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What Are the Best Songs to Sing for Boys?

What Are the Best Songs to Sing for Boys?

What are the best songs for boys going through puberty, dealing with those inevitable voice breaks and cracks? Find out in this guest post by voice teacher Molly R...   The adolescent years are difficult no matter what. There is a lot of pressure to be accepted and seen as “cool” by your peers, and it seems as though these young people are always riding a roller coaster of emotions! As if it weren’t already hard enough to select vocal repertoire, boys around the ages of 12 to 1 … Read More

What Are the Best Songs to Sing for Boys?
What are the best songs for boys going through puberty, dealing with those inevitable voice breaks and cracks? Find out in this guest post by voice teacher Molly R...   The adolescent years are difficult no matter what. There is a lot of pressure to be accepted and seen as “cool” by your peers, and it seems as though these young people are always riding a roller coaster of emotions! As if it weren’t already hard enough to select vocal repertoire, boys around the ages of 12 to 1
10 Best Things About Being a Piano Player
What do you love about playing the piano? Here, New Paltz, NY teacher Cheryl E. shares her top 10 list... do you agree?   I have to stop myself sometimes, and call my parents to thank them for the piano lessons they made me endure when I was a kid. I hated them for a while, loved them for a while, and then, lo and behold, I turned into a composer, performer, and songwriter. Who knew? Looking back, I can see so much value in learning the piano. Here are the 10 best things about pla
Guitar Theory Basics: Understanding Keys
Curious about keys? Guitar teacher Alexander A. breaks down the guitar theory behind understanding keys... What key am I in? For most of the music we play this simple question yields a simple answer. I think the REAL question here is “why.” Why is a piece of music considered to be in the key of G major, or A minor, or any other key? I was in my 3rd semester of Jazz Harmony at Berklee when the instructor stumped the entire class with this question. I think the answer will surprise you. The
5 Exercises to Help Reduce Tension While Playing the Violin
Reducing tension while playing the violin is extremely important. After all, relaxing your muscles is one of the keys to producing a smooth sound. Below, violin teacher Carol Beth L. shares five exercises for helping reduce tension while playing the violin.  Are you having a difficult time perfecting your violin playing? Very often, violin students have trouble producing a good sound when they aren't properly relaxed. High-level players learn, among other things, to eliminate tension i
3 Exercises to Free Your Singing Voice
Want to learn how to sing better? You may have heard that controlling your breathing and your body can make a big difference. Here, NY teacher Nadia B. shares three exercises to try...   While you probably already have a familiar and effective warm-up for singing, the following exercises are helpful to expand your warm-up to continue throughout practice. Some of them can be incorporated into your singing practice time to make it more effective, and others can be a good way to focus on

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