By Patricia Guth
If you’ve been a parent to a student in a traditional school setting – especially in the last decade or so – you know that schools and teachers have particular curriculums they must follow and that even the most creative teacher can have a difficult time pulling in other topics that they know will help students make their way through life and their chosen careers. Given all the standardized testing requirements imposed upon our schools and the specifics of “common core curriculum”, it’s tough to stray from the teaching track imposed by districts.
However, if you or your child is involved in one-on-one learning with a gifted academic professional, there are many unique skills that can be included in what’s likely to be a much less-structured – though equally successful – curriculum.
Below is a list of skills necessary for proceeding through life with fewer bumps and bruises. These are skills that most one-on-one teachers are qualified to teach (and can teach online from anywhere in the world). Your student will benefit from any or all of these.
By Keene Benson
I’m going to share with you three essential skills you can easily use to be well understood when you sing. Most importantly, these skills can help you improve the sound of your voice and give you a broader range of artistic choices.
1. What’s a dipthong, and what do I do with it?
Nope, a dipthong is not something you wear. A dipthong is a sound created by two vowels in the same word or syllable.
By Richard Haynes
Day-to-day, technology makes the world ever smaller. Not long ago, if you wanted information, you were limited to trips to the library and your family’s outdated encyclopedias. Now, nearly infinite knowledge is a few simple clicks away.
Likewise, countries all across the world have investigated and found new teaching strategies that are revolutionizing education. Nonetheless, many school systems are slow to adopt them. Therefore, people from across the globe are turning to the Internet to take control of their education. They are seeking out these new teaching strategies and sharing them with other like-minded individuals.
Below is a list of four unusual and nontraditional teaching techniques from four very diverse countries. Adopt these strategies and make them part of your personal learning system.
By Molly Rosen
Singers of all ages come to me for voice lessons: some are as young as five, and some are in their seventies! The surprising thing is that those who are most concerned about age are the singers who are fifty years old and above. A lot of them are concerned that they are “too old” to learn how to sing.
Personally, I believe it is NEVER too late to learn how to sing! Here are three reasons why singing later on in life is a great idea:
By Emma Castleberry
In 2012, author Susan Cain released a book entitled, “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking.” This book brought on revolutionary thought about what introverts are capable of and how we as a society can nurture their strengths. Introverts are often misunderstood as shy, antisocial, or even unintelligent because of their reluctance to participate in a traditional classroom that is so obviously catered to extraverts. But in the right setting, introverts are creative, profound learners who can thrive.
In “Quiet,” Cain defines introverts as people who simply “prefer quieter, more minimally stimulating environments.” A 1:1 learning environment is just that - quiet and more minimally stimulating. 1:1 learning is perfect for introverted people for a number of reasons. Here are a few.
By Molly Mahoney
Need some help hitting those high notes? As a Vocal Coach, I’ve experienced many of my students struggle with hitting those high belts. To help my students master high notes, I recorded a quick video on Facebook Live (my favorite new tool for sharing my singing tips) with my top four (kinda strange) techniques for singing high notes that really work. In case you missed it live, you can watch my tips and follow along below!
By Dan Inglis, co-authored with Unu Sohn
If you’re not stretching before you start singing, you’re not using your optimal voice. Singing requires you to engage and also relax a lot of your muscles, from your abdomen to your larynx. Stretching your muscles improves your breathing, alignment, and vocal production. It increases blood flow to the larynx, lungs, and tongue — all of which you use to sing.
If you don’t have a vocal warm up exercise routine, it’s time to get one. As a Professional Singing Teacher who is certified in Estill Voice Training, I’ve put together simple neck and head exercises that help you stretch the muscles of your spine and increase blood flow to the important organs you use to sing.
By Ben Thomas
Some people look at aging as a sort of downward slope – a long, slow slide away from the excitement and energy of youth. But that’s not what the facts say.
Studies have found that people as old as 90 can build new muscle mass – and long after age 50, the brain’s wiring can keep adapting to become more efficient than ever before. It’s even possible to measurably expand your memory capacity as you grow older. All it takes is a bit of ongoing curiosity, and a willingness to learn new skills.
One of the top-recommended ways to keep your brain youthful is to learn a new language – but almost any form of learning has been shown to have benefits. Here are five surprising, scientifically proven ways in which ongoing 1:1 learning will boost your brain power, far into the later years of life.
By Molly Rosen
One of the most common questions I get from my students, especially my beginner vocalists, is: “how often should I practice singing?”. My response is to ask yourself, how quickly do you want to progress? The answer to that question will determine how often, and for how long you should be practicing.