Singing is one of the most gratifying physical experiences but it can also be the most frustrating one. Who never thought: “my brain perfectly gets what my teacher is asking me but my body is just not responding” or “I can’t focus on so many things at once?” And then starts the process of self-consciousness and loss of pleasure.
A voice specialist is someone transmitting the physiological as well as the technical knowledge of singing, and working at the edge of the medical and the artistic worlds. Someone who knows precisely how the voice works and what your needs are as a singing student or as a performer.
Sophie has been working with singers of all types for 24 years: classical singers, jazz singers, pop music, rock singers, choral singers or soloists.
If you want to nail your vocal technique with a lot of fun and effective exercises (body work, breathing work, posture, resonance…), Sophie can help you understand how to optimize your singing and when necessary, your speaking voice. You should be able, after a few lessons, to better understand and feel what breathing support, jaw and tongue release, register blend, or ease in the upper range mean…
Some good reasons to get a vocal technique check up with a voice specialist are:
If you are a singer,
– your voice gets fatigued after practicing at home, after a singing class, after a coaching or a performance,
– your singing voice feels reliable but your speaking voice gets fatigued after you have sung a while,
– you are not sure if you feel a real connection between your body (support) and your voice (resonance) or you don’t feel it all the time or when it happens, you are not sure why it is happening,
– your jaw is tight, your tongue is tight,
– you can’t really feel your headvoice, your chest voice, you experience a gap between them,
– you can’t reach those higher notes effortlessly,
– you are not confident in your ability to recognize and manage vocal registers, vocal mechanisms. You struggle in your break/passaggio area,
– you are a cross-over artist and struggle with the switch of vocal technique, with the use of a microphone…
Then, having some tune up sessions with a voice specialist besides your singing classes can be helpful to take even more advantage of the work you are doing with your teacher.
If you are not a singer,
– your voice gets easily hoarse,
– you can’t be heard in a noisy environment,
– you are struggling with acid reflux and in spite of the medicine your MD prescribed, you can’t count on your voice,
– you want to be able to play with your voice more consciously and effectively in public and/or professional circumstances.
After the initial assessment session, Sophie will give you an approximation of the number of sessions you need. Efficiency and speed are her first concerns. A lot of work can be done in five hours, at a usual pace of one hour per week.