10 NYSSMA VOCAL TIPs That will get you that HIGH SCORE! PLUS FESTIVAL DAY LIST!

NYSSMA NEW YORK STATE SCHOOL MUSIC ASSOCIATION These are SOLO VOCAL tips but can apply to all NYSSMA testing, as well as College Auditions. What is NYSSMA? According to their website: “NYSSMA sponsors approximately 145 solo & small ensemble and major ensemble festivals in New York State each spring. At solo and small ensemble festivals, students are given a performance evaluation that involves playing a graded solo from the NYSSMA Manual and sight reading. If a student is playing an instrument, scales are involved. The sooner you can start, the…

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Sore Throat Remedies for Singers, and Everybody Else.

Sore Throat Remedies for Singers ( OR anyone!) One of the most annoying banes a singer can experience is a sore throat. Regardless of the source whether from a cold or overuse-it gets in the way of what we love to do most-sing. The two remedies that have helped me time and time again have been Fresh Pineapple and Ginger Tea. If you want to see results and be able to sing or speak try these: FRESH PINEAPPLE Fresh pineapple contains enzyme Bromelain. Bromelain is a natural anti-inflammatory with analgesic…

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Vocal Lessons-From Talented Beginners to Seasoned Pros

Terry Little’s vocal lessons offer students a combination of different approaches to singing. The first is based on classical Bel Canto style singing with a focus on classical style exercises, warm ups and postures, as well as placement of projection of the voice and the body as an instrument. The second approach is the “Speech Level” singing style founded by Seth Riggs, considered by many to be the father of modern pop style singing-which focuses in a more relaxed approach to vocalization.  At times these two styles may seem at…

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Guitar Lessons-Learn to Play Right Away!

Guitar lessons are offered for beginners to intermediate levels.  All students start out learning a few popular guitar “riffs” from songs and then move on to chords, and later to soloing and working with guitar sounds and effects.  Students are offered the opportunity to learn songs they want to play, rather than teaching from a books.  However, practical music reading-especially tablature  are taught to students as well as basic scale composition and note reading. Most study materials are supplied compliments of the studio. Students are also taught how to take care…

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