As an avid scholar of voice pedagogy and performance practice, I make bridges between the theoretical and the practical. Over the years, I have become more alarmed by biases, entrenched camps, and editorial liberties in both old and new media and schools. I have studied singing treatises of the 18th and 19th centuries in their original languages, to learn firsthand what they really said (and didn’t say). I have clocked myriad hours of listening to singers, both recorded and live, finding clues about what has changed and what is constant in the world of singing. In 2010 I began a blog, vocalability.com, which now contains nearly 300 articles centered around the question: “Why does so much voice instruction not make sense, and what can we do about it?”
After fighting to find my voice, 30-plus years of teaching many kinds of music, two master’s degrees – one in music and one in instructional design – and a determination to learn everything I can, I’m still an enthusiastic singer and teacher. In my private studio and in group settings I work with people from widely varying backgrounds. Regardless of the genre they sing, I am eager to help them work toward their vocal potential. It is my hope that Sane Singing will help you to chart your course through the overgrown and sometimes bizarre world of modern voice training.