How We Think or Feel is How We Will Sing

I cannot stress enough the importance of maintaining a positive attitude when singing and, especially when teaching. If you can't say something nice, don't just say nothing, FIND SOMETHING nice to say.

Let's face facts, this career affects our egos. Our fragile egos are all wrapped up in it. We try to get our egos out of it but sometimes that is easier said than done. That is why we must find ways to make it about the process. If it becomes about the end result, it gets harder than it needs to be. And I speak from experience.

As a teacher, while it is my job to find those things which make a singer's voice unattractive and call attention to them, I realize I must deliver the bad news of someone's "flaws" with optimism. I am always optimistic that you can overcome whatever technical difficulty you may be having. I want you to have a "yes, I can" attitude. Because you can!

Vocal sensations

I sat out and didn't sing much for a few years. Partly because I went back to school full time to complete my B.A at Rutgers (completed it in 2011). Partly because of family issues and personal tragedies. But things are better now and I have returned to singing in the past year. I too have a voice teacher and am reworking my voice for performance. So I am living this process with my students. What I have been reminded about recently is something I've always told my students - FEEL!! Feeling your voice is the most important tool in your arsenal. It is not not worth it to "listen". Your sensations will always be a better guide than your ears.

Singing for joy's sake

Above all else, I advocate singing at least a few minutes each day with unfettered joy and abandon. Do this sometime after you've vocalized and done whatever exercises you're currently working on. Once you've gone over that song for all the nuances and practiced your pianissimo. When all that is done, just sing!!

Keep your spirit and vocal approach fresh by giving yourself 5 to 15 minutes each day, or at the very least, each week. Sing like you're on a deserted island where you are beyond judgment and reproach. It's healthy to allow yourself to sing without the judgments - particularly your own.


Celia Castro, 212-417-0074