Do you need to speak for your living and struggle with keeping your voice in good condition?
Are you a singer and want to make sure your technique is safe?
Has your voice gone through lots of changes and you are not sure how to manage the transition?
Vocal coaching can help with however you use your voice.
The voice goes through many changes in its development. When we are children our anatomy is not only smaller but different than when we are adults. And the voice then changes as we grow older. Often children can sing higher, than when they are adults, reaching high decibels. Then most noticeably boys go through a major change in their voices. Females also go through many changes vocally. These voice changes need careful navigation through the physical, emotional
and social implications. Many boys stop singing due to shyness and feeling ridiculed about their voice. The voice change can take a matter of months, to a decade for some.
Maximise your vocal talents.
With tailored vocal coaching, those that have music as their passion can continue singing, music making and navigating this journey, rather than abruptly stop something that brings so much enjoyment and fun. With my coaching I use training from the Estill Model that sees the voice as a muscle that can be trained to produce the sound desired. Helping you master your voice by understanding your anatomy.
Top Tips for Singer’s and Speaker’s Vocal Health
- Know your limits.
Don’t sing too high or too low. Don’t sing to the point of vocal fatigue. Never strain or push your voice. Doing so will not result in a higher or lower singing range, or a stronger voice, only a voice that has suffered undue stress.
- Never sing if it hurts to swallow.
- Three things. Water. Water. Water.
Drink room temperature water as often as you can to keep your voice organ hydrated. If you only have cold or hot water available, swish it around in your mouth for a moment. This action will keep your voice organ from being startled or stressed by different temperatures.
Be sure to get plenty of both! If you are tired, your voice will show it. A tired body/instrument will not allow you to produce your best possible sound.
What is Estill teaching?
The system was established in 1988 by American singing voice specialist Jo Estill.
Estill Voice Training (often abbreviated EVT) is a programme for developing vocal skills based on analysing the process of vocal production into control of specific structures in the vocal mechanism. By acquiring the ability to consciously move each structure the potential for controlled change of voice quality is increased.
British speech and language therapist Sara Harris writes: “The work allows singing/voice teachers, voice coaches, and speech and language therapists to identify and resolve specific vocal problems that have resulted in fatigue or damage to the vocal folds. Many of the manoeuvers are already familiar to speech therapists as they have been adapte from traditional techniques but synthesized into an extremely creative system. The application of the system to dysphonic patients produces excellent results and the therapist will gain great confidence in their own voice use having mastered the manoeuvres and qualities themselves.”
— Sara Harris
The Voice Clinic Handbook, Speech Therapy for Dysphonia pp 171–172
My training in Estill is with http://www.thevoiceexplained.com/
- Estill for Children and Changing Voices – March 2017
- Tongue Taming – March 2016
- Estill for SIngingTeacher – April 2015
- Level One in the Estill – October 2019
- Level Two in the Estill – November 2019