Day 7: In Which We Learn Diction in Our Pajamas
Today was Pajama Day.
I've been looking for an excuse to wear my owl slippers in public for a very long time.
Today the preteens and teens enjoyed a masterclass from special guest star Claudia Benack, a musical theatre voice instructor at Carnegie Mellon University.
Claudia Benack examines the comfiness of a chair.
Besides impressing the students with the fact that she had coached famous Broadway actors, Benack led each group in warm-ups and then listened to volunteers sing audition cuts.
Preteens singing vocal warmups
After each volunteer sang their song, Benack gave both praise and constructive criticism, such as praising a sense of pitch and energy then suggesting ways to "shape" the song. Afterward, the student was asked to sing the song a second time. Each time showed noticeable vocal awareness and improve