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May 18, 2020 | Issue #19 | Newsletter Archive
Voice Study: Your Home Practice Area
As much as we can work on your voice technique in our voice lessons, practicing at home is important for you to get the most out of your voice study, and get better at singing, faster.

There are a lot of challenges to practicing at home, especially now with family members working at home and doing school online. Here are some tips for your home practice:

  1. Talk to your family to see if they can give you some privacy for a short time each day, or a few times a week, so that you can practice.
  2. Choose a quiet area, with a piano if you have one. If you don't have a piano, you can use a piano app on your phone, or practice along with YouTube videos.
  3. Sometimes it can help your practice feel more private if you use earphones.
  4. Recording yourself and listening back to the recordings is great.
  5. If it's too hard to find a time and place to practice now, just remember that you can practice all day long by doing the following:
  • monitor your posture throughout the day
  • do your breathing exercises
  • do core-building exercises like crunches, planks, yoga, pilates, etc.
  • practice relaxing your jaw, neck, and head, while you engage your core
  • do some straw phonation (humming through a straw) every day
  • listen to lots of music that you would like to sing
  • sing in the shower!

If you have any more concerns about practicing, be sure to let me know - I'm here to help you!
Folk Song Favorites
Land of the Silver Birch is a traditional Canadian folk song that dates from the 1920s. It is sometimes sung to keep time while canoeing, and sometimes sung at campfires in a round. Its subject matter is a romanticized vision of nature and the land from the perspective of an Indigenous person, but it remains popular with the non-Aboriginal majority in Canada. It's a popular song sung in many elementary schools.

The song has been the subject of some controversy in Canada lately, due to the racist historical context of the song.

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 - grab your metronome and go for it!
Composer Spotlight: Johann Sebastian Bach
Johann Sebastian Bach ( 1685-1750) was a German composer and musician of the Baroque era. He is known for instrumental compositions such as the Brandenburg Concertos and the Goldberg Variations, and for vocal music such as the St Matthew Passion and the Mass in B minor. Throughout the 18th century Bach was primarily known for his keyboard music. In the 19th century, his full catalog of music was popularize through the publication of some major biographies and performance of his works, and now he is generally regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time

Check out ClassicFM's great Bach info page.

You probably even know some of Bach's music - listen to the wonderful pieces below:

And some of my favorite vocal works by Bach: