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Writing: Articles and Columns | Fran Vincent

Writing: Articles and Columns

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InTune Magazine

Electronic Musician

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College Corner: Joining the March. InTune Magazine, February 2010

Students active in their high school marching programs are often keen to continue their participation at the college level. Many opportunities exist within the university marching band for both music majors and non-majors, from playing a traditional marching instrument to working with new music technologies.

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College Corner: Studying Music Technology. InTune Magazine, December 2009

Music technology is a fast-growing field both in and outside the college classroom. Most university music programs now incorporate some form of technology into the curriculum, and because the industry is constantly updating and imporving its products, there’s always plenty to learn.

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College Corner: Majoring in Performance. InTune Magazine, November 2009

The study of instrumental and vocal performance is among the longest established forms of higher music education. And while this type of intensive training comes largely out of a classical tradition, music schools today offer opportunities for musicians of all genres and instruments. Performance degrees are available at conservatories and at schools of music within larger universities, both private and public. (Read the whole column.)

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Studying Music at the College Level. InTune Magazine, October 2009

I’m quoted in this issue of InTune, which goes to high school music students and their teachers nationwide, and featured their annual big college music story. I had the opportunity to contribute a sidebar introducing the new column “College Corner.” Story written by Debbie Galante Block, with sidebar written by me.


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Top 5 Vocal Health Tips. InTune Magazine, May 2008

To meet the intense physical demands of singing on American Idol, contestants must keep their voices in tip top shape. AI vocal coach Debra Byrd walks us through some of her top tips for keeping your voice stage ready and fabulous. (Read the full story.)


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Teach Yourself to Sing! InTune Magazine, March 2006

To be a great singer, you need more than technique and talent: You need confidence. Fran Vincent offers some ideas for getting your inner singer “out of the shower and into the spotlight. You’re a superstar, a singer beyond compare. Your fans clamor to the front, eager to be drawn in by your lush melodic voice, and rumbling vibrato. A few even faint at your feet, overwhelmed by your unmatchable style and stirring interpretation. You are at home on the stage: calm, unshakeable, perfectly pitched, and “in the zone.” But then the steam clears… (Read the full story.)


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Say Hallelujah to Gospel! InTune Magazine, February 2006

American gospel music shares its roots with blues and country, but has unparalleled passion. It has influenced rock, R&B, country, pop and jazz. Fran Vincent tells us about its history, its stars, and its future.

Born of the spiritual sung during the times of slavery, gospel holds a special place in the American music scene and has many branches and variations. Gospel music has influenced some of America’s biggest musical artists from Aretha Franklin and Elvis Presley, to Ray Charles, Mary J. Blige… (Read more.)


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Call & Response — InTune Magazine, January 2006

Call and Response Techniques: Musicians have been “talking” with sound for thousands of years. Fran Vincent shows how you can get in on the conversation.

It’s the last number of the night, and the band is cooking. This is everybody’s chance to show off one last time. Suddenly, the drummer stops, and the sax player steps forward and starts to wail on a short, strong phrase. He stops, and the guitarist steps up, ripping out a hot lick… (Read more.)


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Q&A: Anne Cecere – Electronic Musician, September 2008

Anne Cecere, BMI’s Associate Director of Film/TV Relations, reveals the nuts and bolts of music licensing for film and television, from researching the TV shows you should target, to contacting music supervisors. (Get the scoop.)


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Q&A: Marilyn Bergman – Electronic Musician, November 2008

Fran Vincent interviews Oscar-winning composer and ASCAP President Marilyn Bergman on the organization’s Bill of Rights for Songwriters and Composers. (Read more.)


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Inside a MySpace Success Story: Q&A with artist Ingrid Michaelson.

Her music has been featured on Grey’s Anatomy and recently the Old Navy “sweater” commercial. She tells Fran Vincent how Myspace.com helped her find success.


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Copyrights & Wrongs – Electronic Musician, January 2007

Electronic Musician‘s column on copyright basics for musicians looks at what you need to do to protect your songs and instrumental compositions. (Read the whole article.)


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Show Me Your License – Electronic Musician, September 2006

Welcome to the world of music licensing. Although there are dozens of types of music licenses and possible scenarios, understanding a few of the major concepts and how to secure or grant a license helps protect you and your compositions. (Read more.)


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No Spam, No Foul – Electronic Musician, June 2006

Email is one of the most inexpensive ways to promote yourself or your band. When done respectfully, legally, and with consideration to your audience, it will help you build your image, as well as a fan base that looks forward to finding out about your performances and recordings. (Read more.)


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Printed Song Goes Digital – Jazz Improv, January 2006

The Printed Song Goes Digital: Sunhawk.com Offers Digital Sheet Music and Innovative Features to Musicians of All Levels. Learn How to Use New Technologies to Your Advantage.

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