Pedagogy Advent Day 25:
You Are Enough
We made it! It's been 25 days of pedagogy fun and challenges, and I hope you've found it beneficial.
This was a big challenge that I laid out for myself this month. I've never done anything like this, and I have to admit I'm proud of myself for being brave enough to try something hard. Twenty-five days of content is hard, y'all! Yet, through the whole month I was encouraged by the messages I received from many of you, and I'll be honest, I just had fun doing it. Thanks for coming along on this journey with me!
I want to end our time by reminding you that you are a great teacher, and the secret sauce in your studio is YOU! Some students may want to study with a guru, but most people just want someone who will encourage them, challenge them, and see them for who they really are. I applaud you for the hard work you're doing and for the investment you are making in your students' lives. It goes so far beyond just singing. SO FAR BEYOND!
My final challenge for you today is to go back to the basics and remember why you love singing. What do you love about your voice? I've found it so very interesting in my years of teaching that when I ask people this question, more often than not the initial answer I get is "NOTHING!" It's so hard not to be negative about our singing voices. I know that's true because I've lived it. I've had to do some deep work to push past that negative knee jerk reaction to really get to the bottom of why I sing. If I hated my voice, why did I keep singing? That didn't make any sense. I've learned that there are things I love about my voice, and those things keep me singing. Simply fixing the things I didn't like aren't enough to keep me going. I have to remember the why.
I love that I have flexibility in my voice that allows me to sing the Baroque repertoire that i luuuuuuuuv. (Anybody else exercise while listening to Bach? Seriously, it gets my heart pumping!) I have a really great straight tone technique that has allowed me to sing choral music professionally, and I love that, too. I'm missing it right now! I love being able to lead in worship. It's fun and challenging.
What do you love? Today's download is a way you can share what you love about your voice, and invite your clients and friends to share what they love about their own voices, too. And if it feels difficult to share that publicly right now, you can reply to me and tell me until you're ready to share it with others.
Thanks again for coming along with me this month. I've enjoyed it immensely. If you'd like to join my regular pedagogy email list, you can sign up here. And you can follow me on the socials. Links to my pages are at the bottom of the page. The Advent Hub on my website will be up and available until January 31, 2021, so grab anything you want before then. Otherwise, keep an eye out on my socials and in my email list for many of these things to make a reappearance. You'll be head of the curve!
My very best wishes to you as we end 2020 and sail into 2021. I hope that you stay safe, content, and challenged in your studios. I'm honored to serve you!