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October 13, 2019 | Issue #10
Voice Technique: Your Jaw and TMJ Pain
Jaw tension is common for many people, and especially so for singers. We need to take extra care of our temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and be aware of any pain that may result from tension.

The TMJ connects the lower jaw, called the mandible, to the temporal bone at the side of the head. If you place your fingers just in front of your ears and open your mouth you will feel the joints. These joints are flexible, allowing the jaw to move smoothly up and down and side to side for speech, singing, chewing, and yawning.

Folk Song Favorites
Cielito Lindo
This week we turn to Mexico for everyone's favorite Cielito Lindo . If you think you don't know it, you probably do!

Commonly played by mariachi bands, it has been recorded by many artists in the original Spanish as well as in English and other languages. It has become a famous song of Mexico, especially in Mexican expatriate communities around the world and for Mexicans attending international events such as the Olympic Games or the FIFA World Cup.

Click here to download the song and sing or play for yourself!
Name That Tune
Have fun sight-reading these folk tunes! Do you recognize them?
You've Got Rhythm!
Here are some exercises for rhythm practice - good luck!
Composer Spotlight: Jeanine Tesori
Jeanine Tesori (b. 1961) is an American composer and musical arranger. She is the most prolific and honored female theatrical composer in history, with five Broadway musicals and five Tony Award nominations. She won the 1999 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music in a Play for Nicholas Hytner's production of Twelfth Night at Lincoln Center, the 2004 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music for Caroline, or Change, and the 2015 Tony Award for Best Original Score for Fun Home (shared with Lisa Kron), making them the first female writing team to win that award.

Her major works include Fun Home; Caroline, or Change; Shrek The Musical; Thoroughly Modern Millie; Mulan II; and Violet.

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