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July 6, 2020 | Issue #21 | Newsletter Archive
Voice Study: New Online Practice Resources
I'm excited to present some new online video resources on YouTube, exclusively for my students, to help you all with your home practice, especially during this time that we are not able to do in-person lessons.

I have created videos and YouTube playlists of about 50 of our warm-ups and solfege exercises, for you to practice along with, and warm up for online lessons.

Resources also include a YouTube playlist of stretches, yoga, core exercises, facial/jaw massage, and other physical warm-ups for singers.

You will also find links to Vaccai vocal exercises, and I will continue to add more videos and resources - I have some more exciting things coming this summer. Please let me know if you think of anything that would be useful to include for you.
Folk Song Favorites
Frère Jacques is a French nursery rhyme, also known in English as Brother John, and is traditionally sung as a round. A round (also called a canon) is a musical composition in which a minimum of three voices sing exactly the same melody, but with each voice beginning at different times so that different parts of the melody coincide in the different voices. It is one of the easiest forms of part singing, as only one line of melody need be learned by all parts, and is part of a popular musical tradition. Other well-known rounds are "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" and "Three Blind Mice."

"Frère Jacques" is about a friar who has overslept and is urged to wake up and sound the bell for the matins, the midnight or very early morning prayers for which a monk would be expected to wake.

Here's a really cool a cappella version that also incorporates overtone singing! If you don't know what that is, go back and read our newsletter from last March 30.

Check out this barbershop-style version sung by one person, with himself!
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 - grab your metronome and go for it!
Composer Spotlight: Claude Debussy
Claude Debussy ( 1862-1918) was a French composer who is sometimes seen as the first Impressionist composer, with his compositional style focusing on mood and atmosphere, and rejecting some previous classical music conventions. He was among the most influential composers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

With early influences including Russian and far-eastern music, Debussy developed his own style of harmony and orchestral coloring, which was resisted by much of the musical establishment of his day. He lived an interesting and somewhat scandalous life, and died of cancer at his home in Paris at the age of 55. Read the full article at Wikipedia.

One of Debussy's most famous pieces is "Prelude to the afternoon of a faun." Watch the Detroit Symphony play the piece, or check out this cool animation set to the music.

Some of my favorite Debussy songs for voice are:

  • Romance, sung by one of my favorite sopranos, Arleen Auger.

  • Beau Soir, originally for solo voice and piano, but arranged here for choir.