1.8 million years ago, the homo Ergaster started to walk in two legs as us, and that posture gave our ancestors the possibility of a bigger brain and a lower position of the larynx, that favoured musical and linguistically ability. Singing is as old as communication, as old as the origin of speaking is, and READ MORE
Category: Pedagogy of the singing group
Silence vs talking in the Inclusive Choir
Marsilio Ficino (1433-1498), Florentine philosopher wrote a wonderful sentence: “Music is nothing more than a Decoration of Silence”. What a wonderful statement. Shall we take it to the choir? Undoubtedly silence is in many ways a pre condition for music making. In silence we concentrate, in silence we can really listen… so that we realize READ MORE
Are you in touch?
There is something that struck me since I have been conducting choirs here in UK. That is the fact that some people gave me, among other kinds of positive and most interesting feedback, comments about “surprising” and “unusual” pedagogy. They were referring to touch. I remember that around when I was first starting my voice READ MORE
How do we want our choirs?
We want our choirs to be inclusive.- a choir for everybody who wants to join regardless of how people consider that they can sing or not. Even people who consider themselves to be “tone deaf” has proved considerable improvement with practice, relaxation, enjoyment and lack of judgement. I even had students in the past who READ MORE