Singing is an incredibly rich discipline. The practice of singing integrates physical, emotional and intellectual experience. The power of the voice can move and inspire listeners with tremendous visceral impact. There is an infinite variety of musical styles and repertoire for the singer to explore.
Singing is also an open-ended discipline. It takes time and perseverance to master the essentials, but once this has been achieved it becomes clear that the potential for growth and deeper mastery is limitless.
Like all paths to mastery, at the heart of singing practice is daily engagement with the creative and learning process. My approach to vocal technique therefore focuses on the process of singing - the activities involved in both expression and developing coordination - rather than the product - the sounds and sensations that result from these activities.
This is what distinguishes my approach from historical and traditional vocal pedagogies. Rather than relying on imitation, imagery, or manipulating the voice to elicit particular sounds, I employ a comprehensive method applicable throughout the range that trains the movements that create singing and can respond spontaneously to communicative impulses. The goal is a well-coordinated instrument that responds reflexively to your dramatic and musical ideas, freeing you to express yourself without having to “work your technique” in performance.
Progress in vocal technique need not be a mysterious thing. It’s important for you to have a pragmatic view of your current strengths and needs, as well as how these needs will be addressed. The language that I use to teach technique is grounded in anatomy and physiology rather than imagery because I want you to understand how your own technique works and how to troubleshoot when things aren’t going as well as you’d like them to. Confidence in your own technique provides the confidence you need to take creative risks. It’s also the best cure for performance anxiety.
Excellent vocal technique can be significantly enhanced by a body that breathes and moves efficiently. I offer fitness sessions and classes as a means to assess and optimize alignment, stamina, and movement, all of which are vital to a singer’s success but cannot be addressed adequately in the voice studio.
My approach to vocal technique works beautifully for all styles of singing and for all levels of skill. If you are committed to excellence and appreciate that the study of singing is a process to be engaged rather than a series of milestones to be achieved, you will thrive in my studio.