friday fav five – 18|10|19

friday fav five – 18|10|19

~ the once per month edition (aka: the disdainful black cat edition) ~

(Because: SCHOOL IS IN SESSION, Y’ALL. And I am WERKIN’ it.)

Soooo … here are some #voiceped favs from the last MONTH.

1. favourite #wordtothewise FB Live: recording studio vs live stage & managing those expectations, by Rebekah Piatt at A Noteworthy Music Studio

Some FANTASTIC advice for your students who are working in CCM genres. Plus? #PENNYTHEDOG!

did you say dog? because that’s just rude.

 

2. favourite two-fer: How Anxiety Leads to Disruptive Behavior by Caroline Miller at the Child Mind Institute* + A Perfect Little Explanatory Pictogram from Integrated Listening Systems 

My friends, “bad behaviour” is rarely actually BAD BEHAVIOUR.  #isallImsayin

i am not hiding because i am bad. i am hiding because i do not have the tools or resources to face what’s happening right now.

 

3. favourite YouTube funness: Phonetic transcriptions of annoying sounds teenagers make by my new favourite linguistics-guy, James Harbeck**

I mean, is it a little stereotypical? Sure. IS IT ALSO KIND OF NERDY-HILARIOUS? Also sure. (For extra nerdy-goodness, try figuring out what the sound is from the description, BEFORE he makes it. Go on and challenge yourself. heh heh)

where are the phonetic transcriptions of all of the incredible sounds that cats make? HMMMM? WHERE IS THAT HUMAN? #catdiscrimonator

 

4. favourite blog post: The Ultimate Guide to Making Smart Decisions from Farnam Street***

Ugh. Productivity and stuff. Read it and weep. Or make a few small decisions now that will free you up to make better big ones later. For example, because I see different people every day of the week? I often wear the same outfit five days in a row (that’s why essential oils were invented, #amiright?). AND WHY THE HECK NOT? Men have done this for … ummm … WELL HOWEVER LONG THE SUIT HAS BEEN AROUND. Same suit every day, different shirt and socks. Seriously.

i wear my fabulous fur every gosh-darned day of my life. and i LICK IT CLEAN WITH MY OWN TONGUE FOUR OR FIVE MILLION TIMES PER DAY. #getwithithumans

 

5. favourite brand new YouTube channel: Why I Love This Vocal with John Henny

Folks? THIS IS SO MUCH FUN. AND SUPER INFORMATIVE. If you teach CCM styles? It BEHOOVES you to get subscribed. #pinkyswear

“behooves”? really?

As per uzh: you can teach your face off … #pinkyswear

 

 

 

*THANK YOU CATHY! ****

** THANK YOU JOANNE! ****

*** THANK YOU MICHELLE! ****

****apparently, I’m only taking contributions from women this month. #thatscool #whatevs

ps The first FOUR module of my online course have dropped (only four more to go – two more coming this weekend!) and one lovely early-adopter writes:  “she is SO much more fun than my science professor in my “Structural Sound and Acoustical Analysis” was”. Which, probably not what I want on my tombstone but, you know, I’ll take it when it’s about my course! Pre-Sale price extended to 1st November (or until all modules are dropped … whichever comes FIRST).

friday fav five – 18|09|16

friday fav five – 18|09|16

the end-of-the-weekend edition

Yeah yeah … I haven’t done a #frifavfive in, like, a month. I KNOW. And I feel terrible about that. Because: HOW YOU MUST BE SUFFERING RIGHT NOW.

THE PAIN. THE ANGUISH.  UN.I.MAG.IN.A.BLE.*

Okay, then. Here we go:

1. favourite boring-yet-necessary document: NATS’s Code of Ethics

Look. This stuff is, yes, a little boring. And at the same time? SO necessary. Voice teachers do not have a universally recognized certifying body, so NATS is a pretty good thing for the industry. And this is a pretty danged helpful little document. Is it enforceable? Nope. (Well, at least not in a useful way.) Are people gonna’ have some things to say about it? Sure. Is this still a necessary document? HECK YEAH. Because when people in your completely unregulated industry care enough to take the time to consult lawyers and think through ramifications and brainstorm a document that can help to bring that industry forward and make it better? You get on board with that thing. YEP. YOU DO.

you lost me at “code” … so borrrring.

2. favourite podcast episode: “Leave a Message” from Invisibilia by NPR

This episode is SHORT (like, 11 minutes) and SWEET. And it doesn’t have anything to do with singing or teaching singing. BUT it does have some very interesting insights into the human voice. So go on and listen to it already. And call your mom.

i don’t own a phone, human. YOU CALL YOUR MOTHER.

 

3. favourite way to spend a TINY bit of money to make a HUGE impact: support VoiceScienceWorks

Okay. Yeah. We’re all a little up to here with the paying of the monthly things. I KNOW. But if you want to support two very awesome people making some VERY VERY awesome voice resources (I mean, LOOK at this summary of harmonics and formants already. IT’S AMAZE-BALLS.)? You can do that with just a leeetle bit of cashmoney. Like, THREE DOLLARS worth per month**. That’s not even ONE fancy coffee. … and now I’m starting to sound like a public television fundraiser. #WHATISHAPPENINGRIGHTNOW?

what is WRONG with you right now? just stop that.

 

4. favourite TED-Ed video: How to practice effectively … for just about anything***.

Are there scary stats in this TED-Ed video that will make you feel guilty for owning a phone? yes. Will you learn something you didn’t know before? probably.

“probably” isn’t good enough. i’m not clicking on that link.

5. favourite article: Find the Perfect Voice Teacher by Celesta Kirk for Washington Parent

I literally just emailed a parent some recommendations for teachers in her area and included this article in the email. Because? FULL OF WISDOM. And? NOW I DON’T HAVE TO WRITE IT. (THANK YOU CELESTA FOR DOING THIS THING AND MAKING ALL OF OUR JOBS EASIER.)

blue eyed cat with white whiskers

yes. thank you.

 

So there you have it folks. A whole bunch of random stuff that might make you think. And also spend a little bit of money. But only a little bit. (Or a lot. FEEL FREE TO SPEND A LOT.)

Until we speak again,

You go on and teach your face off,

 

 

 

 

*huh. that’s a six-syllable word right there. i had no idea.

** 3USD. so, like, 7,000CAD. but I my calculations may be slightly off.

***I’d love to give a shout-out to the person who first shared this with me but, honestly? that was about four hundred shares ago and now I can’t remember who the first person was. so … SHOUT-OUT to all the folks who did that.

ps The first module of my online course has dropped (only seven more to go!) and one lovely early-adopter writes:  “she is SO much more fun than my science professor in my “Structural Sound and Acoustical Analysis” was”. Which, probably not what I want on my tombstone but, you know, I’ll take it when it’s about my course! OH! And I extended the pre-sale price to 1st October. Yes. YES I DID.

pps If you haven’t already, feel free to check out my Tuesday-ish and Ten-ish Terrific Teaching Tips and Tricks over on FB. Because: good times.

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|08|10

friday fav five – 18|08|10

the Saturday edition. because: vacation.

Yeah. I’ve been on vacation and technically? I STILL AM. But you know what? There are SO MANY teach your face off things on The Internets right now (possibly because a lot of voice teachers aren’t teaching as much as they usually do at the moment?) that I just have to share a few.

1. favourite YouTube clip PLUS explanatory blog post: Matt Edwards talks us through What Broadway Singers Sound Like “Off-Mic”

I had forgotten all about this clip until Marnie posted it to her studio FB page. Not only is it REVELATORY for young singers to hear/see the difference production makes, but Matt spells “mic” correctly. (I mean, OF COURSE HE DOES. But STILL.)

cat singing off-mic ... or yawning

this is me off-mic, human. and i’m awesome at it. of course.

 

2. favourite mailing list: John Henny’s Amazing Email List

I know, I KNOW. NOT ANOTHER MAILING LIST. But, seriously: it’s way easier for me to just be all: JOIN THIS MAILING LIST than to be linking to his posts every gosh-darned day. (And yes:  It’s all about what’s EASIEST FOR ME.) John’s musings are kind of like Seth Godin’s* musings except for singing and voice-teachery-stuff. Which: AWESOME-SAUCE. (Also? He’s funny on that there old email thinggie. which: never a bad thing. #yourewelcome)

disdainful cat who may or may not be eating grass ...

really. REALLY? gah.

 

3. favourite FB video: What If English Were Phonetically Consistent? by The Language Nerds

If you’re kind of nerdy about language (and a lot of singing teachers seem to be …?), you’re going to get a kick out of this one. #truestory

dear great gouda in the sky but is english exhausting.

4. favourite podcast episode: Social Media for Private Teachers – Interview with Karen Michaels, by The Full Voice

Folks. If you’re feeling a little (or a lot – no judgement here) overwhelmed by the thought of how to do justice to your studio / business / side-hustle / sheer awesomeness on social media? THIS IS THE PODCAST FOR YOU. Unless you don’t want immediately applicable tips and tricks to make negotiating social media easier. You know, unless that.

but why wouldn’t they want this information? WHHHY?

 

5. favourite ted talk: The power of believing that you can improve, with Carol Dweck 

GROWTH MINDSET, my friends. Fostering growth mindset in our students will radically change the way they learn. Or at least it has the potential to do so. #TRUESTORY

that is a very big promise you’re making, human. YOU THINK YOU CAN HANDLE THE REPERCUSSIONS OF THAT PROMISE?!

 

Pretty sure I’m up for it, white cat who is full of disdain.

Also? You can teach your face off … I can help.

Go on and find #voicepedme on all the things:

* ummm … if you’re not on Seth Godin’s mailing list, maybe get on that one too … it’s my fav non-singing-related but TOTALLY LIFE- AND BUSINESS-RELATED thinggie.

ps y’all know that my course, The Vocal Instrument 101, is on PRESALE ($200 off. YES: $200 OFF. That is NOT a type-o.) now, right? mmmkay. Just checking.

pps if you want to figure out how to run your business without hating your boss (hello independent voice teachers: I AM LOOKING YOUR WAY.)? You’re going to want to check out Michelle’s course. YES YOU ARE. #pinkyswear

friday fav five – 18|07|20

friday fav five – 18|07|20

the “cats are jerks” edition

1. favourite new voiceped tool: 3D larynx from anitaprints

Y’all: this is a THREE-DEE LARYNX. It is accurate. It is ADORABLE. And IT IS CHEAP. #buyallthethings

i mean, cheap larynx: borrring. you know what’s interesting? watching humans trying to figure out how to say the plural of larynx. #goodluckwiththat

 

2. favourite blog post: Key Habits for Being More Productive by John Henny

Look. There are about a million and one HOW TO BE PRODUCTIVE tools and tricks out there. But you know what? I like hearing about those tools and tricks from someone who I know is slugging through a lot of the same stuff I am. Someone who does what I do. Who, you know. GETS MY LIFE. (Also? #Protip: there’s NO FANCY TOOL OR TRICK AND ANYONE WHO TELLS YOU THAT THERE IS? Is working with alternative facts. Ahem.)

productivity? boorrrrriiing. honestly, human. it’s like you WANT people to swipe right.

3. favourite promise of a better life app: waterlogged

I know. I KNOW. THE APPS ALWAYS PROMISE MORE THAN THEY DELIVER (well, except for that ChatBooks App. HAVE YOU TRIED THAT THING? #ItsMyFav #MyGrandmotherThinksIMakePhotoBooksForHerWithMyOwnTwoHandsByPrintingPicturesANDBINDINGTHEMAndThenISendThemToHerEveryMonth #WINNINGATGRANDCHILDING). And the best advice I’ve ever heard about staying hydrated comes from some of the learned laryngologists in my life: sing wet, pee pale. (Which, let’s admit: would make a hilarious tattoo. #justsayin) BUT, if you’re one of those folks who does really well when you’re checking in with an app AND you want to up your hydration game? THIS COULD BE YOUR NEW FAVOURITE APP! #yourewelcome (#shoutout to Emily for the reco)

i literally cannot with how boring you are today, human.

 

4. favourite YouTube video: fostering growth mindset with Trevor Ragan

This is a quick (and not so dirty) break-down of Carol Dweck’s research into growth vs fixed mindset that, if you haven’t come across it before, may help you to understand why I made a conscious effort to change my language choices in the studio (and when interacting with my own children) from anything that resembles “you’re so talented” / “you’re such a good singer” TO “you’ve worked so hard to achieve this” / “I can see how far you’ve already come”. (#shoutout to Stephanie for the reco!)

less boring. but only marginally so.

 

5. favourite take-me-to-church FB Video: The Making of the Greatest Showman

Yeah. I’m not a huge fan of shows in which all of the singers are virtually indistinguishable from each other (because: BORING FOR REALS and also: VOICES SHOULD SAY SOMETHING OTHER THAN “THIS WAS PRODUCED TO WITHIN AN INCH OF ITS LIFE SO THAT WE COULD ALL SOUND EXACTLY THE SAME BUT DON’T YOU THINK WE LOOK GOOD?”)* and in which “opera singers” are portrayed as, well, INCREDIBLY BORING SINGERS WHO CANNOT MOVE ON STAGE EXCEPT TO RAISE THEIR ARMS BUT WHO ARE PRETTY TO LOOK AT**, but … this video? THIS VIDEO shows the POWER of music. And, even more importantly, the POWER of raising our voices together. #takemetochurchindeed

you have my attention. or at least as much of it as i am willing to give you.

I have a feeling I’m going to need to end this here … while my all caps button is still functioning.

Go on and teach your face off …

*Clearly, I HAVE FEELINGS about this movie. And about this kind of singing. And about the kind of production that values EVERYONE SOUNDING LIKE PREPUBESCENT CHILDREN. But I will not bore you with them right now. Maybe I’ll do a FB Live or something … although I’m not sure The Internets is ready for the LEVEL OF RAGE I feel when PEOPLE’S ACTUAL VOICES ALL SOUND THE SAME. THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH ALLCAPS IN THE WORLD is all I’m saying.

** SO MANY FEELINGS. I THINK MY ALL CAPS BUTTON IS STARTING TO SMOKE.

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