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Performance Preparation Workshop

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Do you suffer from Performance Anxiety? Do you feel that you are never at the top of your game when you need to perform? Would you like some expert input into your voice and performance skills? Are you too afraid to even try to get up and sing in front of other people? Or do you just need some “polishing up”?

This Workshop will provide you with proven and effective tools to apply to performance preparation to assist you to become bolder and to perform with more confidence. Dale Cox has taught these success skills to students over the last 16 years and students have become regular gig performers, recording artists, musical theatre performers, choir soloists, concert performers both here in Australia and in the UK, USA and Europe. What are you waiting for? Come along and learn from Dale’s extensive experience and research.

The Masterclass section is open to both those who want help with Performance Practice and those who wish to have a little polish added to their voice. Each performer will get approximately 15 minutes working with Dale one in one in front of the group. Dale’s expertise combined with her warmth and passion for great singing will leave you wanting to see and hear more. This is an exciting opportunity to work with one of Brisbane’s best Contemporary Voice Teachers and learn from both your experience, and from other singers.

Date: Sunday 7th June

Time: 1.30pm – 4.30pm

Where: Upper Kedron Hall, 78 Cedar Creek Rd, Upper Kedron

Cost:

  • $50 per workshop participant, includes afternoon tea and workshop materials, plus observation of masterclasses
  • $75 per masterclass and workshop participant, includes afternoon tea, workshop materials and participation in masterclass with Dale Cox.

Belt – some thoughts

I love teaching belt and in my studio I have yet to find a student who cannot access this part of their voice. However, generating a strong, supported, energised belt which is not going to tire out your voice takes care. Having a lower register dominant belt which can change into a strong mixed sound before transitioning into upper register or head voice takes skill. Managing the breath for these transitions takes practice and understanding. And time. So often we want our voice to just work, first time, every time. For some students, this does happen.For others patience and time and working slowly and carefully week in and week out is the way this happens. this week I taught a wonderful belter. Her voice, when she came to me, was too big. ‘How can a belt be too big? Isn’t that what you want?” I hear those with smaller voices cry out in despair! But a big, throaty, heavy belt can be (and in this case, it was) very damaging. We have been working on voice fundamentals, breath, and how much (or in her case, how little) is required. How and where to support (and no, the answer was not those bulging neck muscles!) the sound. And, I wish I could say all of a sudden, but it wasn’t, it was over a couple of months, this student “got it”. It feels like magic, but in fact has been a steady collection of new, refined muscle co-ordinations. She has a big voice, still. But also, a small controlled sound, and more expressive choices. She has a big audition this weekend, and my fingers and toes are crossed. The panel will not know how hard she has worked to get such control, and such beauty, as well as the magnificent enormous sound she can create. But they will hear a voice which is healthy, can survive the show’s run, is disciplined and reliable. And that, my friends, is why I do what I do. Everyday. Come and join the studio and learn how to find the best of your voice!

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