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Vocal Remedies that Really Work

What should you take when your throat feels scratchy, phlegmy or just plain awful? Science has an answer for you! Listen in to learn what the research says about honey, lemon, ginger and a host of other remedies. I also share what works for me, including some of my favorite recipes. 

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CONFIDENCE, CHANGE

I throw things at my students

Well, we throw things back and forth. It helps more sound to come out of the body.

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VIDEO, CONFIDENCE, HOW-TO

How we sound to ourselves isn't how we sound to everyone else!

Play along at home as we conduct a science experiment! If you’ve ever hated the sound of your recorded voice, this video is for you. You’ll want to listen without headphones to get the most benefit.

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Confidence, How-to, Podcast
Episode 19: Vocal Vulnerability
Your whole body is the instrument when you’re singing or speaking, and no part of that instrument is more crucial than your mind. Your feelings of comfort and confidence, your sense of self, and the connection you want to make with your audience all have a deep influence on how your voice sounds and feels.
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Change, Podcast
Episode 18: Singing Through Grief with Matthew Brown
I’m honored to introduce you to my good friend Matthew Brown. Matthew is a speech-language pathologist, a keyboardist, and one of the warmest, kindest souls I’ve ever known. In this episode, he shares how learning to sing the Psalms supported him through a really hard time. Maybe not surprisingly, the singing was so helpful that this musical, spiritual practice has stayed with him, five years later. 
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Episode 17: Get Ready With Me
Auditioning for something often comes with a lot of anxiety, and time pressure only adds stress! Fortunately, it is absolutely possible to polish a song and get yourself into an audition mindset, even on short notice, without dropping everything else in your life. Here is my tried and tested three-step plan that will help you cultivate peace while you learn your piece.
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Episode 16: Help! I Have an Audition in Two Weeks!
Auditioning for something often comes with a lot of anxiety, and time pressure only adds stress! Fortunately, it is absolutely possible to polish a song and get yourself into an audition mindset, even on short notice, without dropping everything else in your life. Here is my tried and tested three-step plan that will help you cultivate peace while you learn your piece.
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Episode 15: When You're Stuck
Getting stuck on a project happens, including when you’re developing your voice. I’ll discuss some different kinds of “stuck” and share what’s helped me and my students get moving again. There aren’t any magic bullets, but a little trial and error, some curiosity and self-compassion will help you find what you need.
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Episode 14: What to Do with Grief and Other Big Feelings with Michelle Favreault
The practice of art, no matter the medium or your experience level, is a powerful tool for helping us process emotion. Very few people know this better than my wonderful friend Michelle Favreault.Michelle is a multi-disciplinary artist and teacher who helps people find the spark of theircreativity, and access it to stay grounded and centered when they’re working through big feelings.
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Episode 13: Why Should I Look in the Mirror??
I keep a tiny hand mirror in my vocal studio and sometimes invite students to look at their mouths when they’re singing or speaking.It sounds a little awkward, right? So why would I suggest it? Most of us work way too hard when we’re using our voices. There are so many muscles that try to help that aren’t actually helping.
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Breathing, How-to, Video
A Good Breath for Singing is a Great Breath for Life
If you find yourself needing to feel calmer, more grounded, more like yourself, I’m pretty sure that taking a breath as if you’re about to sing (even if you’re not) will help. If you try it, I’d love to hear how it goes (click that link). Please turn on the subtitles if you’re having trouble hearing. My audio input was set way too low.Click here to see Part Two: Speaking with the Low Breath.

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