Great talent is not equal to success

Posted on Categories: Education, Goal Setting, Inspiration, Learning and Memory, Learning Strategies, Mental Practice, Passion, Performance Skills, Personal Development, Practice techniques, Singing teacher, Slider, Talent Development

No, it is a growth mindset and sheer grit. And science concurs. Whilst I haven’t got my own stats on this, I can certainly vouch for these predictors antidotally. When I look at the success of my students and clients over the years I’ve taught, whether related to developing their voices, overcoming poor singing habits, gaining […]

How to become an expert solo vocalist.

Posted on Categories: Artist Interviews, Education, Expertise, Goal Setting, Learning Strategies, Passion, Performance Skills, Performing Arts, Practice techniques, Singers, Talent Development

Bobby McFerrin is without a doubt, one of the most accomplished vocalists of this century. He has lead the way in 20th/21st Century solo vocal performance through his unique use of the voice and body, combined with highly skilled musicality and improvisation. His style transcends genres, being equally comfortable and accomplished in classical, popular, folk […]

The Performer’s Edge course sum up

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Hello, I must apologise for not being able to keep up with the Performer’s Edge blogs. So much to do, so little time! We were all so amazed this week to find we had come to the 10th and final class so soon. We all agreed it had been a great journey, we’d grown and […]

Artist focus: Carrie Haber

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What do you use your singing voice for? To perform my original songs to a live audience as well as to record and sell my music. How long have you been taking voice lessons for? Roughly 8 – 9 years And How often? I started off with an intensive course of lessons while being at […]

Yes, I’m talking to you…communication

Posted on Categories: Communication, Performance Skills, Performing Arts, Singing, Talent DevelopmentTags: , , ,

(There had to be a dog picture at some point…maybe nearly as cute as Dexter…maybe) So this week on the Performer’s Edge course we looked at communication. Firstly we discussed verbal and non verbal forms of communication. A singer needs to be able to communicate using both forms. Body language is a vital form of […]

Finding your identity as the artist

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Have you spent any time thinking about your identity as an artist? How do you think the world perceives you? And how does the world actually perceive you? The Performer’s Edge Programme looks into Identity. Here is an example of a workshop I did exploring this concept with a group of singers. To start we explored our […]

Success, what does it mean to you?

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On the Performer’s Edge course we start off by looking into the meaning of success. I start here because often when I ask singers what their ultimate goal is with their singing I get vague or unfocused answers such as “I just want to sing” or “I want to be famous”. These statements could be […]

Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect.

Posted on Categories: Expertise, Goal Setting, Learning Strategies, Mental Practice, Passion, Practice techniques, Slider, Talent Development, Top Tips, Vocal techniquesTags: , , , , , , , , ,

I love quotes, I collect them to inspire others and myself; as a teaching tool and to understand the world better. This quote, by the American football coach Vince Lombardi, has been proven to me over and over in my vocal studio.  I used to be quite baffled when I encountered singers who were focused, […]

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