Tag Archives: Singer

Acceptance, Rejection and the Student Singer

As teachers and especially as young professional singers, all of us, without exception, have experienced both acceptance and rejection. Without a doubt both acceptance and rejection have their motivational advantages and disadvantages. As a young singer I felt inadequately prepared … Continue reading

Posted in Professional, Singing, Teaching, Vocal Pedagogy | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

The Projection Booth and the Screen

Evan Bortnick       http://musa-vocalis.de/ Gesangsunterricht Wiesbaden Ever since Garcia (fils) first looked at a pair of vibrating vocalis muscles a war seems to be raging among singers and singing teachers. On one side of the trenches is the clan who is … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Lessons, Opera, Pedagogy, Singing, Teaching, Voice | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

How early should young singers begin performing?

Evan Bortnick       http://musa-vocalis.de/ Gesangsunterricht Wiesbaden This question is of vital importance just because there is no clear-cut answer. Some students DEFINITELY need more ‘incubation’ time than others. Some students thrive on the pressure of preparing for a public performance. One … Continue reading

Posted in Archetypes, Art, Inner Game, Lessons, Mental Training, Opera, Pedagogy, Singing, Teaching, Voice | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Singer’s Formant, the Diaphram and the “Vegas”-Nerve

Evan Bortnick       http://musa-vocalis.de/ Gesangsunterricht Wiesbaden In a recent discussion in a forum on LinkedIn the topic of the Vagus nerve came up. Someone unintentionally (or intentionally) misspelled it “Vegas” which precipitated a most educating and entertaining exchange. Here are some … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Family Constellations, Fitness, Inner Game, Lessons, Mental Training, NLP, Opera, Pedagogy, Singing, Teaching, Voice | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Terminology, Semantics and “The MIND”

Evan Bortnick           http://musa-vocalis.de/ Gesangsunterricht Wiesbaden It fascinates me over and over again how we use terminology and yet it’s not REALLY clear what is meant and what is not. Take the word “MIND”. If we are going to separate “Mind” … Continue reading

Posted in Audition, Authenticity, Communication, Congruence, Emotional Intelligence, Emotional Transparency, Fitness, Inner Game, Intelligence, Mental Training, Mind, Mind-Body, Music, NLP, Pedagogy, Performance, Presence | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Slower is Faster

Evan Bortnick           http://musa-vocalis.de/ Gesangsunterricht Wiesbaden Funny thing about time. It is relative. When I was in my 20s, I wanted to ‘get it together’ as a performer and as a singer as fast as possible. My time-frame for preparing a … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Audition, Authenticity, Class, Communication, Congruence, Emotional Intelligence, Emotional Transparency, Fitness, Inner Game, Intelligence, Lessons, Mental Training, Music, Pedagogy, Performance, Performance Training, Presence, Public Speaking, Self Expression, Singing, Speaking, Teaching, Voice | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Metaphors and the Semantic Chauvinist

Evan Bortnick   http://musa-vocalis.de/ Gesangsunterricht Wiesbaden I have a real place in my heart for method-chauvinism. I think that’s probably because some of my best voice teachers were convinced that there was only one way to teach and that was their … Continue reading

Posted in Audition, Authenticity, Class, Congruence, Fitness, Harmonie, Inner Game, Lessons, Mental Training, Music, Opera, Pedagogy, Performance, Performance Training, Presence, Self Expression, Singing, Teaching, Voice | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment