friday fav five – 18|08|17

friday fav five – 18|08|17

ALLTHETOOLS edition

1. Favourite FB Live “Unboxing”: Joslin Romphf Dennis Unpacks Her Rolling Studio and BLOWS MY MIND WITH HER SKILZ

Seriously folks: even if you teach in a studio and have all of your teaching resources and tools available to you on the regular? YOU WILL LEARN SOMETHING FROM THIS UNBOXING. #pinkyswear (Also: if you think you’re an organizational genius right now? YOU’RE GOING TO NEED TO RETHINK THAT. #justsayin)

surprised grey and brown tabbie cat

my brain. it just exploded. with sheer awesomeness. 

 

2. Favourite YouTube Video: Five Minute Readiness Routine with Catherine Pavlik that will UNBLOW YOUR MIND (in the best possible way)

What is this? OH JUST A SUPER CHILL READINESS ROUTINE USING EFT TAPPING AND ENERGY DIRECTION TO GET YOU READY TO DO YOUR THANG. #YOUREWELCOME.

large close up of black and grey cat

and now i am focused and ready to roll. or, you know, do the cat things i need to do.

 

3. Favourite Pass-It-Along-To-Your-Students Blog Post: Silent Practice by Christin Coffee Rondeau from Sand Dollar Music

Is one of your singers giving you the business because they were sick so THEY COULDN’T PRACTICE THIS WEEK?! Yeah well, send them this and tell them to stop their whining already. #noexcuses (Also? If that singer comes to their lesson and they can’t make a sound? Nikki Loney over at The Full Voice HAS YOU COVERED.)

blue eyed cat with white whiskers

you are the boss and you can shut that business down and now you have the tools.

 

4. Favourite Voice-Geek-Tastic Webinar Series: 2018 Fall Webinar Series from The Fall Voice Conference

With topics like “Tremors and Quakes: Involuntary Movement Disorders of the Larynx” and “Practical Pharyngeal and Esophageal High Resolution Manometry” this webinar series appeals to the HIGHEST LEVEL OF GEEKERY POSSIBLE. #thatscool

that is a lot of voice geekery right there. and it is making me tired.

 

5. Favourite Think-About-It Blog Series: Reflections on Voice-Related Environments by D. Brian Lee from Vocalability

I love Brian’s thought-FULL words. If you have a beverage that’s waiting to be consumed and a few minutes for reflection, WHY NOT DO THAT THING WITH BRIAN?!

cat and tea cup

this beverage is my favourite thing. i do not want to share it with brian.

And as always … go on and teach your face off.

Go on and find #voicepedme on all the things:

friday fav five – 18|06|08

friday fav five – 18|06|08

Sooo … I’m not fully rocking the non-fri-fav-five blogs. Because? THE VOCAL INSTRUMENT 101 IS COMING SOON … SO SO SOON. And it is taking all of my time. And so much of my sleep. Soooo … muuuuch … of myyyy … sleeeeep.*

But not SO much of my sleep that I wasn’t able to narrow down five awesome singing teachery things for your singing teachery pleasure:

1. favourite voice sciencey YouTube video: The Vocal Cords | How the Human Voice Works from Dr. Dan’s Voice Essentials**

You guys. There is SO MUCH information PACKED into this EIGHT-MINUTE video that your brain might explode from the SHEER AWESOMENESS of it. (Also? I am TOTALLY JEALOUS of his diagrams. Seriously: SHEER AWESOMENESS.)

i am the cutest thing you will ever see (SHUT UP. I AM TOO. LOOK AT MY WHISKERS. AND MY CUTE WIDDOW PAWS THAT LOOK LIKE I’M WEARING SOCKS.). and i am here to act as a palate cleanser for your brain to help it return to normal after it EXPLODES FROM THE SHEER AWESOMENESS. #yourewelcome

2. favourite blog post: The Stories We Tell Ourselves by Brian Lee

Friends. This is a FAST read that deserves a SLOW thought.

i’m just going to be here staring lovingly into your eyes while you figure your stuff out. and by “lovingly” i mean “judgingly”. (what? did you forget that i’m a cat?)

 

3. favourite voicegeekery application for CGI: “diaphragm” from Osteopatia e Medicina

About a million people tagged me on this video this week. ABOUT A MILLION. And I’m grateful. (Because: LOOK AT THE MOTION OF THE DIAPHRAGM, YO! LOOK AT IT!)

i don’t care about the motion of the diaphragm. i care about eensy little daisies. and the fact that they might attack me at ANY MOMENT.

 

4. favourite RIDICULOUSLY BEAUTIFUL convocation speech: Voice, the Muscle of the Soul: Finding Yourself Through Finding Your Voice by Kenneth Bozeman 

I mean, this will take up a little bit of your day. But if you’re in need of some inspiration? Grab a hot beverage and enjoy. It will be totally worth it. #pinkyswear (Ken is introduced at ca. 31 and his talk begins at ca. 40 and is about 45 minutes long.)

is this your tea, human? were you planning to drink it ANY TIME SOON? because it is IN MY SPACE. AND I HATE IT.

 

5. favourite super-cute teaching tool: Lego Beats from Let’s Play Kids Music

I may or may not have a few thousand RubberMaid Buckets full of Lego in my basement. I feel like this is a way I can get some use out of those Legos before I sell them on eBay and make my fortune.*** Or something.

Yes. This is a cat made out of Lego. The Internets is a beautiful thing.

 

Alright. I am off to lose more sleep and work on The Vocal Instrument 101. Or, more specifically, THE WEBSITE FOR THE VOCAL INSTRUMENT 101. (Because: have you seen that thing? It’s a disgrace.)

As always: You can teach your face off … I can help.

* Which I am totally willing to give up because: SO EXCITED FOR THIS THING TO COME OUT AND FOR YOU TO GET YOUR HANDS ON IT AND FOR ME TO FULFILL MY PROMISES ABOUT HELPING YOU TEACH YOUR FACE OFF AND ALL THAT STUFF.

** Note the spelling of CORDS, my friends. NOTE THAT AND NEVER SPELL IT “CHORDS” AGAIN.

*** That’s a lot of brand names. #justsayin

 

 

friday fav five – 18|3|2

friday fav five – 18|3|2

because there aren’t enough lists in the world*

Every Friday, you can now expect a -WAIT FOR IT- curated list of the best voice and voice pedagogy things I’ve seen all week.  I KNOW, RIGHT?

Let’s get going with the FIRST EVER Friday Favourite** Five (or Fri Fav Five (although … that fourth letter in “five” is driving me kind of crazy … but it looks too weird as Fri Fav Fiv, right? right.) … or FFF …)!

FOR THE LOVE, WOMAN: GET ON WITH IT.

 

1. Favourite Podcast Episode: What is Your Place in Singing with the incomparable Nancy Bos.

You guys, IF YOU ARE HUMAN, you need to listen to this podcast episode. It’s like a mini Tim Ferris Episode on SINGING. Seriously. If you ignore everything else on this list (I mean, why would you want to? But, you know, IF YOU DO.), please do yourself a favour** and listen to this episode.

someone dressed us like hoomans. may we listen to this podcast? also, GET US OUT OF THESE STUPID COSTUMES. WE ARE NOT YOUR PLAYTHINGS, HOOMAN. WE WILL KILL YOU IN YOUR SLEEP. unless you offer us treats. then we will hold off on your execution until the treats run out.

 

2. Favourite FB Live: The Eyes Have It with the incomparable Meribeth Dayme.

Need a little paradigm shift in LESS THAN EIGHT MINUTES? Here you go. (I LOVE her reasoning for not looking anyone directly in the eye when performing.)

i refuse to not stare directly into your eyes. i am a cat and I do not obey hoomans. even hoomans as incomparable as meribeth dayme.

 

3. Favourite Article: Do These Things After 6PM and Your Life Will Never Be the Same by Thomas Oppong.

Yeah. It’s a bit of a title, isn’t it? Also, I don’t know Thomas personally so I have no idea if he’s INCOMPARABLE or not (although, given that he’s HUMAN? I BET HE IS.). The gist? If you have a passion project, set aside one hour per day to work on it. Read the article to find out why and for ideas of how other people are doing it.

“passion project”? really? why can’t you be like a CAT? WORK LESS! SLEEP MORE!

 

4. Favourite YouTube Video: Absolute Best TMJ Treatment You Can Do for Yourself for Quick Relief with the two most famous physical therapists on the internet, Bob and Brad.

No. Seriously. You’re Welcome.

[I searched for “famous cat” on one of my favourite creative commons photo sites. And this came up. I have no idea what it is or what it means. #yourewelcome and #IllSeeYouInMyNightmares]

5. Favourite Blog Post: When To Tell a Student it is Time to Give Up by the incomparable Matt Edwards.

Looking for a little inspiration to get you through next week’s teaching? Or singing? Look no further.

[Here is a picture of a cute widdow white kitten kissing a cute widdow white puppy. Just to cleanse your palate from that last one. I am nothing if not generous. And also, concerned about whether you are able to sleep tonight.]

Have a great week! (OH! And if you haven’t already, you can sign up to get my blog delivered RIGHT TO YOUR INBOX by entering your email address in the little ‘sign up here’ box.)

You can teach your face off … I can help.

*In my mind? Listiness is next to cleanliness. And we all know what cleanliness is next to. SO BRING ON THE LISTS.

**In Canada, we didn’t drop extra vowels from our words just because they got too cumbersome and unwieldy. NO WE DID NOT. WE ARE LOYAL TO OUR UNNECESSARY VOWELS.

 

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