In some ways this piece is a departure from my other posts, given the focus on choral. But it very much ties in with similar posts here that focus on the importance of music in our society today- at a time when music and the arts are less likely to be counted into school budgets, and when the industry in general has changed drastically in this age of the digital download.

Elaine Brown was Temple University Professor Emerita and choral director from 1948 to 1956; she had a vision for what was best for her students- as singers- and as people. Brown made certain that her choral groups were racial integrated. Given this time in American history- she could be touted as a trailblazer for sure.

This quote from Tara Webb Duey, Director of Development, Center for the Arts, Temple University, really says a lot about the legacy of this woman: “She worked to bring people together- at at time when society wanted to keep them apart.”

In this article, two former students of Elaine Brown reflect on what this Iconic music professor meant to them and how she helped shape their lives.


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Hey All- wanted to pass on a link to a wonderful online music resource. Hypebot, is a site dedicated to resources for singers and musicians. Within the DIY page are topics such as song copywriting, and also achieving success in the music industry. The Social Media page has several tips on social media and marketing. The Think Tank page has more on marketing, as well as a piece on setting up a recording studio.

Lots of great info here, and this is a site that is kept current so feel free to check back to Hypebot on a regular basis.

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Conquering stage fright

Posted on Jul 13, 2015

During the the first lesson with each of my students I hand out and discuss a list of vocal-study topics. In this way they have a better perspective on what to expect in upcoming lessons. One of those topics I have titled, “psychology & singing” and this includes many of the emotional aspects of studying voice and music. Invariably, stage fright finds its way into this category.
The link below offers some perspective from the view of a piano player on how to master stage fright. Enjoy!

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In the recent 6-part series here on Making Money Singing we took an in-depth look at opportunities for singers to create their act and to market themselves. And so in an effort to pass along resources to help singers (and musicians) advance their careers I want to share this link: 25 social media resources for musicians.

This page includes links to the many social media outlets, as well as some additional marketing-resource links at the bottom of the page. Enjoy!

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More on Vocal health for singers…

Posted on Mar 29, 2015

Am always glad to pass on along resources to help singers. The page link below is to vocal The many links at the site will be invaluable to singers at all skill and experience levels. Check especially the bottom of the page for the many links to various topics on vocal health. Enjoy!

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