Last December, I lost my voice. Totally. I was unable to sing or speak, other than the tiniest strangled squeak. I hadn't had any signs of a cold or virus, and the only warning that I had was a slight sensation of what I can only describe as “splitting” of my voice when singing some … Continue reading When Your Voice Stops Working – My Story
One day last month, I was cleaning my studio ready for the next week of lessons and in an uncharacteristic departure from my usual OCD, I moved a few things around. I know, I’m a wild woman – stick with me! Anyway, my streamlining worked well but I was left with a little empty shelf/windowsill, … Continue reading Polishing, Percussion and New Perspectives
Here at The Voice College, we are passionate about training singing teachers to a very high standard. We know that there are currently hundreds of singing teachers in the UK alone, however, in an industry that isn’t regulated, the standards of teaching can range from absolutely amazing, to the average and even inconsistent! It should … Continue reading So you want to be a singing teacher… What does it take?
It's nearly show time! Less than a week to go to the big day, and butterflies are flapping up a storm. Members of Voices Unlimited (Worcestershire's biggest independent adult contemporary vocal group, led by college boss Ria Keen), are gearing up for our show at the Swan Theatre, Worcester. We have just two more rehearsals … Continue reading Your Body Is Your Musical Instrument
Hypnosis is nonsense, right? We've all seen those stage shows where people are made to squawk like chickens or do Elvis impressions in the name of "entertainment". How can something like that possibly have any credence or use in the real world? Well the fact is, hypnosis is just an altered state - a … Continue reading Can Self-Hypnosis Help You To Sing or Teach Better?
This week, my interest was piqued and eyebrows raised by an online petition calling for the UK government to consider making singing available on prescription. Now, it could be argued that the UK government has bigger fish to fry at the moment, what with Brexit and all… but let’s not go down that rabbit … Continue reading Singing for Health
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're delighted to be bringing you five unique workshops this Summer / Autumn. We've got something for everyone, and on top of that we've got the option to book 1, 2, 3, 4 or all 5 workshops to suit your own needs - the more you book the more you save. Best of all, … Continue reading Workshops 2016 – Here come the details!
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!
If you’ve been in contact with the Academy Office recently, you may have noticed that I’ve been AWOL on occasion – most notably for the majority of last week. It seems only polite that I explain myself… I love teaching and academia, I’m all about the voice-geekery. But beneath that is the same fundamental urge … Continue reading Academy Registrar’s Latest Project