Pomfret’s extra neck relaxation exercise for McClosky #6

Why do Pomfret’s Extra Neck exercise Many of us spend hours each day looking at computer screens, mobile phones,  or tablets daily. With the head forward, additional strain is put on the muscles of the upper back and shoulders.  When we attempt to relax in McClosky’s sixth area of relaxation, it is difficult. This exercise […]

“Minstrel Man” from Three Dream Portraits by Margaret Bonds

In honor of Black History Month, I am sharing a song by Margaret Bonds from my CD of songs composed by American Women.  The Album is entitled De Toda La Eternidad and is available on Amazon, Amazon Music, Apple Music and Spotify.

Who is that woman with Freddie Mercury and why study classical if I want to sing pop?

To learn the basics of breathing and tone production To learn about your own voice: what type and range To learn about the different vocal registers To learn how to warm up your voice To learn ways to deal with vocal challenges in a song To increase your vocal stamina in performance To learn how […]

McClosky Relaxation Exercise #5, the muscles around the larynx

These days I hear and see a lot of forced singing, in many genres.  Perhaps it is a reflection of the stress in our time, but it’s not good for the voice and it’s not producing a great sound. I am presenting a series of videos and explanations of the McClosky Relaxation Exercises.These exercises are […]

McClosky Relaxation Exercise #4, The Jaw

These days I hear and see a lot of forced singing, in many genres.  Perhaps it is a reflection of the stress in our time, but it’s not good for the voice and it’s not producing a great sound. I am presenting a series of videos and explanations of the McClosky Relaxation Exercises.These exercises are […]

McClosky Relaxation Exercise #3 – Under the Chin

Hi everyone!  I decided it was important to write about these exercises as well as demonstrate them.  For each of the 6 exercises, there is a post which contains:             a short video demonstration; some reasons why I (as a McClosky Voice Technician and Master Teacher, and  a soprano) think this exercise is important; and  tips […]

McClosky Relaxation Exercise #2

Hi everyone!  I decided it was important to write about these exercises as well as demonstrate them.  For each of the 6 exercises, there are:             a short video demonstration; some reasons why I (as a McClosky Voice Technician and Master Teacher, and  a soprano) think this exercise is important; and  tips how to do the […]

McClosky Relaxation Exercise #1

These days I hear and see a lot of forced singing in many genres.  Perhaps it is a reflection of the stress in our time, but it’s not good for the voice and it’s not producing a great sound. I am presenting a series of videos and explanations of the McClosky Relaxation Exercises.  These exercises […]

Why Study Old Italian Arias?

For those studying singing at the beginner and intermediate levels, studying old (17th and 18th century) Italian arias seems to be a nearly universal recommendation.   Why is this so? What are the magical properties of this repertoire? What are these arias?  Where are they from? These “Old Italian” arias are from operas of the 17th […]