you peruse our site you may be one of the people who
think, Hey, I had this idea 10 years ago! You’re not
is a concept that has been conceived in a million
different places at a million different times. The
reason it appears now is the result of a little
inspiration, timing, the right mix of talents, luck, and
a lot of perseverance and patience.
founded in 1998, appropriately enough, during a voice
lesson. Its founders Justin White (the teacher) and
Neill Carson (the student) had just finished the warm-up
and were poised to begin working on repertoire. Before
beginning, Carson stated that he was tired of singing
White’s special version of Hot-Crossed Buns and
wanted to do something else (we’re kidding!).
Seriously, a discussion began that addressed the
problems faced by training singers and their voice
teachers. The conclusions reached were several. Here are
1-hour per week is not enough time to impart the
information a student needs.
material that is accurate and easy to access is very
accompaniments alone are often not enough
information for a young singer to effectively and
diction instruction requires more time and attention
than can be allotted during a 1-hour weekly voice
teachers would enjoy working with a student who is
better prepared and ready to work on VOICE as
opposed to notes and rhythms.
this point, they realized that each brought a very
special set of talents and experience to the table. Work
began quickly and here we are.
A few points
that are very important follow:
does not advocate using these materials in lieu of a
vocal coach, voice teacher, diction teacher, studio
accompanist, or any other qualified professional
dedicated to the art of singing. These materials are
intended to improve all of these relationships by
creating a more informed, practiced singer.
does not advocate or endorse learning by rote. These
materials were designed to make vital musical
information easy to access and simple to use. In
fact, because of the amount of information and how
it’s presented, singers will find themselves
paying much closer attention to the finer details
than ever before.
products are ONE WAY a song can be performed.
Singers are encouraged to use their imaginations,
skill, and scholarship to create their own, personal
approaches to this repertoire.
performances are a distillation of the lifetime
experiences and training of two accomplished
musicians (singer and accompanist). If singers
choose to emulate anything, let it be that practice.