Category Archives: Presence

Tool or Crutch? Support, Independence and Integration in Singing.

Remember when you learned to ride a bicycle? You either had “training-wheels” or your father ran alongside you, holding the bike steady. How long were these tools necessary before the wheels came off or dad faded smiling in the distance? … Continue reading

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Performer’s Presence: Congruence, Dissociation and Double-Dissociation

Evan Bortnick       http://musa-vocalis.de/ Gesangsunterricht Wiesbaden A former Zen monk once told me the following story; “Three students stood on a mountain top. The first said: ‘I wish I were a bird. I could fly over the mountains.’ The second said: … Continue reading

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Games Voice Students Play — Past Teachers’ Failure

Evan Bortnick       http://musa-vocalis.de/ Gesangsunterricht Wiesbaden I’ve been noticing lately an increasing tendency, in blogs, in facebook and on singing/teaching sites in general, towards indignantly commenting about how many ‘bad’ voice teachers there are out there. This tendency seems emphasized by … Continue reading

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Quick-and-Dirty vs. Slow-and-Detailed

Evan Bortnick       http://musa-vocalis.de/ Gesangsunterricht Wiesbaden As we all know, there are COUNTLESS ways to perceive “Reality”. One thing’s for sure; how we perceive “Reality” determines both how we feel and how we behave. I’m sure you’ve also noticed that it’s … Continue reading

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“Prescribing the Symptom” in the Voice Lesson

Evan Bortnick       http://musa-vocalis.de/ Gesangsunterricht Wiesbaden A voice student begins singing in a lesson and you hear an OBVIOUS mistake, hindrance, inefficiency or blockage (nasality, jaw tension, tongue tension, over-darkened vowels, raised shoulders, high larynx, etc. etc.). What’s the next step? … Continue reading

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„PRESENCE“

Evan Bortnick       http://musa-vocalis.de/ Gesangsunterricht Wiesbaden Stage presence is a term I’ve heard since my first days on the stage. I always found it palpable as a phenomenon, yet almost impossible to describe. Is it possible to ‘teach’ it? Is it … Continue reading

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…the pursuit of Happiness.

Evan Bortnick           http://musa-vocalis.de/ Gesangsunterricht Wiesbaden I’m definitely not the first to wonder why our founding fathers chose “Life, Liberty and the “PURSUIT” of Happiness” as a motto. Why not “Life, Happiness and the Pursuit of Liberty? They of all people … Continue reading

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