The Human Voice

The Human Voice from the Discovery program on BBC radio

Posted on Categories: Communication, Education, Singing teacher, Vocal Science

A fantastic BBC World Radio piece on the voice, featuring leading voice scientists such as Dr Ingo Titze and Professor Johan Sundberg and more explaining how the voice works. Find out how vowels are formed, what happens when a boy’s voice breaks, how the vocal folds vibrate, why humans have a descended larynx, what makes our voice unique […]

Vocal care dos and dont's

Vocal care DOs and DON’Ts

Posted on Categories: General Health, Singers, Singing, Slider, Top Tips, Vocal Health

Good vocal care is not rocket science. Some simple and practical adjustments and considerations will ensure your voice stays in good form for the hard work you put it through when you sing. Here is my Do’s and Don’ts list for good vocal care. DO + Keep well-hydrated 1-1.5l/day. More if energy output increases or […]

Temporomandibular joint dysfunction

OMG it’s TMJD! Temporomandibular Joint Disorder and the singer

Posted on Categories: General Health, Performing Arts Medicine, Singing, Slider, Vocal Health

I  recently had a question from a teacher who was concerned one of her students had Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJD) as her jaw clicks and dislocates when she sings on an AH sound. These symptoms could be due to TMJD as common symptoms are jaw joint clicking, pain, joint locking and/or limited movement of the joint. […]

Tips to deal with stage fright

6 strategies to overcome stage fright aka performance anxiety

Posted on Categories: Performance anxiety, Performance Skills, Performing Arts Medicine, Singing, Slider, Top Tips

Have you ever found yourself in front of an audience with your knees shaking and sweat trickling down your temple? Maybe you want to throw up, or suddenly there’s not enough air in the room. You may feel like your mouth is as dry as a sandy desert and your voice, normally controlled and strong […]

UCL MSc PAM

A masters in Performing Arts Medicine!

Posted on Categories: Education, Performing Arts Medicine

So guess what? I am back studying again, an MSc in Performing Arts Medicine at UCL. I’m very excited about this course. I feel like it’s been created just for me!  Performing Arts Medicine is the equivalent of sports medicine for performing artists. As I am discovering this subject encompasses a very wide spectrum of Performing Arts, […]

sing in tune

Sing and See: How to improve your intonation (pitch) and vocal tone

Posted on Categories: Education, Learning Strategies, Practice techniques, Singing, Technology, Vocal techniques

My students and I have been having fun exploring vocal intonation recently with a computer programme called Sing and See.  We’ve also noticed a marked improvement in tone and pitching when using this nifty bit of software. This revolutionary software that gives real-time feedback when singing! The software SHOWS your precise pitch and vocal timbre as […]

BobbyMcFerrin a great example of vocal expertise

How to become an expert solo vocalist like Bobby McFerrin.

Posted on Categories: Communication, Education, Expertise, Musicianship, Passion, Performance Skills, Performing Arts, Singers

Bobby McFerrin is without a doubt, one of the most accomplished vocalists of this century. He leads the way in 20th/21st Century solo vocal performance through his unique use of the voice and body, combined with highly skilled musicality and improvisation. His style transcends genres, being equally comfortable and accomplished in classical, popular, folk and […]

Straw therapy for the tired voice

Straw therapy for the tired voice

Posted on Categories: Vocal Health, Vocal Science

Straw therapy? Voice exercises using a simple straw will help alleviate a tired or fatigued voice. Straw therapy can be used for the singing or speaking voice before and after voice use. You can incorporate these exercises into your routine vocal warm up and cooldowns, when recovering from a cold or respiratory illness or if […]

I’m off to teach in Poland in July at the Vocal Camp.

Posted on Categories: Singing

I am very excited about this summer as I am off to Poland for the first time to teach and hang out with a bunch of singers who want to work on their voices and learn more about different styles. I can’t think of a better way to get to know another country and culture than […]