If you are a professional singer or public speaker and you are pregnant, you have to prepare for the many side effects of pregnancy. For you, the most challenging may not be morning sickness or exhaustion, but the effects of pregnancy on the voice.

It can be challenging to find romantic songs to sing that are easy to sing. However, winning over the hearts of those you love through poetry and song is ancient and we wouldn't have a population problem if so many hearts had not been sent a patter by a good love song.

How to Sing in Tune — How Good Is Roland’s New Vocal Trainer?

My first thought looking at the new VT-12 Vocal Trainer (Roland) was that the cost was pretty steep for what I thought it was, but after having spent some significant time with it, I'd say it's worth it.

Remarkable Voices of ‘The Gift’ at Notre Dame U

For the past 27 years Michael Elkins has directed and starred in "The Gift" at Notre Dame University in Belmont, Calif. It plays for just nine shows, eight of which are free to the public. In lieu of purchasing tickets, audience members bring food and toys to be donated locally.

The Cost of Giving: Notre Dame University’s The Gift’s Production of A Christmas Carol

The Gift is created by a volunteer cast and crew. Costumes have been gathered, and kept, sets been added to over the years. This is perhaps the greatest gift of theater I have ever witnessed. But how does it work?

Alex Woodard's release, For The Sender, a combined novelette/CD composition, inspired by the letters he received relating to the loss of his beloved dog, suggests that we are all united in part, by the loss of whom we love.

His songs are both classic and current, rooted in Americana and folk, the closest modern comparisons that come to mind are Jeff Tweedy and Rufus Wainwright, with echoes of Harry Nilsson, Bob Dylan and George Harrison.

"Because Life in Full Colour was my first full-length album I had a lot of songs to choose from. I wanted the finished record to cover a range of different emotions and tempos so it would take the listener on a journey, similar to the ups and downs everyone experiences in life."  

Don Dixon has shaped many lives. Over and over, he has uncovered and helped to develop talent -- including REM, The Smithereens, The Counting Crows, Hootie and The Blowfish.

For the singer to master diaphragmatic breathing or "abdominal breathing," as well as intercostal breathing and back breathing, it is first vital to understand what the diaphragm looks like and how it functions.