What I Teach

Here are just some of the priorities I cover when training singers:

  • fixing your vocal “break”
  • singing high notes with power and less strain
  • healthy belting/ mix voice technique
  • breath management and stamina
  • song application
  • vocal re-balancing
  • build vocal agility, riffs and runs
  • vocal stylizing skills
  • voice care strategies/injury prevention
  • singing rehab exercises for singers with injury cleared to sing again
  • lessons I offer are for ages 12 and up

Vocal Technique

When it comes to vocal technique, I have taken what I have learned from the study of 17th and 18th century principles of vocal pedagogybel canto which means “beautiful singing” – modernized it for what is required of singers in our world today, and the results are fantastic! Every style of singing is so different and understanding how to navigate through those different nuances as a singer can be challenging. Having the right ‘home-base’ tools will help support you so that you are able to sing powerfully and prevent vocal injury AND still sing in the genre of your choice. I can also give you some advice on what repertoire would be suitable for your voice and what your range and vocal possibilities could be.

The philosophy of the technique that I teach is to train voices to sing in a free and natural manner, smoothly, from the bottom of the range to the top with no breaks or sudden changes in quality. Training in this technique gives the singer access to all dynamics, with tonal clarity and flexibility. Also, training in this technique helps improve a singer’s range, endurance, stamina, breath management, resonance, vocal strength and vocal quality across all styles of music without fatigue or damage to the voice. These results are accomplished by training the singer to find a balance between airflow and intrinsic muscular resistance, all within a resting laryngeal posture. In other words, singing should be effortless and powerful, but without strain. Your singing should be natural and free with an expressive quality. There should be an evenness to your tone from bottom to top. So the technique you train in will help you to achieve vocal balance from the bottom of your range to the top and even expand your range.

Lesson Format

Each lesson is catered to what your needs are as a vocalist.  In your first session with me, it is so important for us to assess the voice.  I will ask you a few questions to get an idea of what you are looking to achieve vocally.  But I will also ask you to sing a scale so I can hear your voice as it is.

Step 1: Assessment:  I assess your voice and see what direction we need to take you in for training.

Step 2: Vocal Warm-up:  Vocal warm-ups best suited for your voice, including SOVT work.

Step 3:  Vocal Development:  We then will focus on balancing your voice by giving you specific technical tools, vowel consonant combinations and scales. Working on your “mix” voice and transition to higher notes.  Expanding your range. etc. This is all in the technique portion of the lesson.

Step 4: Application:  During the later part of the lesson, we look at song phrases and apply technical tools to help you sing your songs better.  Need help choosing repertoire, I can give you suggestions.  Always best to start with songs you LOVE to sing, or if you are a songwriter, bring in your songs!

Performance and styling:  Once you get to a certain level with your proficiency as a singer, and you have been practicing your vocal technique, the focus then becomes about performance.  How can you keep your balance as your head out on stage to perform.  How can you maintain your voice for a long tour etc.

Other Areas I Cover:

Here are some other areas I can cover in your sessions, depending on what your goals are:

Vocal Wellness

  • tips on how to keep your voice in good shape
  • referral and liaison with local voice therapist or local Laryngoloists
  • exercises designed for voice maintenance
  • rehab exercises for singers who have had vocal injury and are cleared to sing again

Tour Prep for Singers

  • currently on touring or gigging or performing frequently
  • have experienced vocal fatigue or any vocal health issues
  • need to ‘tweak’ their vocal technique for their performances
  • set list consulting
  • voice care consulting

Audition Prep

  • song selection consultations
  • vocal technique training
  • application to song
  • performance technique training

Recording Artist Development

  • songwriting consulting
  • vocal arranging consulting
  • vocal performance coaching (for stage and recording)
  • musicianship training
  • music career advising

Voice Instructor Mentoring

  • vocal pedagogy studies
  • education and curriculum coaching
  • wellness for voice instructors
  • consulting for their own clients