I’m reading a book called Real Artists Don’t Starve by Jeff Goins, and I’ve just learned an interesting thing about the legendary artist, Michelangelo: it turns out his first commission was a con job. According to the author, Michelangelo had been hired by a shady art dealer to create a statue and make it look.. read more →

29 May 2018
May 29, 2018

Why I Test

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Students of mine who have been with me for a while know that I obtain ongoing education and certification through the Institute for Vocal Advancement. This means that every year, I am required to undergo a certain number of hours in private vocal training, teacher training, research projects, and more. It’s a rigorous program that.. read more →

Let’s be honest: practicing songs is fun. Practicing scales…not so much. The thing is, those vocal exercises are a very important part of our progress as singers. It’s the vocal workout that we need in order to build the skills necessary to sing songs more effectively. If you skip your scales in order to get right to.. read more →

My students always ask me for examples of “good singers”. It’s important to have a selection of singers who demonstrate not only good artistry but also good technique because, to a certain degree, we do imitate the artists we listen to the most. In this Sound Studies series, I’m going to be talking about some examples of these.. read more →

At the end of a voice lesson today, one of my young students asked me if I had a couple of extra minutes to spare. It so happens I did, so she asked, “Can I sing Halo to you real quick before I go?” It’s safe to say that unless a student possesses prodigious amounts.. read more →

I’m speaking from experience when I say that every singer goes through discouragement. Even the amazing ones. It’s a paralyzing emotion, and it could easily derail your progress whether you are a new singer or a seasoned performer. Having been a singer my entire life, I have had a lot of brushes with discouragement –.. read more →

Hi Renee. I’m curious to know if anyone can learn to have the depth and soul of Aretha Franklin’s voice, Mariah’s honeyed tones (circa 90s) and the sound of Luther Vandross’ smooth allure. Or are we just stuck with our own God-given screech of a voice? – Derek, Vancouver (BC) Hi Derek! There are ways.. read more →

13 Mar 2013
March 13, 2013

Scared to Sing?

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In my experience as a singing instructor, I’ve noticed that there are a lot of people who come to me for voice lessons because they are scared to sing. I’m not even just talking about performers who get stage fright before a show. There is a surprising number of people who literally get nervous when.. read more →

“How long will it take until I get better?” This is one of the most common questions I get from new students. It’s a pretty tough question to answer, because every singer learns differently. More importantly, I think that improvement – getting better – is not a finite goal, but a continuous practice. No matter.. read more →