Daily Warm-ups to Keep Your Voice in Shape!

Sing Yourself To Better Health – Starts 8/03 – 2 Sessions

MEETS: Monday 8/03 , Wednesday 8/05, Time TBD

STARTS: 8/03 on the Zoom platform

Tuition: $49 for 2-Session Series

SFCC Continuing Ed: Course Number 4450010


Any questions, feel free to contact Priscilla.

4 Healthy Habits for Choral Singing – Starts 7/13 – 4 weeks

MEETS: 4 weeks, Mondays: 10:00 – 11:15 am

STARTS: July 13, 2020 on the Zoom platform

$40 for 4-Session Series or $12 Drop-in Fee


Priscilla will arrange with you to meet via Skype, FaceTime, Zoom, or in-person instruction for individuals or small groups.

Albert Schweitzer Quote

“There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats.”

― Albert Schweitzer


Albert Schweitzer (4 January 1875 – 4 September 1965) was an Alsatian theologian, organist, writer, humanitarian, philosopher, and physician. He received the 1952 Nobel Peace Prize for his philosophy of “Reverence for Life”, becoming the eighth Frenchman to be awarded that Prize.

Let’s Sing Some Quodlibets

The famous Bach Family (a very large family) used to get together and sing quodlibets or several songs at the same time.  If anyone came to protest the “noise” they were invited to come in and join the fun.  You all can do this too.

Try singing 3 traditional rounds at the same time (maybe start with just 2).  Try “Frere Jacque,” “Three Blind Mice,” and “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” all together.  Let me know how it goes.

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The Bach Family By Toby Edward Rosenthal [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The Aging Singer and the Middle Voice

pz_teach2_3across_900Female singers may remark that they have beautiful high notes and beautiful low notes, but don’t ask them about their middle voice.  Those are the pitches where there is the most fatigue due to the fact that is also where the speaking voice lies.  As we age all of our muscles lose elasticity and the  muscles in the larynx are no exception.  In order to deal with this factor, older female singers should use their chest voice Eb 4 and lower.  Tones should also have the sensation of much head space which will enhance the round quality of the vowels.

Sing Better as You Age

conduct_900“We don’t stop singing because we grow old.  We grow old because we stop singing.” – George Bernard Shaw

Aging is a fact of nature but many singing challenges often blamed on aging can be improved through adjusted physical habits and acquired vocal skills.  Aging singers need to understand how the voice works and what happens physical as singers’ experience vocal changes as they age.  There are particular exercises and strategies that help to overcome the effects of aging so that singers can continue to enjoy gratification from singing.

The Dog, the Duck and the Dino

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Priscilla Zimmermann teaching a class at SFCC

Body alignment is fundamental to singing!

There are two postures that are common to those who need to improve their alignment for singing:

1. The Dog – where the pelvis is tipped forward.

2. The Duck – where the pelvis is tipped back.

Both of these inhibits deep breathing on the part of the singer!

The Dino – or Dinosaur – is the goal!!

The Dino posture, which is also represented by typical regal stance, separates the pelvis from the ribcage resulting in a lifted stance. This is ideal for effective deep breathing for singing.

Singing Changes your Brain (article)

Here’s a wonderful piece by Time Magazine entitled “Singing Changes your Brain”.

http://ideas.time.com/2013/08/16/singing-changes-your-brain/

Wonderful that science is revealing what most of us already know!