Singing is different from studying any other instrument in many ways, the most obvious being that each voice is completely unique. Many people (students and teachers alike) have pre-conceived notions of what a student's voice should sound like. It is my belief that when a student invests in a process of discovering their own unique sound and musical sensibility they begin the path of realizing their full potential. This discovery process is achieved through technique: learning to sing with optimum resonance, airflow, release and articulation to create the most present, acoustically sensitive sound for the least amount of 'work'. Once the voice is lined up properly, a student's true sound begins to emerge, range increases, vocal and stylistic versatility are heightened.
Technique is the foundation of all artistic disciplines; it is what allows for the translation of thoughts and feelings directly into expression. Vocal technique often eludes students (and teachers) because you cannot actually see the voice. As a vocal technician, it is my job to assess the technical obstacles for each student, provide tools to fix them, and reflect back positive adjustments so that the student is able to associate their personal sensations and images with efficient vocal production. In doing this I develop a language with each individual student—for just as each student's voice is unique, so is their process. This collaboration also helps the student to take control of their own practicing and technical growth.
Our minds are powerful and tend to over-analyze and judge everything we do. I help students learn to observe objectively and rely on sensations of the body, without placing values such as 'right' and 'wrong', 'good' and 'bad'. Allowing the body to learn—freed from the interference of a critical mind—is often difficult, but greatly rewarding. Students who embrace this increase the speed of their technical progress, free their expressive capabilities, and experience less anxiety in audition and performance situations.
There is much more to auditioning and performing than solid vocal technique. As a coach, it is important to understand the specific expectations of casting directors, agents, training programs and audiences in any given genre or circumstance. The expectations vary greatly, yet whether auditioning for a Broadway show, band or college training program, or preparing for a gig or recording project, creating an honest and unique performance is always essential. I share my knowledge of the music and theater industries with my students, helping them to choose the best material, develop musical and dramatic choices, and to gain a sense of confidence in their interpretation. Because it is my goal to help my students achieve their professional aspirations, I also address such topics as audition etiquette, resumes/headshots, image/presentation, networking and self-promotion, and career choices.
Each student comes to me with a unique voice, background, goals and interests—therefore lessons are structured to meet the specific needs of the individual. In return I ask that my students approach our work together with an open mind and willingness to invest in a process. Although break-throughs are both common and exciting, technique is achieved through mindful practice over a period of time.
Although members of my vocal studio serve to benefit from my knowledge of the entertainment industry, if you are interested solely in coaching, please indicate this when you first contact me. Vocal coaching does not focus on technique, but in finding and performing suitable repertoire. Whether you are trying to build your book or you are preparing for a specific audition or performance, we will work on both musical and dramatic elements that create a unique and believable performance.