Band & Orchestra School band and orchestra instruments are divided into four categories: brass, woodwinds, strings, and percussion. Following is a brief look at each one. Brass: Brass instruments make their sounds through the lip vibrations of the player, combined with the movements of a slide, in the case of trombones, or the opening and […]
As the calendar turns to August, we begin to hear the words “back to school,” much to the chagrin of many students. This is a chance, however, for students to explore participation in their schools’ music programs, be it by playing an instrument in the band or orchestra, or by singing in the choir. MakingMusicMag.com […]
The holiday season is a time for numerous music events, late nights, and celebrations. Here are 9 tips to avoid a hoarse voice during the holidays:
By Stefanie August In my numerous years of working as a nightclub and theater vocalist, I always had to keep my voice strong and focused. We singers must be able to keep from sounding winded while singing, especially if we are dancing or playing an instrument. Below are some best practices for strengthening one’s voice […]
As a singer, you may have some questions about breathing. Maybe you’ve read tips or received advice that confused you. In this article, I’ll attempt to answer those questions and clear up any confusion on breathing for singing. Why is breath so important? Without breath, we can’t sing. You probably knew that already. But […]
“Stage fright” is the term for an excessive amount of pre-performance nerves. It’s an issue for all performers at times but can often be particularly strong for singers.
Confidence is such a key issue in your development as a singer. People can often be quite shy about their voices – not just in front of crowds, but also singing in front of a singing teacher, or even at home or alone where they may be overheard by a friend, family member or neighbor. […]
Looking after your voice presents a different set of challenges to looking after an external instrument. Your vocal cords are a part of your body and as such are subject to all the trials and tribulations our bodies undergo on a daily basis. It’s no coincidence that just about everything on the list of vocal […]