Did you enjoy singing as a child or student, but now find your voice is croaky when you sing along with that CD? Do you sing in a choir and need to improve your breathing, or get up the courage to take a solo? Have you always fancied doing vocals in a band, or auditioning for the local musical theatre production, or do you just want to feel less embarrassed with your mates at the Karaoke? Have you never sung a note before, but think singing might help strengthen your voice for workplace speaking challenges? All of these are reasons given by my clients over the years.
Whatever your reason, lessons will help and it’s never too late to start. Our clients find that a one-to-one lesson gives them something they can’t find anywhere else. No worries about whether you’re going to get home in time for a lesson with a local teacher. No family demands to juggle. Some basic technique (and a bit of practice!) will make a huge difference to your breathing, tone, range and confidence. There are gyms, restaurants, bars and shops near your office, but what about feeding your soul? Go back to your desk feeling revitalised!
As a singer, it’s so easy to get caught up in technique and practice and begin to forget why your doing it… It’s important to remember that the voice is a tool for expressing something, and vocal coaching is a wonderful way of spending an hour forgetting about technique and just enjoying singing for what it is.
Vocal coaching isn’t just about singing. Many people have a fear of speaking in public. This can range from wedding speeches to giving presentations at work to chairing a meeting. In any of these situations, the fear of not speaking well, sounding boring, stuttering or sounding nervous can affect both what is being said and how we speak. This affects both men and women alike, and as presentations are now commonplace in most working environments, the need to speak with confidence and authority is necessary.
Fortunately, nearly everyone can learn how to speak with confidence. The use of body language, eye contact and direct address are all essential keys to effective public speaking but the crucial, single factor is the voice.