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VIDEO: Singing Lessons for Children – The How To

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Winner of the Van Lawrence Prize 2010 awarded by the British Voice Association, Dr. Jenevora Williams is both a leading voice scientist and pedagogue.

She’s a voracious scholar and committed practitioner who continues to push the boundaries of voice education and teaching.

Steve and Jenevora took some time to talk about all things singing, and all things children. Here are the timestamps:

1:16 Jenevora’s background
3:35 Jenevora’s book – Teaching Singing to Children and Young Adults
6:35 Misconceptions and myths with Children’s singing teaching
14:22 How do we motivate children to sing?
18:00 The difference between style and technique
21:23 The top three tips for teaching children
24:14 Implications of the male voice change
29:30 How to teach a group of Children?
32:35 What’s next for Jenevora?

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VIDEO: Can You Teach A Growth Mindset?

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Steve sits down with Katie Walton. Teacher and author of the Mindset Melting Pot. They talk about mindset, Carol Dweck’s work, Sir Ken Robinson and some practical ways to encourage a growth mindset in the classroom.

4:50 the value in developing courage in the learning journey
8:19 What is a growth mindset?
9:34 How do we make sense of Carol Dweck’s work?
11:35 Some practical activities to promote the growth mindset
16:50 The difference between primary and secondary school mindset
20:45 We must start encouraging the right mindset at an early age

You can buy the book on Amazon. Find it here: http://goo.gl/HXtbV5
Or visit Katie’s other work here: http://www.growthmindset.org/

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VIDEO: Should I Take Singing Exams?

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There are a variety of things you can receive when taking singing lessons. One is singing grades. But, do I need them? Do you really need to take singing exams?

With the crossover into contemporary styles becoming more prevalent, are singing exams necessary? In other words, do I need to take singing exams if I want to be a pop singer?

Steve spoke with the Associate Chief Examiner at Trinity College, London. One of the leading examining boards in the UK to find out.

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VIDEO: Should Kids Meditate?

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The world is changing, but are our minds changing just as fast? People may think that meditation or mindfulness practice is quite an obscure topic when talking about singing lessons for kids. But what could a more mindful headspace do for children, their creativity, and overall health?Steve speaks with Claire Kelly, operations director of the Mindfulness In Schools Project. Claire discusses why children may want (or need) to start considering meditation and more specifically, mindfulness practice.

We talk about:

2:55 What is mindfulness
5:33 Why do we need mindfulness practice today?
7:38 What is meditation
9:28 What happens to the brain when we meditate?
10:40 Why should kids meditate?
14:25 How to start meditation/mindfulness practice
18:30 how to group teach meditation/mindfulness practice
21:15 How to break the woowoo barrier

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VIDEO: Singing Lessons and Vocal Training in Hollywood

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Steve speaks with Ingrid Schnell. Singer, songwriter and artist development coach in Los Angeles. She has worked with artist seen or heard on Disney, Nickelodeon, The Voice, X-Factor, BMG, Hollywood Records etc. He was lucky to sit in on one of Ingrid singing lessons. It was easy to see that she has a serious passion for taking artists to the top… and high expectations to match.

We talk about:

2:17 What young artists need to think about when they take the first step
3:38 It’s not all bright lights… why work ethic is important
6:28 Ingrid’s vocal training toolbox
7:27 Talent is overrated
8:48 Using musicality and harmony singing for group training
10:16 How to make the transition from karaoke singer to artist
12:08 Why Will Smith is awesome

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