081. Playing the Game of Tones with Zack Durlam!
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Yes, my friends...Winter Is Coming! But it's not the Game of Thrones--it's the "Game of Tones"! ;)
In Episode 81 of the podcast, I'm talking with Zack Durlam, who serves as the Director of Choral Activities at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Zack is a fantastic choir director (he was my cooperating teacher for student teaching back in the day), and also has a wonderful tenor voice. One of his passions is teaching healthy vocal technique in imaginative and creative ways, and he has done a number of collaborations with his collegiate voice faculty colleagues. When a voice teacher comes into your rehearsal and says, "I really like that--I'm going to use that in my studio", you know you're doing something right!
I've seen Zack present his session called "Game of Tones" multiple times, and it is fantastic. In this episode he goes through many of the concepts related to vocal technique, and gives you tips and strategies that you can use in rehearsal that will help your singers develop healthy vocal technique, while at the same time help you to mold the sound of your ensemble. And he does it in a way that's easy to understand, and a whole lot of fun!
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This classroom resources consists of eight video lessons, in which I discuss some of the basic concepts of vocal technique. Each lesson includes a Google Form Quiz that will guide your singers through the lesson (and act as an easy assessment piece), as well as some additional ideas that you can use to assess the vocal development of your singers! Use the lessons in rehearsal, as homework for your singers, or as an easy lesson for a substitute teacher! Click HERE for more information!
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