016

    Guest Interview by Billy Gollner How did you get started in music? I’ve been singing since I was a little kid, I was attracted to music; my mom signed me up for piano and guitar lessons. Many years later, I began singing in choirs, when I was 19 I began singing lessons with a classical teacher. As a ...

  • Getting Your Voice Together For The First Time October 26, 2016

    Some people have never had the opportunity to experience singing with freedom and ease, making a pleasing sound and expressing their feelings while singing. This is a terrible loss. If singing teachers were doing a good job across the board, anyone who took regular lessons for two years and practiced in between lessons, would end up sounding ...

  • Teaching By The Numbers October 20, 2016

    Did you know that every vocal sound we make can be reduced to five numbers? Surprising, but true. The human vocal tract has five specific “vibrating peaks” based on the length and diameter of the open tube between your vocal cords and your lips. As you sustain a vowel it interacts with that tube and, depending on the pitch ...

  • Integrity, Respect, Humility October 20, 2016

    I was raised by a father who was born in Pennsylvania to Sicilian immigrants. My mother was from New Orleans and was of German and Irish descent but her family had been there for at least 6 generations. I rarely saw my mother’s family. I was in Connecticut and was surrounded by my father’s family ...