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August 25, 2019 | Issue #4
Voice Technique: Get Control of Your Tongue!
A singer's tongue can be their nemesis! We need it to articulate, but often we find that it has a mind of its own.

Becoming aware of what your tongue is doing of its own volition is the first step in getting it to do what you actually want it to do. Singers want their tongues to stay mostly relaxed, doing the minimum amount of work to articulate your words clearly.

Google "tongue and singing" and you will find a million different opinions on how to deal with your tongue when you sing. My students should be aware of how we approach it! Tip of the tongue behind your bottom teeth, to prevent pulling the tongue back and bunching it up. Exercises to stretch your tongue out are good to do, if you find it hard to keep your tongue from pulling back.

If you haven't already watched the MRI of the opera singer with me, check it out above! You'll see how active your tongue actually is while you are singing, without you even realizing it!

Check out this Science Friday episode about the tongue and how to keep it in tip-top shape!
Folk Song Favorites
Down in the Valley
This week's folk song favorite is Down in the Valley .

Discover more about this classic folk song, listen to this sweet version of Burl Ives singing the song , or click here to download 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: Amy Beach
Amy Beach (1867-1944) was an American composer and pianist. She was the first successful American female composer of large-scale art music. Her "Gaelic" Symphony, premiered by the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1896, was the first symphony composed and published by an American woman. She was one of the first American composers to succeed without the benefit of European training, and one of the most respected and acclaimed American composers of her era. As a pianist, she was acclaimed for concerts she gave featuring her own music in the United States and in Germany.

Amy Beach was most popular for her vocal solos, and here are a few of her songs - click to listen!