Being a teacher has taught me how to sing. My passion for teaching grew out of my struggle to improve my own singing. Having a singing technique is just a way of saying we have some knowledge of how to consistently—and healthily—produce the kind of sound we want to make.
How I Teach
My understanding of technique comes more from what I feel in my body than what I hear in sound. As a teacher, however, my job is to hear what the student is doing, work out any desirable adjustments, and then help them feel and understand what they’re doing.
Experience as a Singing Teacher
I’ve been singing professionally for more than 40 years, and have taught for more than 30 of those years. I’ve learned on the anvil of my own body, experiencing the joy of good singing, the disappointment of the voice breaking down, and the wisdom of figuring out how to get it back again.
Great singing of all styles is thrilling. When a singer is working with a free voice and their mind is in tune with their heart, it’s exciting no matter what they’re singing. As a teacher, it’s very rewarding to be able to help singers, whether professionals or beginners, find freedom and agility by releasing physical constraints, and become more expressive by developing the full resonant capability of their voices.