Voice Coaching

I am using the term "voice coaching" broadly to include teaching singing techniques, exploring musical styles, correcting diction in several languages, enhancing individual sound, encouraging self-confidence and poise, and choosing repertoire appropriate to a student’s personality, voice type and goals.

In my studio there are children and youth who are given information to develop their singing voices correctly. There are high school students preparing for college auditions and professional and retired adults who are fulfilling a lifelong desire.

While offering exercises to aid in breath coordination and sound enhancement, I also encourage creativity and emotional expression. Students feel respected and safe in my studio environment and we spend many hours in joyful discovery of ourselves and of music.

For people seeking to improve their speaking voice, some of the same exercises used for teaching singing may apply to speech development. I am not a speech pathologist. I am only concerned in the technique of personal sound; why a person’s voice sounds the way it does and if they desire, I help them find ways to sound more appealing. By appealing I mean, helping them find their natural sound and encouraging confidence in that sound through breath "support" and vowel "placement."

Singing and speech lessons are fun and safe because I love to share what I know and I love to learn as I go. However, the work can only be successful if a student practices and applies the techniques daily.