Hello and welcome to LondonMusicTeacher.com - a blog for all things relating to music teaching and performance.
The idea for this blog was born several years ago when I was asked to prepare and record a series of instructional videos on singing for the website Videojug.com. The titles for these videos were taken from popular google searches and thus, in a sense, presented me with a list of the internet's most "frequently asked questions".
Addressing these topics in detail and refining my views into 2-3 minute answers had a tremendous impact on my teaching and on how I chose to express what are, often, very nebulous concepts. Yet, at the time of recording, I gave very little thought to the fate of the videos themselves; I did my day's filming, left the raw footage with them and moved on to my next project.
But then a funny thing happened... People started getting in touch with me. Singers would write to me for advice on vocal issues and sent me clips for feedback, and fellow teachers wanted to pick my brains. Occasionally I even got recognised at gigs! Initially I found this deeply embarrassing; VideoJug's concise format necessarily meant that quite a lot of my explanations ended up on the cutting room floor and the remnants, to me, felt horribly superficial and simplistic. Moreover, the notion of a "How-To" guide always seemed to undersell the complexity of discipline that one can spend a lifetime mastering. Yet, as the number of views climbed to over half a million, there was no denying they had struck some sort of chord.
I found myself wondering if there might be another forum better suited to more open-ended discussion and thought perhaps this might be it. Of course, that still doesn't answer the obvious question of what this site is for, but I hope this can be something we might discover together. I will gradually add more articles to the blog, and several colleagues of mine have already volunteered to do the same and I am certain a theme will emerge! Some articles will address general issues of performance and interpretation, whereas others will be more focused on specific repertoire - in particular the ABRSM graded syllabus.
In the meantime, enjoy my ramblings!