How to Practice Seminar

The How to Practice seminar transformed my attitude towards practicing and gave me concrete suggestions on how to structure my practice time…I think that singers of all ages and backgrounds can benefit from this workshop, and I can’t recommend it highly enough.                                                  —Sarita Cannon, soprano, participant (See more testimonials below.)

Instructor: Dr. Julia Nielsen

When: Tuesday, October 23, 2018 6:30pm-8:30pm

Where: Dr. Nielsen’s Studio, San Francisco, CA

Fee: $70 for studio members, $80 for non-members

Participants: This workshop is open to singers of all genres interested in the topics being addressed. However, it is geared towards classical singers.

Description: This seminar combines elements of both lecture/presentation and group discussion, to address topics including:

  • What are the key elements of (and differences between) warming up, vocalizing, score study, and practicing repertoire?
  • How can a singer determine his or her ideal practice routine, balancing the four elements above?
  • What types of exercises should be included in a daily vocal exercise routine?
  • How do you apply technical work to repertoire practice?
  • What is the best way to learn a new piece of music (or an entire score) that saves the voice and trains in good technical habits?
  • What are common barriers to regular practice, and how can they be overcome?
  • How can we find more joy in our private practice time? What will make us want to practice? Love to practice?

Each singer will leave the workshop with the outline of a personalized practice plan.

Registration: Please contact Dr. Julia Nielsen to reserve a spot.

What are participants saying about the How to Practice Seminar?

The How to Practice seminar immediately transformed my attitude towards practicing and gave me concrete suggestions on how to structure my practice time. I liked the format: it was a nice balance of personal reflection and group discussion. And the detailed questionnaire about our own practice habits was illuminating. I also appreciated your sharing your own struggles with practicing and how you have overcome them. You have such a welcoming, nurturing presence that made people from a variety of musical backgrounds feel safe sharing their own experiences. Finally, I have begun to see practice time as a privilege to do what gives me such joy and as an opportunity to preserve my vocal health so that I can sing for the rest of my life. Not bad for a two-hour workshop!! I think that singers of all ages and backgrounds can benefit from this workshop, and I can’t recommend it highly enough.  Sarita Cannon, soprano, participant, SF Symphony Chorus

I really got a lot from the assessment questions–thinking about them, answering them for myself, hearing you talk so candidly about your own responses, and the open discussion with the other attendees. The questions themselves gave me permission to think in different ways about my practice habits and barriers as well as the various approaches people shared, and this was freeing and motivating. The additional reference materials in the workbook were also specific and helpful. I look forward to trying out a lot of this material, especially the variations on the vocal exercises!  Mayo Tsuzuki, participant, SF Symphony Chorus

The seminar this weekend was so constructive! I really liked having the opportunity to think about my practice habits. It was great hearing about different ways to monitor myself, how to modify exercises I know, and spend less time singing and more time studying at the piano! I need to incorporate more agility, dynamics, different vowels, and consonants into my exercises … It was great hearing other people’s perspectives, too. It’s good to hear that other people have some of the same questions and obstacles as me because practicing is so solitary. Vero Kherian, soprano, The Lamplighters