San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of NATS
Perfect Preparation: Practice with a Purpose
with Ruth Rainero
Strategies for learning music efficiently, in order to streamline practice sessions and make the best use of precious practice time.
Sunday, April 10, 1pm-4pm
Musically Minded Academy
Many singers – regardless of age, education, or innate vocal or musical aptitude—need assistance in developing practice strategies to learn music efficiently and effectively. This workshop is based on an article written by Ms. Rainero, Practicing Vocal Music Efficiently and Effectively: Applying “Deliberate Practice” to a New Piece of Music, published in Volume 69 No. 2 of the NATS Journal of Singing.In a masterclass setting, singers will learn and implement a number of strategies that can be applied to any vocal work.
“Ruth provided clear, fun tools for efficient and effective learning; my vocal pedagogy students were especially excited and inspired! Since the workshop at HNU, my students have been applying the tools with great success. Ruth is a master teacher – I give her my highest recommendation.” –Eric Howe
Ruth Rainero received her Masters in Voice and Voice Pedagogy from the Royal Conservatory of The Hague and resided in The Netherlands for many years before returning to the United States. Her areas of expertise range from early baroque to contemporary music, and she performed throughout Europe at various international festivals and with a wide range of ensembles. In Europe and the United States, Ms Rainero performed under the direction of conductors ranging from Philippe Herreweghe, Niklaus Harnoncourt and Nicholas McGegan to Steve Reich and Reinbert de Leeuw. Ms. Rainero speaks five languages, sings in five more and has been teaching singing—first in Amsterdam and then San Francisco—for thirty years. She travels regularly to New York City to teach a select group of professional singers.
In addition to her classical voice studio, Ruth receives referrals from laryngologists of both singers and non-singers suffering from muscle tension dysphonia and other voice disorders. Ms. Rainero often gives presentations and master classes at international voice conferences, including the Pan European Voice Conference IV, 2002 (Stockholm), the International Voice Symposium 2003 (Salzburg), the Physiology and Acoustics of Singing Conference 2004 (Denver), the Pacific Voice Conference/Pixar “Emotions and the Voice”, 2004 (Pixar studios, Emeryville), the UCSF Voice Conference, 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2011 (San Francisco), and the Pacific Voice Conference, 2015 (Santa Clara University.) Before devoting herself exclusively to her private studio, Ms. Rainero was on the faculty at the American Conservatory Theater (ACT) in San Francisco, the University of California at Davis and Skyline College in San Bruno. Her article, Practicing Vocal Music Efficiently and Effectively: Applying “Deliberate Practice” to a New Piece of Music, appeared in the Nov/Dec 2012 volume of the Journal of Singing.