As a result of the many hours of my own vocal training and the training of others, my approach to teaching simplifies the vocabulary and understanding of vocal production. Over the years, one thing became apparent to me, the less information a person has to process to develop their instrument, the better.
So, what does that mean in terms of teaching voice? For most, the standard approach is to diagnose the singer/speaker's problems and correct them with lengthy explanations and directions to manipulate the physiological activities occurring while producing sound. Although often correctly described, the emphasis of technical instruction and diagrams can create more confusion than clarity, to the point where it feels like one almost needs a degree in speech therapy to learn how to sing.
Understandably, knowledge of the physiology of the voice is vital for the voice teacher/coach, but it can become overwhelming for the singer who simply wants to improve their technique and develop a stronger, more reliable voice. We are certainly fortunate to live in an age where medical science can show the inner mechanics of the larynx and its attendant muscle movements in great detail, but in the end, that movement is largely produced by long-term memory and habits.
THE VOCAL WORKOUT
Instead, I approach vocal production from the standpoint of retraining the movement and habits through simple, straightforward vocal exercises, much the same way you would train your body for athletic strength, endurance, and flexibility. This also gives the singer better connection with their body, which seamlessly integrates emotion and expression.
This way, the singer will approach vocal exercises in the same manner as endurance training at the gym, by moving, stretching and strengthening the muscles. The key difference here is simply that this athletic activity is smaller (and of course involves musical expression). However, when vocal exercises are approached as a type of workout for the body, and practiced regularly, the singer can expect measurable results.
YOU CAN IMPROVE YOUR SINGING
As long as your vocal cords are healthy and undamaged, you can learn to improve your singing voice. The training of the singing voice is strongly rooted in the ability to speak, so for most, if the speaking voice is in good shape, one can make measurable improvements.
As a long-time performer, musician and teacher, I see music making as a calling and artistic endeavor. I do enjoy helping others move forward to achieve their goals, whether grand or modest. Whether you are an aspiring performer or just love to sing, let us take this journey together.