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New York Vocal Coaching Podcast Ep. 35: Season Recap Cover
7/24/2020

New York Vocal Coaching Podcast Ep. 35: Season Recap

After a successful season, Andy and Matt recap and reflect on the past year of the New York Vocal Coaching Podcast! We’ll be back during the Fall for Season 2, and look forward to seeing you then!

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6/26/2020

New York Vocal Coaching Podcast Ep. 34: Singing With an Instrument

Matt and Andy tackle listener questions, including how to sing your best while playing another instrument and how to build vocal consistency no matter what music you’re singing!

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6/12/2020

New York Vocal Coaching Podcast: Black Lives Matter

New York Vocal Coaching believes Black Lives Matter. We stand for equality, and will fight for justice for our Black colleagues, friends, students, and neighbors.

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5/29/2020

New York Vocal Coaching Podcast Ep. 33: Voice Types in Choir

What voice type should you be singing in choir and is it the same as solo singing? If your larynx has a tendency to drop too low, how do you find the best position for your voice? Andy and Matt share answers, thoughts, and tips to some listener questions in this episode!

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5/15/2020

New York Vocal Coaching Podcast Ep. 32: How to Warm-Up

Join Andy as he gives his top advice for warming-up the voice. From demonstrations and exercises to skills you should be focused on, your voice will be ready to go for any task at hand!

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5/1/2020

New York Vocal Coaching Podcast Ep. 31: Finding Your Style

What style fits your voice the best? Any and all of them! Matt busts the myth that certain voices can only sing certain genres, breaks down what creates style, and gives tips on how to sing music that calls to you the most.

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4/17/2020

New York Vocal Coaching Podcast Ep. 30: Tips and Tricks for Practicing

You’ve heard the saying, “Practice makes perfect!” Andy shares his expertise on how you can get the most out of your practice sessions. With tips, tricks, and food for thought on how to structure practice time and what to work on, you’ll notice faster improvement with singing, or any skill you’ve been training!

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4/3/2020

New York Vocal Coaching Podcast Ep. 29: Marc Geller

Seen across the country on stage and screen, Marc Geller has had experience in all mediums of performance. Of his many credits, he features in the CW’s Katy Keene as the director, has been cast as Kier Egan in Ben Stiller’s Severance, and played Herr Schultz in Serra Rep’s production of Cabaret this past summer. He comes on the air to share his insights and advice as an actor, as well as his journey to his first ever singing performance in Cabaret!

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3/21/2020

New York Vocal Coaching Podcast Ep. 28: With All This Time

In this tricky time, Matthew talks about how to stay involved with music and build your vocal skills. From free resources to vocal challenges, he gives ideas on keeping inspired and finding musical fulfillment and expression.

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3/6/2020

New York Vocal Coaching Podcast Ep. 27: Building Vocal Strength

Tackling some listener questions, Andy and Matt give tips and exercises on building strength in the voice! They also reflect on how to prevent vocal fatigue and maintain singing health.

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2/21/2020

New York Vocal Coaching Podcast Ep. 26: Grant MacDermott

Grant MacDermott joins us to share his expertise as an actor and teacher! He speaks about his experience on the stage, his process as he works with acting students who audition for universities and performances across the globe, and how to be true to yourself as a performer.

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2/7/2020

New York Vocal Coaching Podcast Ep. 25: Brendan Houdek

Speech Language Pathologist, voice impressionist, and voice teacher Brendan Houdek joins us on the air! He talks through what allows him to imitate well over 30 voices, a deeper look into the world of speech pathology, and what drew him to such a strong passion for the voice.

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1/24/2020

New York Vocal Coaching Podcast Ep. 24: How to Be a Unique Singer

Matt and Andy break down the concept of being a unique singer with your own voice, and ways to approach how you search for that identity!

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1/10/2020

New York Vocal Coaching Podcast Ep. 23: Resolutions

Matt and Andy welcome the Roarin' 20s with a discussion of New Year's Resolutions -- both their own, and our NYVC family's!

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12/9/2016

Tending The Garden

I don’t have time to practice, and I don’t want to bother my neighbors.

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11/13/2016

Why Pitch Matching Is Hard

There is a difference between simple and easy. Something simple can be explained in a few words; something easy can be executed with minimal effort. There are plenty of simple things that are not at all easy. Take running a marathon: you can explain the task in three words - run 26.2 miles - but the execution requires months or years of training.

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9/30/2016

What Are They Looking For?

I already know what you are thinking. The wheels are spinning and the corners of your mouth are creeping into a smile.

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8/26/2016

Efficiency in Singing

As singers we often set goals pertaining to our vocal technique. During the first lesson with a new student, I ask them what their technical goals are and receive certain answers regularly: “I want to increase my range”, “I want to be able to riff”, “I want to sing the high notes with more ease”, and “I want to learn how to belt”. All of these goals are noble and important to articulate as you set out on your vocal journey.

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8/10/2016

Forgetting Muscle Memory

Whether you’re working to improve your voice, learning how to play a new instrument, or striving to make the world’s greatest grilled-cheese sandwich, it’s going to take practice…and practice means repetition. The natural human instinct, however, is to move on once something’s been accomplished, and an artist can’t stand being stagnant or still. Yet, the fact remains: improvement requires the diligent and repetitive motions of practicing.

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5/20/2016

Internal Dictates External

Stomach in or stomach out? Breathing is complex AND simple, as David McCall, NYVC's Head of Vocal Development, explores in Vocal Article #57: Internal Dictates External.

The Money's in the Middle: Why your lower and middle range deserves more love Cover
3/18/2016

The Money's in the Middle: Why your lower and middle range deserves more love

Everyone is always worried about the “money notes”: the high notes in a song. What about all the other notes?! Low and middle notes deserve much more love and respect than they usually get.

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1/25/2016

Body Mapping for Singers

An overview of the systems in the body that contribute to vocal sound!

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10/20/2015

Preparing For Your Best Audition: An Actor’s Checklist

Auditioning. The word strikes fear in every actor, seasoned and amateur alike. However, this doesn't have to be the case. While some nerves are to be expected (it’s an audition after all), with the right amount of preparation, fear of auditioning can be a thing of the past…or at least more manageable.

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5/9/2015

Signs that you might be vocally fatigued

The voice is the only instrument that is apart the human body (unless you count clapping your hands as percussion!!). So it makes sense that the instrument is the entire body, not just the larynx alone. Everything from body alignment, respiratory system, the larynx, vocal tract, not to mention the brain are involved in this high level athletic coordination! 

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3/2/2015

Setting SMART Goals

We all want something in this business. But what you want is different from what your best friend might want, even if it is the very same goal. That is because we all arrive at our goals differently. How we measure and how we pursue goals are unique to us. But no matter how unique your goal, or your approach, there are always five steps you can follow to ensure your goal is tailored to what you want and made more attainable.

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10/15/2014

The Tiger

In the moment that I’m writing this article, I’m late. I should have had this piece finished weeks ago. The miniature Davids in the back of my mind have been tapping their toes and watches, but I have managed to ignore them. “Let me procrastinate in peace,” I’ve begged. Until now.

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7/24/2014

Why Am I Doing This Again?

I had a one hour break in which to eat, go to the bank, respond to client emails, and be ready to start the second half of a lengthy teaching day. I raced out of the studio past the slow walkers to the bank...

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6/24/2014

Damaged Goods: A Renewal Revival

When your voice begins to sound and feel irregular, your inner voices can be pretty disturbing. They take you down a dark and miserable emotional road of fear and self-doubt. Immediately, we go into..

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4/23/2014

Take My Breath Away

Riddle me this: When is using more breath detrimental to your vocal health? Answer: When it isn't. Every breath you take... Not surprisingly, there's a lot of hot air floating around the voice teaching community concerning the use of breath during singing. Do you try to flutter the tissue dangling a daunting ten feet away from your mouth while trying to execute your Beyoncé inspired riffs? Or do you try your best to keep your steamy exhale from fogging up the mirror you're holding claustrophobically close to your mouth? Both of these I have been asked to perform in voice lessons, and in both of these I have succeeded in achieving new heights of light headedness.

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4/2/2014

"WHY" Do We Sing?

At first thought, this question may seem far too simple or far too philosophical for a conversation about improving one's performance. I assure you, it is neither. As evident in my prior articles, I have gone...

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3/5/2014

TLC for your R&B

The best part of my job as an instructor at New York Vocal Coaching is helping varied singers gain control over their voices.  In this article, I want to share a few thoughts on the R&B style and one of my...

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1/21/2014

Negotiating Styles: Classical To Pop

Even if you’re an amateur pop music aficionado, you recognize the absurdity of approaching every style with the same technique.  Imagine for a moment a world in which classical technique is applied to pop music, and pop technique is applied to...

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11/10/2013

Finding The Right Voice Teacher

Finding the right voice teacher is one of the most crucial steps you’ll ever take in your singing life, and finding a perfect match can take years of trial and error.  On the way to finding your match, you’re bound...

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11/3/2013

Ego Reads. Humility breeds.

In my absence from chronicling my thoughts from a music director/coach perspective, I have seen some brilliant performances that have given me pause; performances that made me stop and think, “How is something so...

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9/4/2013

Mixed Voice

The mixed voice is one of the most discussed, debated, and researched topics of vocal pedagogy.  Almost every singer is working on her or his ‘mix,’ or trying to ‘mix’ that high note, or wanting to...

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5/19/2013

The Opposite(s) Of Singing

Every singer has a goal.  For some, it’s being able to sing exciting, strong high notes. For others it’s singing the most difficult songs with ease; others long to sing lightning fast riffs. Clients come...

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4/15/2013

Singing With Pure EEase

It’s time we had a talk about EE. Though it takes second place in the accepted listing of vowels, we use the EE to form the diphthongs of fourteen letters of our alphabet, making it one of the most...

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4/9/2013

The "Sound" And The Voice

As actor/singers prepare for auditions, there tends to be a great deal of concern about the “sound” that’s required to accurately portray (or at least, land) the role that is being cast.  Aside from the...

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3/11/2013

Practice Makes Permanent!

"Practice Makes Permanent!" Mrs. Marilyn shouted from behind the piano after, yet again, someone forgot to cut off with the rest of the ensemble.  The rehearsal room immediately froze, save for the darting...

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3/7/2013

“Don’t You Dare Lift Your Soft Palate!” -or- “Tar And Feathers”

“Justin, I hate the sound of my voice. It always sounds so whiny and nasal!” “Justin, I’d like to get my daughter into...

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3/3/2013

A Prelude

Before I became a professional music director, I had every intention of becoming a musical theatre performer.  I studied four years at the prestigious Musical Theatre program at the University of Michigan, then, as was expected, pursued the life of an actor here in New York.  But somewhere along the way, I made a turn and didn't quite end up where I'd planned...

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2/7/2013

Let Your Tongue Die!

The singer in front of me looked back, questioning my sanity.  Of course, I didn't actually mean die, nor did I mean for her to sing with her tongue flopping out of her mouth, hilarious as that might be. No, what we were seeking was tongue...

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2/2/2013

Can Everyone Sing?

Can everyone sing or do you have to be born with it? At New York Vocal Coaching, we get asked that question all the time. It's an easy one. The answer is quite simple: YES! Everyone can sing. And not only <em>can</em> everyone sing, everyone <em>needs</em> to sing.