Your body is your instrument
Breath support means creating breath energy. It is the foundation for singing with power and presence.
Then you are able to shape the singing voice through hearing music imaginatively. This means hearing the melody internally with its harmony and rhythm and having a sense of the vocal line.
My years of experience as a singer, accompanist and singing teacher give me the skill to work with you individually to evaluate what you need to sing efficiently and expressively. Training the voice is like training for any demanding physical activity. It takes regular practice and a sensitivity to using yourself well without strain.
When you sing your body is the instrument. First thing is to develop support and balance from the foot soles through the legs, spine and crown of the head. Awareness of body-alignment and muscle-tone develops a pattern of breathing efficiently and without strain. Beautiful and expressive singing comes from being present and centered in your body.
Performing depends as well upon practical musicianship. Having a clear musical image in mind guides the voice. Actively hearing the phrase, feeling the rhythmic pulse and sensing the shape of words on the tongue creates a feedback loop that allows the voice to be expressive.
Physical presence and secure musicianship together are the foundation for performing successfully. Warming up the voice and tuning-in the ear is a daily practice and is one of the most satisfying parts of being a musician.
"I enjoyed our lesson and I like your approach. You have already radically altered my perception of singing."