Wabi-Sabi – The Art of Imperfection

Wabi-Sabi – The Art of Imperfection

Practicing Wabi-Sabi – The Art of Imperfection When I was growing up, my father worked in Southeast Asia for several years and I had the chance to travel and live there.  So Asian art, philosophy and religion – especially  Buddhism – have had a strong influence on me, including Wabi-Sabi, an important principle of Japanese […]

Jazz meets Hip-Hop

Jazz meets Hip-Hop

When I first started working with Heather Thomas (aka Hech Rhymes) about five years ago, she dreamed of singing jazz and performing as a hip-hop artist, but she had no experience in either.  A professional boxer who also trains fighters for the ring, Heather has an unstoppable persistence and discipline that she has carried into […]

Beware of Snake Oil

Beware of Snake Oil

 With the advent of shows like American Idol and The Voice, there has been a resurgence of interest in voice training.  At the same time, a booming industry of people catering to aspiring singers has emerged.  While it’s crucial that you find the right mentors to improve as a singer and performer, how do you […]

Alexander and Singing

Alexander and Singing

We had such a wonderful workshop on Monday, May 23 with guest SVW and Alexander certified teacher Pyeng Threadgill, from Of The Air Studios in Brooklyn, New York. If you’re not familiar with it, Alexander Technique is a modality that helps you to develop better alignment and freedom in the body. It was developed by […]

Ryles 2017 Dates

Celia will be performing at Ryles Jazz Club with Mark Shilansky, piano and Greg Holt, bass. Also featuring members of her studio. Dates are: Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017 8:30 PM Tuesday, May 23, 2017 8:30 PM Ryles is at 212 Hampshire Street in Cambridge.  Tickets are $7.  For more info, see their website or call […]

How do you Choose A Voice Teacher?

How do you Choose A Voice Teacher?

Let’s say you’ve decided to invest in yourself and your career by taking voice lessons. How do you choose the right teacher? After all, there are many, many teachers out there. You could waste a lot of time and money by studying with someone who is under-qualified or a bad fit. But it’s so confusing! […]

The DIY Musician — How do you manage it all?

The DIY Musician — How do you manage it all?

Practice, Preparation, Publicity – these are all very time-consuming jobs that you have to do to have a successful performing career. In addition, you most likely have to make a living and maybe take care of children, elderly parents at the like. How do you manage it all? It would be nice to lounge around […]

Are You Singing in Tune?

Are You Singing in Tune?

Good intonation – singing in tune – is an obvious skill that clearly divides the pros from the wanna-bes’s.  Yet you hear singers performing at open mics, clubs or even talent shows like American Idol and The Voice who seem clueless that they are off-key.  Either no one ever told them, or they don’t care.  […]

How to Describe Your Music

How to Describe Your Music

From How to Call Attention to Your Music By Derek Sivers People will always and forever ask you, “What kind of music do you do?” Musicians often say, “All styles, really.” If the stranger you said that to happens to be a fan of African music, watch out! You better combine the poly-rhythmic drumming of […]

Persistence

Persistence

Something that I have observed with students over the years – that has been corroborated by other teachers – is that often it is not the most talented students who end up succeeding in music, but the ones who stick with it and persist. While we all hear stories of the occasional “overnight success,” most […]