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Singing Lessons, Masterclasses and Workshops!

fireworksI am so excited about being back to work today (13th January) and I have some exciting events planned for 2014. As well as my mid year and end of year Showcases, I am planning some Masterclasses. I am looking forward to working in small groups (about 10 people) on Sunday afternoons on a semi regular basis. These afternoons will be open to anyone, not just my vocal students, so if you are interested in having a second opinion or a Contemporary / Music Theatre teacher’s perspective on your singing, and hints as to how to engage in safe and strong contemporary voice, feel free to contact me.  2nd March is pencilled in as the first date! I also will be running a Performance Anxiety workshop  – not how to get it but how to get over it! This will be later in the year and have a Masterclass component and lecture / workshopping. I have run these in the past and they have been responsible for quite a  few singers out there getting over their nerves! Welcome to 2014! Come and join the song!

Young voices need care!

teenager signingI teach lots of growing teenage voices in my studio. Teenagers singers require special care because they are still growing and developing. Female larynxes are considered mature at around 23, male at around 25, so how do you teach a flexible, growing instrument? With care. What are warning signs that a teenage voice may be struggling? I often hear students who mimic adult sounds – they are very clever and may sound strong, but in fact are often placing way too much pressure on their instruments via air pressure, or external musculature (tongue, neck etc). Developing a healthy, balanced teenage voice will lead to a healthy adult voice with longevity. Teenagers who sing with unhealthy mannerisms often develop large problems later on which become extremely difficult to deal with when they are older. They often give up singing because their once flexible voice becomes an inflexible tight, painful instrument. If you have a teenager who sounds like a 30 year old, get a teacher to listen to that voice! They probably have a quite wonderful voice hiding away – but it might sound a little bit different!

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