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Voice Studio News & Fun
August 4, 2019 | Issue #1
How's Your Posture?
Diagram of a person demonstrating poor and good posture
Having good posture and head alignment is important for singing well! Correct alignment allows you to breathe efficiently and keeps your vocal tract (your throat, jaw, tongue, mouth) free and relaxed. Good posture puts your body in an optimal position for moving and dancing on stage. Also, it helps you feel more confident and is healthier for your joints. Mom says "Stand up straight!" and she is right!
Folk Song Favorites
Detail from a renaissance painting of a lady with green sleeves
This week's folk song favorite is Greensleeves , which has been around since at least 1580. You might recognize the tune as the Christmas carol "What Child is This." Discover more about this classic folk song from England, listen to this awesome King's Singers performance , or click here to download and sing or play for yourself!
Name That Tune
Have fun sight-reading these British folk tunes!
Easy sight-reading exercise
Intermediate sight-reading exercise
You've Got Rhythm!
Here are some exercises for rhythm practice - good luck!
Easy rhythm exercise
Intermediate rhythm exercise
Composer Spotlight: Clara Schumann
Clara Wieck Schumann (1819-1896) was a German musician and composer, considered one of the most distinguished composers and pianists of the Romantic era. She exerted her influence over a 61-year concert career, changing the format and repertoire of the piano recital, while also having composed a body of work including various piano concertos, chamber works, and choral pieces. She was married to composer Robert Schumann, and together they encouraged and maintained a close relationship with Johannes Brahms. She was the first to perform publicly any work by Brahms, notably the Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel. She was also an influential piano educator at the Hoch Conservatory in Frankfurt. Read more from Wikipedia