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Voice Lessons Now Available
With Madeline McCord!
fell in love with performing when she was seven-years-old. Ever since, she has been singing, acting and making music in her
community, schools, and professionally. Madeline started taking piano and voice lessons at a very young age and she truly
believes that starting early really guides young musicians in the right direction to have the opportunity to pursue what their
passionate about. She loves to apply warm-ups, activities and fun little tricks she has learned throughout her many years
of training while working with her voice and piano students. She specializes in musical theater and has extensive experience
with classical music, pop, rock, R&B, and jazz after studying Vocal Performance at Berklee College of Music. Madeline
always gives her students the opportunity to work at their own pace and have an input in their song choices, but she loves
to challenge them to help them perform the best they can! She adores teaching music to students of all ages and she is so
excited to be a part of the Bloomingdale School of Music team!
to Keep Your Voice Healthy
What does it
take to keep your voice healthy for auditions, performances, and everything else you do? In recognition of World Voice Day,
Dr. Wendy LeBorgne, voice pathologist and singing voice specialist, shares her top five tips to help you be at your best vocally.
1. Train your voice and body just like an athlete: Learn proper singing technique, don’t overuse the voice, get plenty of rest, eat a balanced, healthy diet.
Singers are like vocal gymnasts who traverse their artistic range with apparent ease and flexibility. Gymnasts are extremely
disciplined people who spend hours perfecting their craft and are much more likely than the general public to sustain an injury.
Professional singers carry some of these same risks and must maintain a disciplined practice schedule with intervals of rest
and recovery to perform at an optimal level, regardless of genre.
2. Let your voice shine. Attempting to imitate someone else’s voice or singing style can require
you to sing or do things outside of your comfortable physiologic range or current vocal skill level. This could result
in vocal injury. Also remember that if you are imitating someone who is already famous, their millions have been made.
You want to be the next star that they hire, not just a copycat.
3. Pace yourself. When you are preparing for a show or audition season, you must pace yourself
and your voice. You would not think of trying to get all of your exercise in at the gym by going one day a week for
5 hours. Rather, you should sing (and exercise) in smaller increments of time (30-45 minutes) each day, gradually building
muscular skill and stamina. As you improve, you should be able to increase the amount of time as well as the difficulty
of vocal skill.
4. Avoid phonotraumatic behaviors such as yelling, screaming, loud talking, singing
too loudly. When you increase your vocal loudness,
your vocal folds bang together harder (much like clapping your hands really hard, loud, and fast). After a period of
doing this, your vocal folds begin to react to the impact by becoming swollen and red. Long term phonotrauma can lead
to vocal fold changes such as vocal fold nodules.
5. Adequate hydration.
Be sure to drink plenty of non-caffeinated beverages throughout the day. Although nothing you eat or drink gets onto
the vocal folds, adequate oral hydration allows the mucus to act like a lubricant instead of glue. (Courtesy of Majoring in Music)
Over 100 recital videos are now on YouTube! Visit "Sweet Sounds for You" to see you and
your friends performing at past recitals!
Recital videos are also available on facebook!
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IMA Prep and General Recital
May 13, 2017
October 14, 2017
Of Removing The Song Stuck In Your Head
You’re minding your own business, doing what you normally do as you get ready for
work. While you’re in the car, you hear a song that catches your ear, and the next thing you know a line or two from
it is stuck in your head. You can’t remember how the entire song goes, just that one line. Was it from the chorus? Was
it just a line in the song that stood out? Either way, it plays on repeat over and again in our cranium all day.
What can you do to remove the song that is stuck in your head?
the term “earworm” have any significance to you? It’s a word used to describe the effect of having a song
(or part of a song) play repeatedly in your head. Scientists and psychologists have been studying the causes and effects of earworms to determine if there is a scientific source
for these occurrences as well as trying to find a solution to this ongoing problem.
cause for earworms is a heavy emotional experience. If you hear a certain tune while you’re in a strong emotional state,
the next time you feel that emotion could cause an earworm of the same song.
have found that the best solution to an earworm is to make yourself (or your brain in this case) become so enthralled with
something else that the song evaporates from your conscious thought. This has proven to be successful for most people dealing
with a song stuck in their head. However, this method is not foolproof.
When concentrating on other emotional cues does not give you the earworm relief you seek,
you can also try to confront the song head on. Yes, look up the entire song, play it at full volume and sing along if you
know the words. The idea is that by subjecting yourself to the entire song, the piece that was stuck in your head gets bumped
out and your mind can move on.
When concentration and confrontation don’t work, the third option is another “C” word,
chase. The logic of the chaser is to force the earworm out through listening to other music. Whether the other song (the chaser)
has an emotional appeal to you or not doesn’t seem to be the power that pushes the earworm out, but the commitment to
engaging in the song does have significant effect on how well the chaser can push the earworm from its hiding spot within
your mind. (Courtesy of CMuse)
Paganini’s Act of Kindness
The famous violinist Niccolo Paganini once did a good deed for Nicette, a peasant girl who
cooked and cleaned for him. She was engaged to be married, but her fiancé had been drafted for military service. At
that time, one could buy one’s way out of military service, but doing so was expensive, and Nicette and her fiancé
had little money. Mr. Paganini took thought, then he advertised a New Year’s Eve concert, at which he would perform
five pieces on a violin and five pieces on a wooden shoe. This aroused everyone’s curiosity, and the concert was well
attended. Mr. Paganini really did perform five pieces on a wooden shoe. He had taken a wooden shoe, added a bow, a fingerboard,
and strings to it, and transformed it into a violin. All the money he earned from the concert he gave to Nicette, who used
the money to get her fiancé out of military service and to become happily married. (Courtesy of CMuse)