Wanting to understand my own vocal limitations led me on a journey of study that I have been on for over 15 years and will continue for the rest of my life. The voice is a fascinating subject and as vocal technology advances so does our understanding. The mysteries that have surrounded singing can be solved scientifically. We now know that there are different modes of phonation. We understand what needs to happen to the vocal folds to change pitch and reach those high notes.
All my voice techniques are based on research by some of the most eminent voice scientists and singing teachers including:
- Richard Miller
- James C McKinney
- Ingo Titze, to name but a few.
One of the most successful and well-known singing methodologies is Speech Level Singing; My mentor was Seth Riggs who has taught such big names as:
Prince, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Madonna, Johnny Hallyday and Barbra Streisand plus many many more.
I studied this technique for over 15 years. It was during this time that I began to take charge of my voice and realise that I had to sing with technique rather than pure instinct. I had to have a plan for those high notes; I had to think about Sub-glottal pressure, vocal fold thickness and breath flow.
I started making a real difference to my students’ voices and my own- I was hooked and began studying voice science and vocal pedagogy.
I have most recently completed an intense singing teacher accreditation with Gillyanne Kayes, author of Singing and the Actor and co-founder of Vocal Process.
As well as teaching one to one in my private studio, I have been a resident teacher at:
- The Academy Drama School, Whitechapel, London
- Voxbox Singing School, Camden, London
- Various Saturday performing arts schools for children over many years