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Five Steps of Rehearsal

May 1, 2017

By Dr. J.D. Frizzel Over the years, I have developed my own unique way to rehearse contemporary a cappella groups. As the director of OneVoice from Briarcrest Christian School, I have had the privilege of working with some incredibly talented and dedicated singers. During this time, I honed a process to introduce new pieces, rehearse […]

A Cappella Group Checklist

February 15, 2016

What does it take to put together a spectacular a cappella vocal group?

Teaching Musical Theatre Vocalization

December 3, 2014

Four top teachers divulge their practical strategies.

Teaching the Middle School Choir to Sight-Sing

March 19, 2014

Music in the Middle with Mr. D.

Musical Performance Anxiety

March 22, 2013

Helping Singers Manage Music Performance Anxiety.

‘The Cloud’: Empowering Developing Sight Singers

October 2, 2012

Adam Wurst examines methods to overcome fear and psychological effects to help produce better sight singers.

Finding the Pharyngeal Voice

May 30, 2012

A look at technical aspects of singing in popular music for both boys and girls.

Vocal Pedagogy in the Choral Rehearsal: Becoming a Vocal Technician

January 19, 2011

The goal: to develop healthy singers with healthy vocal technique. The problem: how to do this in the choral rehearsal, without losing those precious minutes of time needed for learning music. Creating a unified, healthy-sounding choir is something that all choral directors strive to accomplish, but all conductors’ training isn’t the same. Sometimes there are […]

Eliminating Vocal Mistakes

January 23, 2009

Download PDF of article to view 4 examples! Identify whether the melody, the rhythm, your intonation, or the lyrics themselves are at the root of persistent errors. When I first began studying voice, I practiced by repeatedly singing a piece from beginning to end until I made a mistake. Then I would start again, vowing […]

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