Singing Advice

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    Developing Dialects

    The ability to speak convincingly in different dialects is an important part of an actor's tool kit. No matter how well you connect emotionally with a role, a false or inappropriate accent can diminish the final result.

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    Ear Training With Bruce Arnold

    The ability to accurately hear and analyze music is one of the hallmarks of a great musician. Most music students develop it through ear training. But traditional methods can leave them frustrated when they try to apply the concepts they've learned to actual music.

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    The Best Method Is No Method

    "I can't say I have a method." That's Jackie Presti speaking. "I never understand any method. Does any method fit every person? We're not cookie cutters."

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    Diva Development

    If you saw Donizetti's La Sonnambula at the Metropolitan Opera this season, you witnessed Carrie-Ann Matheson being hauled from the prompter's box during the fracas that ends the first act.

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    Opening Pandora's Voice Box

    Dialect coach Carla Meyer's the one James Cameron hired in 2006 to fill an extremely particular assignment on what's now the biggest-grossing movie of all time, "Avatar."

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    The Air of Songs

    Sara Louise Lazarus had been building a strong résumé as a singing actor while being prevailed upon for coaching by colleagues impressed with her work.

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    A Cautionary Tale

    "I can't think of another profession where what they teach you in school is so completely different from what you have to do in the professional world," says Stephen Tobolowsky.

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    Broadway Dreams

    Broadway Dreams began in 2001 as the Broadway Company. Annette Tanner and co-founder Farah Chapes were approached by actor friends Dave Barrus and Adam Hunter to help them do a series of classes in Atlanta.

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    The Pleasure of His Accompaniment

    Musical director Garry Dial gets technical about how to work with the band. The Manhattan School of Music staffer and independent coach has worked with big names in the business.

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    Touring Tune-Up

    An actor getting ready for a major tour—or any long stage run—is like an athlete prepping for the playoffs. You must be in top physical and vocal shape if you're to have any hope of success.