Since 1999 I have been working with students from all walks of life from the professional singer to the complete tone challenged beginner. The goal of voice lessons is a healthy, strong and free voice, a voice that has many vocal colors and options. Good singing requires the free and easy ability to make sound without any sence of strain, especially high notes. The vocal technique that I teach emphasizes breath support, resonance and relaxation of throat constrictor muscles for vocal ease, power, beauty and expressiveness. Learn to sing with your entire body so that there is no longer any strain in your throat. My experience has proven that if you can speak then you can sing--even if you've been told that you can't!
Who Benefits From Voice Lessons?
Anyone who is looking to improve the quality, range and strength of their singing or speaking voice while reducing vocal tension and voice fatique. For example:
Singers of any level, age or style who seek to improve breath support, diction, range, timbre, and ease of singing from the professional pop, opera, country, classical or rock singer to the complete beginner. People who use their speaking voices in careers such as voice-over artists, actors, teachers, therapists and politicians and need greater endurance and vocal skill. In addition I help people who feel that they "can't" sing. In my studio many tone challenged people have emerged into vocal talents. I work with children age 12 and up, younger children who are singing or acting professionally, teenagers, adults, seniors, song writers, aspiring singers and professionals.
What is Taught
Posture and alignment
Breath support and control
Customized vocal exersises
vocal colors and options
Tongue, jaw, larynx and throat relaxation
Open throat - a free larynx, for improved resonance
Diction, agility and articulation
Vocal dynamics and control
Singing choices depending on style
Development and blending of vocal registers
Musicality and basic musicianship
AND Most Importantly---Believing in yourself!
Singing lessons are fun, non-judgmental and creative. I endeavor to impart a basic understanding of how the voice functions. The voice and the body as it relates to singing is no mystery, but instead a wonderful discovery! The goal is always to be sensitive to the needs and learning styles of the student. The mind-spirit and body connection is paramount.
Not all Voice Teachers are Created Equal!
When looking for a voice teacher it is important to find out if he or she has had training in vocal pedagogy. If not this teacher will only be able to understand her/his own voice, but not how the voice functions within the human body. Voices, vocal issues and strengths vary from person to person. Vocal pedagogy, which is professional level course work in vocal anatomy, vocal physiology, developmental repertoire, alexander technique, vocal health issues and acoustics of the vocal tract is an essential prerequisite needed to become an effective singing teacher. Yes it's true that there is an art to teaching that can't be taught, however intuition, performing experience, personality and empathy (while vital) is not the complete package for being a great voice teacher.
In addition to sixteen years experience in teaching all levels, ages and styles of voice as well as being a seasoned performer, I have also had extensive training in all aspects of vocal pedagogy, and I have effectively and dramatically improved the voices of people with voice damage to the gifted opera or pop star.