We hear a lot about "mindful practice" and often, people either pay lip service to it or dismiss it as being a bit wafty, a tad tree-huggy. But how many times have you sung on automatic pilot? How often have you told yourself that you are learning or developing a song when what you are … Continue reading Are You Actually There, When You Sing?
As a singer, you'd be forgiven for thinking that the act of making a tuneful and /or crowd-pleasing noise had been reduced in recent years to nothing more than a series of sciencey-sounding manoeuvres. Teachers appear to be obsessed with the muscles of the vocal tract and - even more exciting! - formant tuning, compression, … Continue reading Singing is more than pulleys and levers
Why Singers Need To Get A Wiggle On When teaching singing or watching others sing, it is a curious thing to note that very often, people who are animated and expressive when speaking become very still when they start to sing. I have seen this equally and often among performing arts students, nervous beginners, … Continue reading Sound is Movement
In a week that saw the 100th anniversary of 'ordinary' women (or at least, some of them!) winning the right to vote in the UK, we've been playing a particular album all week in the office, going by the title of Ordinary Woman. Ordinary Woman is the latest offering from the Nelly White Band and is … Continue reading “Ordinary Woman” -Nelly White Band
A tale of scales, sorcery and science… In a world where many things are regulated to within an inch of their lives, and where hoop-jumping and form-filling masquerade as ‘standards’, it would seem to be a blessing that singing teachers are an unregulated bunch. And it is, sort of, because regulating creativity is a tricky … Continue reading What Makes A Great Singing Teacher?
We are chuffed to rock n roll bits that legendary vocalist P. J. Proby has become Patron of the college today! He joins West End / Broadway royalty John Owen-Jones and singer-songwriter (and erstwhile Jesus impersonator) Steve Balsamo, along with esteemed author and vocal coach Dena Murray, who are also Patrons. On joining The Voice … Continue reading Legendary Singer P. J. Proby is new TVC Patron
You may have noticed over the last week that our website and social media accounts have undergone a bit of a transformation. We've not been taken over by alien invaders, we've just made the decision to re-brand the college because thanks to you we've grown so much over the last few years! VIDLA stood for Vocalist … Continue reading VIDLA is now The Voice College!