Getting Started with Languages

Learning your first song in a language other than your native tongue can be a daunting task. But, fear not! Here are some simple ideas to help you get started singing in foreign languages. Listen and Repeat When you’re working on a song in a foreign language, it is a Read more…

Why You Need HARD Goals

I’ve written before about SMART goals, but last year, I came across the idea of HARD goals, and it was a bit of a revelation. What are HARD goals? HARD goals are big goals. They’re not manageable, or realistic; instead, they’re: Heartfelt – something that you really want to achieve. Read more…

Finding Traditional Songs

I’ll be honest. I don’t like trying to find traditional songs! Ever since I read the ABRSM advice and heard about the poor examiner who had ten renditions of ‘Ten Green Bottles’ on one day, I am super keen to find something different or unusual for my students to sing. Read more…

Why bother with music theory?

Let’s face it, music theory does not have a good rep. It’s like arithmetic and spelling. And actually, that’s the problem… Most people only ever really encounter the kind of music theory which feels very similar to learning your times tables or how to spell ‘supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’. No one enjoys memorising the letter Read more…

Macro-Micro-Macro

Practice can be daunting. Simply finding time and motivation is hard enough, but the biggest challenge is often the question of what to do when you finally start. Where should you start? And what should you do next? Rinse and Repeat All musicians fall into the trap of the “rinse-and-repeat” method of Read more…

I Can’t sing! I’m Tone Deaf!

Too many people say to me “I’m tone deaf”, but I’ve yet to meet someone who acutally suffers with this disability. Yes, tone deafness is a real medical condition. Tone deafness is an inability to recognise relative pitch, which is a subsection of a condition called amusia. People who suffer Read more…