The Performing Arts Medicine Association Symposium 2016

On my masters course in Performing Arts Medicine (PAM) we learned a lot about the impact of the performer’s health on their art and vice versa. I discovered that there are medical and health professionals out there who really care about performers and their health. Unfortunately it’s not that common. There are people working to change this, and […]

When to Seek Medical Advice and Who To See

Here is some guidance for when to seek medical advice. Watch more great top tips from the rest of the V team on the Vocalzone Channel

How to transpose a song into your key

You know you don’t need to be a music theory buff to be able to change the key of your songs. In this post is a link below to a PDF cheat sheet to make the job easier. If you have sheet music or a chord chart and want to sing the song in a higher […]

Touring and the singer

Not so long ago I received an email from a singer by the name of Vanessa Murray. She was gathering information to help her with her MA dissertation on the topic of how touring affects the voice. I thought you might find this information of use too so have published the answers I gave her […]

Did you know not all doctors are equal when it comes to the singing voice?

It’s seems more and more singers are developing voice problems as they embark on their singing careers. Several recent famous examples include Adele, Sam Smith, Jess Glynne and John Mayer. In this video Dr Steven Zeitels talks about surgery like Adele’s and the use of voice in the modern day. Unlike the elite singer most of […]

Great talent is not equal to success

It’s growth mindset and grit. And science concurs. Whilst I haven’t got my own stats on this, I can certain vouch for these predictors antidotally. When I look at the success of my students and clients over the years I’ve taught, whether related to developing their voices, overcoming poor singing habits, gaining stage confidence or […]

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Do professional singers in contemporary music need vocal technique?

Over the years I’ve been teaching and working in the music industry I have never really got to the bottom of why, as a whole, contemporary singers don’t think they need voice training. That is until it’s almost too late, the damage is done, the tour cancelled, gig lost, money rescinded and confidence has plummeted […]

Top 10 essential teaching resources for the new singing teacher

If you are just starting out as a singing teacher and wondering what gear and resources you need then here is my recommended top 10 list. On the Be A Singing Teacher course we discuss and look at bits of equipment as well as how to successfully find students and market your teaching studio. Just like […]

Masters dissertation finally done!

So, here it is for better or worse my master’s dissertation entitled: An investigation of the laryngeal mechanism during vocal register transition in female vocalists.  Has it been worth it? Well one thing for sure is I don’t feel so bad about not knowing as much as I thought I should about the voice. Even the […]