Tag Archives: Student

Singing, Talent and Teaching Voice

Are we here to filter for the marketplace or to bring out the best in student singers? This provocative and rhetorical question rings in my ears almost every time I attend a diploma concert. What should be a celebration of … 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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„Don’t Push”— Pressure Centers Above and Below

Evan Bortnick       http://musa-vocalis.de/ Gesangsunterricht Wiesbaden How many times have we singers heard that admonition; “Don’t Push”? Either we’ve said it ourselves (to ourselves or our students) or we’ve heard it a million times from our own teachers. It sure sounds … 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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Vowel Color – Voice Color

Evan Bortnick           http://musa-vocalis.de/ Gesangsunterricht Wiesbaden Professional singers and voice students alike often hear the terms “Forward Placement” and “Brightness”. Some of these students, ESPECIALLY when in dynamic rapport with their teachers, tacitly understand what is meant. Is this a guarantee? … Continue reading

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To Question or not to Question? That is the Question. Eine kurze Untersuchung der Dialektik im Gesangsunterricht.

Evan Bortnick           http://musa-vocalis.de/ Gesangsunterricht Wiesbaden Jeder Gesangslehrer stellt Fragen während des Unterrichtens. Jeder Gesangslehrer gibt Anweisungen. Wo liegt Ihre eigene individuelle Betonung während Ihres Unterrichts? Auf welchen Prinzipien basiert diese Betonung und welche gesangspädagogischen Werte liegen hinter Ihren eigenen Prinzipien? … Continue reading

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