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Monday, January 15, 2018

12 Tiny Changes, revisited

It's time to revisit the 12 TINY CHANGES series I posted a few years ago. We're not going to attempt to overhaul your lives: that's a losing proposition. But we can all make tiny adjustments without much discomfort, and they slowly become part of our new life habit. Small changes in our thinking and behavior make a big difference over time.

Our first topic is hydration.

Most of us are slightly dehydrated most of of the time. By the time you feel like you need to drink something, you're already dehydrated. Our brains consist of over 85% water, and need to be hydrated to function properly. Hydration affects everything from our coordination to our ability to concentrate...two crucial things in music-making. Water is also necessary for toxin elimination, proper digestion, joint health, and healthy skin and bones. In short, drinking enough water keeps us healthier. In this season of colds and flu, I'll take every extra bit of defense I can get!

Hydration is one of the easiest things to control and (at least for me) one of the easiest things to overlook. So our aim for this week is to drink before we're even thirsty. Since we all live by our phones, go ahead and try an electronic reminder. There are a tons of apps that remind you to drink regularly, and many of them are free. My favorites, for various reasons:

Fitbit (if you wear one)
AppleWatch (OK, I confess: I covet this. One of these days...)
My Fitness Pal (you have to remember to enter info here, but more on this app later)
WaterMinder (I like the reminders on this one)
iHydrate (integrates with Fitbit, Jawbone, & HealthKit; lets you choose other drinks)

My Wellness for Musicians student Emily found an app called FABULOUS. She said it was like having Dr. Kris in her pocket, reminding her to do nice things for herself. (How lovely that's what she hears me reminding her to do!) The app's first suggestion: set a glass of water next to your bed at night, and drink it first thing in the morning. That can at least start you in the right direction.

Here's your one tiny change: get a water app, and use it this week. Don't judge how "well" or "badly" you do, just give it a try and notice how you feel and whether or not it works for you. You might decide to try another app next week. Just observe for now, without judgment.

Drink up! 

Friday, January 12, 2018

Second week of class

Hi folks,

As mentioned in lessons and in class today, be sure you read pp. 1-12 of Don Greene's PERFORMANCE SUCCESS and take the survey. Post your reflections on the reading and on the survey in your Google doc. Do this before your lesson next week! If you haven't purchased the book yet, do. You can get it at the UAB bookstore or on Amazon.

Next week's Performance Class will be TUTTI (all together) in Hulsey Recital Hall (HRH): sign up to sing on my door if we have discussed it.

Also, I double checked: AlaNATS is in Mobile in February, but SERNATS is at Auburn this year, March 23-24. Let me know if you'd like to participate in either one, and I'll make it happen! In each case, you should plan on the expense of hiring one of the staff accompanists.

Thanks, and have a great weekend.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Performance Class Meeting Places

Hi folks,

There is no singing this Friday, so we are meeting our studios separately. Here are the locations:

Dr. Cho: Third floor dance Studio
Prof. Doss: her studio
Dr. Evans: his studio
Dr. Kris: HRH

See you then!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

First week's reading

Folks,

Since I won't see all of you during this first week of class due to my illness, I want to keep all of you on track.

Be sure you read pp. 1-2 of Don Greene's PERFORMANCE SUCCESS and take the survey. Post your reflections on the reading and on the survey in your Google doc. (If you don't know what that is yet, don't worry: we'll talk about it in your first lesson). Do this before your lesson next week!

If you haven't purchased the book yet, do. You can get it at the UAB bookstore or on Amazon.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Voice lesson schedule

Folks,

Here is the schedule. In the future, get me your schedules on time, as requested. Please send your PDFs of music to your pianists IMMEDIATELY (csteele@uab.edu or richardbyrd101@gmail.com).

Thanks, and see you soon.

Monday (Dr. Steele)
10:10 Beau
11:10 Briana
12:05 Michael
1:05 Lilly

Tuesday (R = Mr. Byrd; C = Dr. Steele)
10:15 - Jenn  (R)
10:45 - Farryn (R)
1:00 Camilla (R)
1:30 Peyton (R)
2:00 Eric (C)
2:30 Austin (C)
3:30 Ashlyn (C)
4:00 Lauren (C)--no need to bring anything to your first lesson!

Friday (Dr. Steele)
10:00 Daley
10:30 Eugena
11:10-12  Grace 
12:20-1:10 Performance Class: ALL!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Lesson schedule

Folks,

I am well aware that I said that I'd post the lesson schedule on January 2. That was provided that all of my students sent their schedules by January 1, as requested.

That has not happened. Several of you did not send me your schedules in time.

I am now in New York, running a national workshop. There is no time to chase people down.

Dr. Evans has very generously agreed to finish the schedule with the availability he has for pianists. Stay tuned: things may be up in the air until the first day of classes.

This is a friendly reminder as to why there are deadlines: scheduling affects EVERYONE.

12 Tiny Changes, revisited

It's time to revisit the 12 TINY CHANGES series I posted a few years ago. We're not going to attempt to overhaul your lives: th...