Last week, I had the distinct honor to be a keynote speaker for the ANATS (Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing) Conference in Leura, New South Wales (nestled in the Blue Mountains, two and a half hours Northwest of Sydney – one of the most breathtaking places I’ve ever been in my entire life).… Read More Teaching in Polarizing Times
David talks finding success through consistency.… Read More Want to be Successful? Be Consistent.
When I started taking piano lessons from Carol McGowan in first grade, I wanted to spend most of our half-hour each week playing by ear. I had a knack for picking up jingles and television show theme songs. Thankfully, Carol insisted I play the notes on the page first, leaving a few minutes at the… Read More Singing by Ear, or Manipulation
I’m coming to the end of my three weeks of teaching in Taipei. I’ll admit this has been both a wonderful and exhausting experience. Wonderful because I love visiting new places and I’ve adored working with the students and my teaching colleagues. Exhausting because things could not be more different to me here, I’ve had… Read More What Taipei Taught Me
I’m writing this from Taipei. That’s a sentence I never, ever thought I’d write. Oh, the places you’ll go… I’m writing from Taipei, where I have the pleasure of working with some of my New York colleagues (along with wonderful new ones) on a three week musical theatre workshop for young to middle-aged performing artists.… Read More The Danger of Absolutes in Teaching
In 10 chapters, this book outlines the major questions students need to ask themselves in preparing for college musical theatre auditions.… Read More Mastering College Musical Theatre Auditions (A Preview)
I start with what I see is an undeniable fact: one can no longer make a career doing just one thing. It is, at the very least, difficult. Today’s singer must be willing to traverse the boundaries of style whether they pursue an active performing or teaching career. Even the Renée Flemings of the world… Read More Working Across Styles