These are some example videos from the VelardeVoiceStudio YouTube channel. PRIVATE videos of parts of weekly lessons are available solely to the students whose lesson is taped. Taking video of yourself is an AMAZINGLY useful way to keep on top of your technique, each student is videoed approximately once per month. Lesson videos are then shared privately via YouTube email invitation. Enjoy!!
OH MY GOODNESS!! Would that we all sounded so good at age 99. THIS is what I want all my students to be able to do when they're "old." (Magda Olivero, born March 25, 1910) Fast forward to 3min30sec to hear her sing.
Rachel singing at a fundraiser for Arizona Opera on June 6, 2009. Find more of Rachel's singing on YouTube on her channel "rachelvelarde."
Music for the Young at Heart:
The Theremin (from Wikipedia):
The theremin (/ˈθɛrəmɪn/), originally known as the aetherphone / etherophone or termenvox / thereminvox is an early electronic musical instrument controlled without contact from the player. It is named after its Russian inventor, Professor Léon Theremin, who patented the device in 1928. The controlling section usually consists of two metal antennas which sense the position of the player's hands and control oscillators for frequency with one hand, and amplitude (volume) with the other. The electric signals from the theremin are amplified and sent to a loudspeaker.
The theremin is associated with an eerie sound, which has led to its use in movie soundtracks such as those in Spellbound, The Lost Weekend, and The Day the Earth Stood Still. Theremins are also used in art music (especially avant-garde and 20th- and 21st-century new music) and in popular music genres such as rock.
I use the theremin as an example of what singers should hear INSIDE their head when they have the perfect legato line. The voice is a freely vibrating instrument and should have this feeling of a strong thread (the "fila di voce") upon which the voice is "hung."
2 videos of water moving over a mill wheel - I use a lot of water analogies regarding breathing in the studio. Hope this helps those visual learners!!
Evelyn Glennie is a profoundly deaf musician who is also an amazing percussionist. She FEELS the sound vibrations with her entire body & by doing so is changing the way we view sound as solely auditory.
What interesting things composers can find as inspiration - this is truly a work of art!
A challenge to parents to instill this kind of confidence in their children. A challenge to music professionals to encourage music-making in the young. Make MUSIC!!!