We’re moving (across Cyberspace)!

    June 28, 2015

    My dearest, sweet MAB LIBS readers, I have good news and bad news. Everyone always wants the bad news first, so here goes … I’m retiring this blog address. I didn’t intend to, but I was updating my personal website, and it seemed like a good idea to merge the two, so I did. I’ve moved all of my posts and pages from here to there. It’s kind of like an across-town move: I’m still nearby. The good news … We can still…

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  • Rose Hilton, The Singing Lesson, 1931.
    music teaching writing

    Why I Choose to Teach (Part 1)

    Although my last name is likely derived from Brotbäcker (German for “bread baker”), the family profession is no longer baking—it is education. My father was a teacher and school superintendent before becoming a university…

    May 13, 2015
  • The best defense is a good offense.

    Cold season: The struggle is real

    Your vocals are sick, but not in a good way because it’s cold season. Not to worry — I’ve got you covered. Here’s to vocal hygiene. Read on. 1. Hydrate. Proper hydration is the most…

    February 17, 2015
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    Bel Canto / Can Belto

    Read all about the groundbreaking Oberlin Vocal Symposium I took part in earlier this year–just click on the photo. Love!…

    October 25, 2014
  • personal

    Long time, no blog

    Friends! I’ll make this quick because I’m typing in bed, and I can’t use my power adapter because Stanley thinks it’s a cat toy. We don’t have a lot of time. It’s August, and…

    August 7, 2014
  • gerbs personal

    Be interesting again.

    I may be going through my quarter-life crisis. After 10 years of tunnel-vision determination to get into dental school, I’m here… and I’m struggling with how to keep going. I have wanted to be…

    March 25, 2014
  • Up my nose with a rubber hose. Literally. It's a stroboscope.

    Nerd alert

    A few weeks ago I attended Oberlin Conservatory’s Symposium for Voice Performance Pedagogy. It was nerdy and magical, and I loved every second of it. I had the opportunity to participate in a master…

    February 19, 2014
  • Spring!
    music news

    Grad School: Part Deux

    The difference a year can make is astounding. Around this time last year, I started thinking about going back to school for a music therapy certification. Today, I was accepted into the Master of…

    February 19, 2014
  • culture movies & music

    They get me every time

    Sometimes, you just need a good cry. These are the scenes that get me every, single time. The final scene of Driving Miss Daisy when he gives her that first bite of pie. Jennifer Holliday…

    February 6, 2014