Learning & teaching

Singing is a learned skill, not a ‘gift’ we’re born with

Developing competence – can anyone sing? There is a model of learning that has been around in various forms since the ancient Greeks. Its modern description goes something as follows: Unconscious Incompetence: At this level, we are unskilful. We may realise this, or we may not be very self-aware. We don’t know what we would need to …

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Is that a fact? Commonly held, but mistaken, ideas about how to sing better

The seductive power of a factoid is that the information appears to be reliable and accurate. People assume the truth of a factoid partly because they have heard it repeated so often. The internet has given greater influence to the factoid for a number of reasons. Web pages get written by self-styled experts who do …

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Learning from our performances

A post-performance evaluation exercise It has been said that there is no such thing as failure, or a mistake, just opportunities for learning. This is a method for how to learn from a past event that you have been involved in – perhaps leading a project, giving a presentation, taking part in a meeting, having …

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The voice as a holistic system: the Voice Pentagon

Our voice is our identity. It is both our deepest, inner self, and a means through which we engage with the world and from which others form an impression of us. The ancient Greeks said that “as men’s life is, so is their talk” – our voices seem to echo precisely everything that we are. …

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