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 […]

How Does  Your Voice Make People Feel?

How Does Your Voice Make People Feel?

How does your voice make people feel? A recent NPR story explains how employers are starting to screen potential hires with new algorithms that rate people’s voices.  The article uses the actor Al Pacino as an example of someone with an engaging voice (who would theoretically pass the cut). What does your voice convey? Confidence, […]

Three Beantown Babes!

Celia will be performing with Kris Adams, Gaye Tolan Hatfield and a killer band at Ryles on May 28.  Read the Press Release!