Friday, September 9, 2011

Back to school...how do you practice?

It should be assumed that in today's competitive musical environment that singers are practicing all summer long to "keep up their chops"however, many students find that time of year difficult to balance their necessary summer job, their practicing and their fun (heck, I find it hard with kids at home!).  In celebration of the return to school, here are few discussions on practicing....

Performance Today is an American Public Media website that streams conversations and music.  Click the link to listen to a conversation with pianist Simone Dinnerstein on how she practices at the piano (she DOES NOT do SCALES!).  and in particular how she works a piece backwards phrase by phrase.  I know many singers who are the same!

And then of course, there is this conversation with Joan Sutherland and Marilyn Horne on building the voice:

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