Archives for June 2014

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Singing Camp – In preparation for tomorrow

Singers, I'm SO excited to have you all together tomorrow. I will be picking up a few watermelons from the fruit stands today on my way home for us to eat. They are so good!! Now is the time show up and just be yourself and have FUN exploring … [Read more...]

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Singing Camp – playing to your strengths

Singers, when we start camp Tuesday you will need to be prepared to play to each other's strengths. Since we'll just be meeting each other you'll need to quickly be able to get to know each other. I encourage you to be up front with what you love … [Read more...]

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Singing Camp – 6 Voice Arrangement

Singers, I'm here at the beach and about to head out to swim. So this will be quick. Today I want you to hear a 6-person semi-professional college a cappella group singing Bruno Mars. - 1 guy soloist - 1 guy beatboxer - 2 gal harmonies - 2 guy … [Read more...]

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Singing Camp – Taking It Back

Hi Singers. Today you have a shorter listening assignment - I want to introduce you to the world of Motown. Now, I'm no expert on music history. But The Temptations are a wonderful, wonderful group from the 60s and I bet you'll recognize this famous … [Read more...]

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Starring YOU – Calling All Diamonds or Diamonds in the Rough

***This program has been cancelled.*** Starting Tuesday August 19 - November 18, 10 individuals will take a journey together - one that will change the course of their musical lives. Will you be one of them? We will begin by not being able to … [Read more...]

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Singing Camp – Think of the Same Song Differently

Part of the beauty of arranging a song is the chance to reinvent the song. As we head towards Singing Camp next Tuesday, I want you to start getting creative with how you hear a song and how literal you need to be (or don't need to be) when you … [Read more...]

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Singing Camp – Hit the Replay Button

Hey singers. So, confession, if you don't know this about me already, I really love pop music. I am a slightly obsessive radio listener. I like to play games with myself like, what song do I think the DJ has cued up next for us in his database of the … [Read more...]

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Oops, totally forgot to put this on my website...in case any of you are checking last second we ARE meeting tonight, 6:30-7:30. Details here! … [Read more...]

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Singing Camp Prep – Beginning to Hear Beyond the Melody Line

  Next week I'm running a singing camp for the first time with some awesome middle school singers - hey you guys! Their singular goal over the course of three mornings is pick a pop song of their choosing, compose their own a cappella … [Read more...]

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Calm Your Heart By Singing with Others – Science and tales from the classroom

Singing with others is good for you. This NPR piece from last July reports on findings published in Frontiers in Neuroscience by Swedish researchers from Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg. Singing with others calms your … [Read more...]