One Voice with Jennifer Paige

4 06 2013

“I see you blowin me a kiss… it doesn’t take a scientist… to understand what’s goin on…baby….”

I bet those lyrics just rolled off your tongue…(it’s just like riding a bike but in the singing sense).  

“Crush” was the song you needed up your sleeves, if you were in the Sydney Cover band scene 12 years ago!   Many singers have agreed that they found themselves quiet clever just being able to string the words together…it was a wonderful song to sing and I fondly remember it being heavily requested during my gigs.

I am so honoured to have Jennifer Paige as our special guest artist.  Jen generously shares her music industry experiences in the hope of inspiring our One Voice students and budding performers!  It’s also the day of her new project release. 

I’ll let Jennifer tell you all about it!  

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  • Tell us what you have been up to since your hit song “Crush”?

After my debut release, my album went gold/platinum in 16 countries and I toured the world for two years. I came back to Los Angeles to record my 2nd album, Positively Somewhere. Again, more touring; and, the recording of my 3rd album, Best Kept Secret. My most recent release was last December with my first Christmas record, Holiday.  I’ve been fortunate enough to continue making records and to also sing on many behind the scenes projects for films like Autumn in New York, Simply Irrisistible and Smart People and lots of tv shows.  I’ve been the voice of countless advertising campaigns, most recently, Overstock.com; and I’ve written songs for other artists, including the bands York and Smashmouth. A lot has happened in the years following my first single, “Crush”. I’m always grateful for the opportunities that come my way, and every new accomplishment is a reminder to keep walking in the direction of my dreams.

  • When did you know you wanted to make singing your career and how did it come about?

I’ve known since I was a little girl – maybe 5 years old, or so. It became more serious for me in High School. I did many talent shows and was accepted into the Cobb County Center for Excellence in the Performing Arts. After school I went on the road with a band and eventually moved to Los Angeles to pursue my dreams of becoming a recording artist. I sang for anyone who would listen. I sang in local bands and sang demos for many local songwriters, including hit-songwriter Andy Goldmark. We ended up making my first record together. It was a very natural process. No one could’ve predicted I would have my first record deal within a year of moving to L.A.  Fate, luck – who knows?

  • What is the best advice you can give a young singer who wants to make a career in music?

Sing anywhere & everywhere. Family events, church, talent shows, auditions, learn to play an instrument, join a band, begin writing poems and lyrics. If you don’t play an instrument, don’t stress – that’s why we co-write. Best advice I can give you: When your big break comes, be ready. 🙂

  • Where does your inspiration for songwriting or singing  come from?

Every day life, people. nature, a great story, movies!

  • Do you take singing lessons or any sort of training?

I sing quite a bit in songwriting sessions & recording sessions so that keeps my voice in shape. I think it’s a great idea to contunue lessons, no matter what level of ability you have; but, if I’m honest, I haven’t made the time for lessons in a very long time. I am pretty aware of my vocal strengths and weaknesses, and I always try be well prepared for recording. Even something simple like drinking hot tea with honey and warming up my voice on the drive to the studio can make all the difference.

  • What are your future plans?

I’m gearing up to release my latest with my duo, Paige & Palermo – Stay EP releases on June 4, 2013

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  • How did you develop your new sound?

Other than a duet with Nick Carter from the Backstreet Boys, and a couple of international collaborations, I’ve worked as a solo artist.  Paige & Palermo is myself and a talented artist named Coury Palermo. We co-created this new sound while writing the songs and experimenting with different styles. Our style is very much a combination of both of our solo styles – that produced a somewhat moody, singer/songwriter infused Pop.

  • What advice would you give a parent who has a child interested in making a career in Music?

Pray.  A lot.  It aint for the faint of heart.  That’s what my parents would say… 😉

  • Best advice anyone has ever given you?

Know who you are as an artist. No one has the time or the energy to figure that out for you.

 Once again! Thank you for reading and contributing to the conversation! We love to hear from you…

Musically yours! Tina xo
 
You can purchase Paige and Palermo album – Stay at the iTunes link below.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/stay-ep/id647856281

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Tell us 3 things that you will do this month to help you reach your dream of becoming a better singer!

 




Announcing Kindermusik@Home!

17 12 2012

AtHomeHeader_EducatorVersionAs a licensed Kindermusik educator, there is nothing I love more than hearing about your favorite songs and how the magic of Kindermusik doesn’t stop when we sing that last good-bye or give a final hug.

Families tell me every day how they use our music and activities to connect throughout the week. We already know that parents embed Kindermusik into their daily routines and rituals from bath time to bedtime from doctor visits to grocery shopping—the same songs and activities from class can make every moment a learning one and create lasting memories. Anyone else sing the Kindermusik song every time you put your toys away or host an impromptu dance party to your favorite CD on a rainy day?

Parenting just got easier – in class and at home!

Through the newest research and technology, Kindermusik makes sure parents receive the educational tools they need to tap into the power of music to help make parenting easier and support their role as a child’s first and most important teacher. That’s why enrollment in every Kindermusik class includes music and age-appropriate activities for families to use together at home where a child learns best.

Now, with Kindermusik@Home you can easily access your favorite Kindermusik songs, activities, books and lyrics—as well as recipes, learning games for kids, crafts, and more in a green-friendly digital format any time from your smart phone, iPad, tablet, laptop, or computer.

See for yourself!

Kindermusik@Home educational activities for children include:

  • Music downloads: songs, rhymes, stories and sounds from class
  • Literature book in e-book format
  • Activity buttons lead to a variety of different activity types such as:
    • dance and movement activities
    • fingerplay demonstrations
    • together-in-the-kitchen activities
    • music time
    • focused listening games
    • video field trips
    • find-it/count-it style activities
    • ideas for pretend or imaginative play
    • and more!
  • The Why It’s Good for Your Child area provides parents with the educational insight behind the activities.
  • Download Center provides Printable Activity Pages and, Printable Lyrics Pages for all of the songs.

Tell me more!

I think you will find Kindermusik@Home easy for you. Good for your little one. Fun for all! Ask me how you can access the benefits of Kindermusik@Home today.

Regards

Tina

 

 





If I cannot fly, let me sing!

12 07 2012

If I cannot fly, let me sing!





My MUM teaches me how to sing!

15 06 2012

Some families are not able to bring their kids to singing lessons or music lessons. This may be for many reasons such as lack of time, the singing teacher is too far away or financial.

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There are many ways that you can help your child develop their singing voice.  

Here are just a few:

  • Watch youTube channels about singing

Vocal Mastery

  • Check out online courses

Berklee online classroom

Berklee sample course

  • Download Applications on iTunes – one you can get for free from MY vocal coach Leigh McRea – Vocal Mastery
  • Purchase singing lessons tracks or albums via iTunes
  • Follow One Voice school of singing page on Facebook for Vocal tips

So…. if you do teach your child or you teach yourself the main tip is that singing should feel comfortable.  If you are straining stop.  That’s when a Vocal teacher comes in handy.  She or He would be able to see why you are straining and give you tips on how to avoid the Vocal strain.  

I would love to know how you teach yourself how to sing? If you liked this post like it and share it. 

Please comment below and share some sites.

 

Musically yours Tina 🙂





URBANSTAR’S MOST POPULAR ARTIST 2012

13 06 2012
Singing is my life! Apart from my husband and Christian 🙂 It’s what I wake up thinking about and the last thing I do before I go to bed.  I have been running a singing school based from my home studio for over 14 years now and many of my students have been lucky enough to take their singing further. Some have gone overseas to make it big, others have been support act for international artists during their Australian tours.  Others are doing it because they LOVE to sing and just want to build their confidence.
Here is a clip that I wanted to share with you all….They are some of my senior students who are entering the URBANSTAR talent Quest 2012.
They are singing a snippet of the song I believe I can fly.
I hope you enjoy it!  If you like it feel free to share it on Facebook or Twitter- the more views the better chance they have of attaining the title “Most popular” 🙂 on the night.
Click below to see their clip….
 They will be competing in the UrbanStar Talent Quest at Burwood RSL on the 22nd of June 2012.  Hope to see you there!




Free Musical E-card

4 03 2012

Just choose a card, add your own message, and fill in the delivery details. Preview to make sure it’s perfect. Then hit “Send,” and your musical e-card will be on its way. Visit http://play.kindermusik.com/en/#/ecards-tab





Finding the Beat with Bobby McFerrin

3 02 2012

Do you sometimes wonder why some people don’t sound good when they sing….One of the reason may be …. NOT SINGING IN TIME!  How about trying to walk to this beat with the legendary Bobby McFerrrin…turn it up! Come get up and try it…even with the whole family! Don’t worry be happy! LOL





Baby the reader?!

12 08 2011

The most important thing you can do to help your child become a reader is to read aloud to him. Read rhymes, stories, poems—the more, the better.

Baby the Reader?!

It may seem silly to think about reading to Baby during his infancy, but by doing so, you are setting the stage for him to become an eager reader as he grows. The impressions Baby gets from early reading will greatly influence his propensity later for independent reading.

Reading to Baby in a cozy, pleasant environment creates positive associations with books and learning. Reading to Baby also aids in language development. As Baby hears language spoken to him, he internalizes the sounds which he will later use in his own speech. Younger babies will not understand what the words mean but will hear words, tones, and inflections which will eventually transfer to his own speech. Speaking in many tones and timbres stimulates an enormous amount of neural growth. By eight months many babies are even able to distinguish familiar words from unfamiliar words.

Books for Baby

Baby will enjoy looking at books with parents for many reasons. First, reading together provides a quiet time where the adult’s attention is completely focused on Baby. She will love this attention and will likely associate this positive feeling with books.

Also, Baby enjoys books because books are predictable in an often unpredictable world. Books promote a feeling of success when repeated readings result in the ability to predict what will happen.

Books are intriguing to hold and manipulate! “Young toddlers enjoy the hinge action of sturdy board books. You might see a toddler turning a page back and forth over and over again. She is creating her own ‘peek-a-boo’ experience, watching a picture appear and disappear over and over again. Sturdy cardboard pages also help the child learn to use the thumb and forefinger to turn the pages, the skill for mastering paper pages later.”

Simple Steps, by Karen Miller, p. 40.

The feathers Baby’s Book is meant to be held, looked at, and touched by Baby. The pleasure of interacting with a book gives Baby a personal experience with written language even before written symbols are understood.

Reading at Home

• Choose a favorite book to share with Baby. Cuddle together under a blanket or sit in the shade of a tree, and quietly play your Kindermusik Home CD. Make “reading time” a special time!

• Allow Baby some quiet time to explore his feathers Baby’s Book alone. Observe his interests—does he seem to like a particular page or does he like to play with the pages? Either way, his exploration time alone is invaluable.

• Make reading a ritual! End everyday with a book and a song. Cue the beginning of the bedtime reading ritual by playing “Sleep, My Little Bird” on your Home CD. Pick a book to share and gather Baby into bed. Make going to bed easier by having this special time to look forward to every evening.

• Spend time exploring your Kindermusik Banners. While you move together to look at the banners from different angles, Baby’s body and head will move, and in response, her eye muscles will strengthen. The more her eyes move, the more her eyes “learn” to work together. Later on, this “eye teaming” will enable Baby to focus, track, and concentrate as she learns to read in school.

Kindermusik Village: feathers





Rhythm of my Day Week 8

12 06 2011

 

My, how you’ve grown in these past 8 weeks, and I don’t only mean your baby!

 

As you look over these past eight weeks, it’s easy to see how much your baby has changed. But you have been changing too. You’ve learned new ways to comfort and play with your baby, danced and moved to a variety of music, and made music a part of your daily lives.

 

Our classroom has become a community, and I hope you will continue to see the new friends you’ve made. As you begin a new semester of Kindermusik you will become an even greater music educator for your child. And you and your child will continue learning more about presenting new challenges at exactly the right time—when your baby is ready.

 

Together the rhythm of our days will grow into the music of our lives. I hope to see you soon!

Please don’t forget to re enrol for our new topic Hickory Dickory tickle and Bounce.





CHILD’S PLAY LEAD TO DEEP QUESTIONS

7 06 2011

My four- year old boy hands me his palm so I can teach him to sing a traditional Filipino nursery rhyme that is very similar to “Round and round the garden.”  I had introduced it to him when he was one month of age.

Even at this age the anticipation of the tickle always brings a big smile to our faces.  The big old tickle giggle never disappoints!  That night he asked his Lola (Grandma in Tagalog) to teach him the song.  Experiences such as these melt my heart.

“I remember your Lola’s dad singing it to me when I was your age.”  I tell Christian.   Then I reminisce my childhood memories with him.  Which led to questions like “Where is Lola’s dad now? “ and “What does heaven look like?”

All these thoughts, feelings, emotions, analysis, disciplined think and attending all from a simple song.  Even at this young age a song can touch our deepest emotion and extend a range of feeling.

From this simple song we share a bond, a sense of community.

Not only does it help emotionally, cognitively but also physically.  As he circles his pointer finger on my palm he is developing his fine motor skills, hand-eye co-ordination and at the same time he is learning patterns in language.

Many people ask me “When is a good time for my child to learn music.”

I always say that even while your child is in the womb and from birth surround yourself and your baby with music.

Hans Christian Andersen sums it all up “Where words fail, music speaks”

Tap and rock your baby to the steady beat so they learn to internalize it within their bodies.  This will in turn help with the ability to walk, bounce balls, cut with scissors.

 

Here are some ways to help integrate music into your child’s life.

  • Join a structured musical learning class with your child
  • Listen to a variety of quality recorded music at home and while running errands in the car
  • Sing familiar songs or make up your own songs while you play or when working around the house.
  • Take time to listen to all the interesting sounds in your environment – imitate nature sounds while out for a walk.
  • Explore sounds with homemade instruments like pots and pans, spoons, and shakers
  • Create family music making opportunities in which everyone plays along.  Include all your talents from playing the spoons to folk instruments to gathering around the piano.
  • Dance to music from the radio, television, or any other source you enjoy.
  • Use simple props such as scarves, balls and hoops to play movement games.  Add a favourite song.
  • Make music part of your child’s bedtime routine or any routine (bathing, cooking, cleaning) – lullabies are particularly
  • Soothing and calming and provide a time for parent and child bonding.

 

The bottom line is music and dance – within a fun, loving and nurturing environment – can bring a life long happiness and warm memories in your child’s life.  What a wonderful start to life!








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