Sing Deep Notes, Don’t Hit High Notes

Words of wisdom from long-standing friend of VIDLA, Robert Lunte of The Vocalist Studio. In this video, Robert talks about the poor mental conditioning that makes singers think that they have to 'hit high notes' when in fact notes are just notes... it doesn't matter whether they are high or low in pitch - it … Continue reading Sing Deep Notes, Don’t Hit High Notes

Why aren’t we looking after our Musical Theatre students?

I'm a huge fan of the musical theatre talent that we produce in this country. In the MT schools and on the West End and touring stages stand and sing some of the greatest voices we have. It infuriates me when shows like X-Factor / The Voice tell the hapless contestants "Well really you don't belong … Continue reading Why aren’t we looking after our Musical Theatre students?

Singing, Teaching, and Not Living in Your Head

In speaking to and mentoring our students, we get to discuss a lot of interesting things, and one of them is what to do when a student appears to over-analyse everything when approaching new techniques, or who physically freezes when asked to try something. It turns out that this is "a thing" and that many … Continue reading Singing, Teaching, and Not Living in Your Head

Looking after your voice

All of our students work extremely hard, not just to pass their courses, but also to produce resources for their own students. Samantha Laurilla, the 2012 recipient of The John Owen Jones Award, has recently produced a great guide to looking after your voice on a day-to-day basis. It's packed with easy-to-follow, common sense advice, … Continue reading Looking after your voice

Steve Balsamo Harmonic Healer Workshop 28/4/12 – an inside view

Three of the core VIDLA team (Ria Keen, Cordelia Lewis, Melanie Winterflood) travelled to Swansea last weekend to attend Steve Balsamo's workshop on healing via chant and toning, and it was worth the trip! The workshop was held at the Academy of Psychic and Spiritual Studies in Swansea, which is on the first floor of … Continue reading Steve Balsamo Harmonic Healer Workshop 28/4/12 – an inside view

“Stage Fright to Superstar” programme under way!

From our Confidence Coach, Ash Rutter I just want to start off by saying how pleased I am to be involved with Ria and VIDLA. She is a hugely inspirational person and I’m honoured to be a part of such a great team of people who are having an amazing impact on the world of … Continue reading “Stage Fright to Superstar” programme under way!

Vocal Care

Ria has been chatting a lot to our lovely friends at Vocal-Care.com this week, and of course we've just done the article about coffee and hydration, so we thought it was a good time to remind you what great products Vocal-Care have to offer, and how much difference it can make to both singers and … Continue reading Vocal Care