TERMINOLOGY TUESDAY – Ingénue

While working with a student on a callback for the part of Georgia in the musical Curtains. We came across the word Ingénue and she had no idea what it meant. I thought, wow that's actually a word that is referred to in the world of musical theatre all the time, but...

TERMINOLOGY TUESDAY – CAESURA

I love this word! As performers… taking a break is often just as important as working your tush off! So, when I see this symbol it reminds me, “Hey! Taking a break is OK!” Basically, when you see this symbol in a piece of music it means either the...

TERMINOLOGY TUESDAY – PASSAGGIO

New students are often frustrated with the area of their voice between their head voice and chest voice. They don't understand how to transition from their chest voice to their head voice and they often crack or sound pushed, pinched or extremely breathy because they...

TERMINOLOGY TUESDAY – FERMATA

I believe learning music should be fun… so I often use silly little phrases to help my students remember music terminology. This isn't just for kids – adults need some music humor in their life too! So every Tuesday, I'll be sharing my favorite little...

I'll Be Here

I first heard this song in 2009 at a fundraiser in New York City called “The Sky is Not Falling.” It was fundraiser for Milwaukee's Skylight Music Theater, which was having some issues at the time. My husband played in the band and I had several friends...