Conquer your fear of German!

We often have students express trepidation at the idea of singing in German because of all the so-called “hacking” and “spluttering” that come with the language. And by hacking and spluttering, they usually are referring to the German “ich-laut” and “ach-laut”- two sounds we don’t really have in English. Never fear though! Enter: The Diction Police (what a terrific resource. SERIOUSLY.) with a short and helpful youtube tutorial on the German ich-laut and ach-laut.

The Diction Police

This is a handy resource when you’re learning a new song in a foreign language. There are podcasts available, where various experts talk about issues surrounding diction (pronunciation). They get a little technical, and often refer to the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) but it’s a really great resource if you have any specific questions. A piece you’re learning might even be covered in one of the podcasts! Check out the website here, or visit the Facebook page.

DREAM: a great new resource for all things music

I just came across a great new treasure trove of digital resources to help you on your way with your singing lessons.

From their about page: “DREAM is a virtual space for discovering and downloading the best available digital music resources.”

They’ve got something for everyone taking singing lessons or any kind of music lessons. They have ton of useful links to ear-training apps, music notation apps, scores, and recordings of great performances and master-classes from around the world. It looks like it might be a subscription-only service at some point, but for now, it’s free.

Check it out!

Make-up Music Lessons from an Economist’s Point of View

The following is an article written by a parent with a child enrolled in private music lessons. It’s a great analysis of some of the issues surrounding cancelled lessons and make-ups.

By Vicky Barham, Ph. D.

I’m a parent of children enrolled in Suzuki music lessons. I’d like to explain to other parents why I feel – quite strongly, actually – that it is unreasonable of we parents to expect our teachers to make up lessons we miss, even if I know as well as they do just how expensive lessons are, and, equally importantly, how important that weekly contact is with the teacher to keeping practising ticking along smoothly. I think that it is natural for we parents to share the point of view that students should have their missed lessons rescheduled, but if we were to ‘walk a mile’ in our teachers’ shoes, we might change our minds about what it is reasonable for us to expect of our teachers.

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