One of the things that we love about Dr Jenevora Williams is her open, intelligent and enquiring mind. She has contributed to the BAST webinar library and past live training events.
In this interview we find out more about what makes Jenevora tick. She talks about her journey which started as a Botany undergrad, to becoming an opera singer, then getting a PhD in voice science. Her research was around male chorister voices as they went through puberty. Naturally this then led her to writing a book, ‘Teaching Singing to Children and Young Adults’, a popular staple in many a singing teacher’s bookshelf.
Jenevora discusses her research findings, how she works with singers needing vocal rehabilitation, her latest topics of favour – the learning process, motor learning theory, and the work she does helping teachers on UK’s only MA Voice Pedagogy degree.
There are a lot of handy teaching gems for you to pick up in this podcast, so don’t miss this one!
Dr Jenevora Williams is a leading exponent in the field of vocal health and singing teaching. After a successful career in Opera, Jenevora turned her attention to investigating healthy and efficient vocal function. The combination of academic study and practical experience has resulted in a unique perception for understanding the human voice. She was the first singing teacher to be awarded a PhD in voice science in the UK, and won the 2010 BVA Van Lawrence Prize for her outstanding contribution to voice research. Her book, Teaching Singing to Children and Young Adults, has been enormously popular with singing teachers throughout the world. She is well-known for her imaginative and rigorous training courses for singing teachers in the UK, the US and Europe. As a teacher of singing, she works with professional singers of all ages, as well as working in and training teachers for Vocal Rehabilitation for BAPAM and the NHS.
Dr Meribeth Dayme is a familiar name to many singing teachers. From her detailed but comprehensible books on vocal anatomy, The Performer’s Voice and Dynamics of the Singing Voice, to her holistic and energy-based approach to singing and vocal training, CoreSinging®, thousands of singers have benefited from Dr Dayme’s passion for voice and treating the singer as a ‘whole’.
A pioneer in the world of singing pedagogy, Dr Dayme has been instrumental in helping singing teachers understand the role of energy and alternative healing to bring out the authentic performer.
In, what turns out to be her last interview, Dr Dayme reveals how she went from singing to becoming an anatomy geek and specialist to delving into the unseen world of energy and alternative healing.
Sadly Dr Dayme passed away on 28th Oct and before this podcast was published. Her legacy will continue and we, in the singing teaching world, are ever better because of her dedication and passion for singing and teaching.
Meribeth Dayme PhD, a pioneer in the field of the singing voice, founded CoreSinging® in 2010. Her dream is that singers become channels for healing themselves and the audiences they reach. After years of research, writing and teaching singing she has found a way to honour that dream through CoreSinging®. She has taught singing and vocal pedagogy in university and privately for over 35 years and is recognised internationally for her textbooks on singing and teaching singing, master classes and courses.
Stephen King started his performance career with great promise. On the road to a dance and MT career, Stephen had to take a dramatic turn away from performing after a serious knee injury. With all the physical therapy and medical attention he received Stephen found himself pulled into the world of manual therapy and decided to combine it with singing teaching.
Stephen has worked as a vocal coach and MD for 20+ productions as well as being a residential teacher for a variety of colleges and academies. He is deeply committed to learning all he can about the performer’s anatomy and physiology and regularly trains with vocal, medical and physical clinicians to hone his skills even further. With a passion for helping to prevent vocal and physical injuries in performers and singers Stephen is a key player in health promotion in the performing arts world.
In this podcast Stephen dives into his rather unconventional journey as a performer turned manual therapist and anatomy geek. He explains the importance of touch, emotionally, mentally and physically. He also talks about how vocal hyperfunction occurs and how it can be treated, how heel height can impact the larynx, his pet peeve, the proton pump inhibitor and his goals for changing the way singers are treated.
In this podcast Line Hilton talks to Laurel Irene and Dr David Harris from VoiceScienceWorks. These two met several years ago on Dr Ingo Titze’s Summer Vocology Institute at the National Center for Voice & Speech and have not been apart since!
In the beginning, like many singers and singing teachers, they struggled to translate the science knowledge into practical stratgeies for their voices and the voices of those that they worked with. So they set about to unravel the complexities of voice science into a singer friendly language. They have also been developing practical tools and strategies that work whether or not you understand the science behind it.
Laurel and David love sharing their knowledge and understanding of voice science and helping others to understand the power of this knowledge. They work with singers online and in person, and take their educational programme on the road.
In this podcast we find out how they got into the science, how it helps them in their work and what’s in store for their up and coming VSW European 2019 tour.
Now based in Melbourne, Australia, Lisa Perks started her singing and teaching career in the UK. In this podcast she talks about moving to a new country as a well established singing teacher, and having to completely start over with her teaching practice. One of the ways she built her new business was to put on singing and training events. Lisa shares some of the benefits and the lessons learnt from putting on major events.
As with many singing teachers today Lisa has begun to take a more holistic approach to teaching, recently incorporating Meribeth Bunch Dayme’s Core Singing strategies. Lisa reveals a mindset break through she experienced after suffering from three voice surgeries and significant damaged voice. She explains how this break through has changed her attitude towards teaching, and is spurning a new teaching service. Line and Lisa discuss the benefits and pitfalls of teacher related Facebook groups and other such teachery stuff.
This podcast’s guest is Manchester-based vocal coach Hannah Smikle. Hannah attended the Brit School and talks about her experience giving advice on how a singing teacher can help prepare a student who wants to, or is attending a performing arts school like this. As a teacher she got thrown into the job, quickly realising she had many gaps. Hannah talks about how she started to fill these teaching gaps including the BAST Singing Teacher Retreat, where felt she, “found her people”. As well as the education she received on the retreat she talks about discovering how she had a special skill that could augment her service to give her an edge.
In her practice Hannah noticed there were many people who had negative emotions around their voice. She decided to gain skills in counselling and devised a programme to help people create a positive relationship to their voice. She shares some tips on how you can help singers who have this issue. Hannah also helps singers in the studio environment and gives us some great tips for getting the best recording takes from singers.
If you’re a fan of The Naked Vocalist podcast then this guest’s voice will be a familiar one to you. Line Hilton chats with Steve Giles who is a vocal coach, member of the board of directors and authorised coach for Vocology in Practice and co-founder and co-host of the world’s leading singing podcast, The Naked Vocalist. Steve was very chatty (caffeine may have been involved!) about a wide range of topics from his thwarted career as a footballer, to his unexpected journey into singing and then teaching.
Steve talks about how football training influenced his approach to teaching, how TNV podcast got started and how it changed his life and work, what he believes singers really want, whether voice science is essential to being a great singing teacher, whether he recommends podcasting as a way to build a teaching business and what he wishes he’d understood when first setting out as a business owner. Line and Steve discuss how they deal with the social media trolls/haters.
You may already have seen Ryan Luchuck in his two-part webinar series breaking down voice science for beginners (Part 1 & Part 2).
One of those multitalented types; Ryan sings, plays the keys, guitar, and a variety of other instruments as well as being a sound engineer and producer. All of this he puts to good use in his teaching practice. In the podcast, we have a fascinating discussion around a variety of topics from how he lost his voice due to poor technique and decided to stop singing for three years, how he fell in love with teaching, how he uses a technique of communication he learnt through couple’s therapy to communicate better with his students, how he loves to work with singers who have been told they can’t sing and how he helps singers become more accurate with their rhythm and timekeeping.
Ryan also talks about what he’s learnt from putting regular on concert events for his students.
Not to be confused with singer/songwriter, Cat Stevens, Kat is a singing teacher and owner of Aspire Arts Academy in Towcester. As with many teachers, Kat is trying to balance home life with business. Her academy enrolls around 100 students a term and along with this and her privates, Kat also runs a choir for hobby singers. Her passion is to help people grow in confidence and attain healthy mental health through singing. Kat talks about her challenges with the business, helping students deal with negative college experiences, how she finds students, advises on the process of putting on a musical show and how she maintains her own professional development.
In this podcast we hear from singing teacher & Intuitive Confidence Coach, Lilli Badcock. Lilli started performing arts at a dancing school as a child but found herself wanting to sing the song rather than dance to it.
Lilli talks about her journey from a singer, to choir leader, singing teacher and now confidence coach. After having experienced a considerable amount of anxiety throughout her life Lilli had to do a lot of work to overcome these dark periods. Her new purpose came after one particularly dark episode when she lost her voice for a time, let alone a singing teacher. She found herself questioning her identity and purpose. Taking what she discovered on her journey to overcome this crippling condition Lilli now focuses her work to help people realise they “can do it” and to find their purpose through singing. Lilli also talks about how she has found a balance between being a mother to 3, wife, teacher and entrepreneur.
Like many singing teachers, Juliet juggles a variety of hats including as a singer/songwriter, a vocal coach, choir director and music festival organiser. As well as running her own practice working with artists, Juliet loves to work with choirs, recently arranging and featuring in the Pamper’s tribute to midwives with Paloma Faith on lead vocals. Juliet is a vocal coach on two of the UK’s biggest entertainment shows; ITV’s The Voice and BBC1’s Michael McIntyre’s Big Show.
Line and Juliet talk about her random journey into singing and teaching from a very young age. In spite of not having any specific goals in the music industry, she has gone on to coach Grammy, Brit, MTV Europe Music and MOBO award-winning singers. As part of an MA Juliet got involved with the British Lung Foundation to research and develop a singing related tool to improve dysphonia in people with respiratory illnesses. Juliet also talks about how a teacher can prepare singers for TV singing competitions, how she got the gig and what the challenges of that kind of coaching are.
In this podcast Line Hilton talks to Joshua Alamu, a professional voice coach with over 15 years experience as a singing teacher in the music and television industry. He has been a voice coach for the TV talent shows such as The Voice UK and Pop Idol and is currently working with acts such as Fleur East, Little Mix and JP Cooper. Joshua talks about his unexpected journey to becoming a vocal coach, the pros and cons of coming from a gospel background, how Ultimate Artists, an artist development summer programme he co-founded came about and his goals with the programme and how he works with artists under the pressure of promotional work, recording and touring.
This podcast is a bit different as I am talking to recent BAST Graduate, Matt Thorns, about his journey. Matt started out singing as a six-year-old chorister in Oxford. He talks about his vocal experience going through puberty. He then moved into general performing arts and eventually music production and songwriting. He noticed that he was spending a lot of time helping singers to get the best out of their voices in the studio, and he was enjoying the role more and more. In the interview, Matt reveals the top issues he found singers to have when in a recording studio setting. Eventually, his coaching interest blossomed into a desire to find out more and to delve into the performance coaching world further eventually bringing him to the 20 Hour BAST course, which he took with Kaya Herstad Carney. He talks about his biggest obstacle, lack of confidence, as a new teacher and how he overcame it, and the current challenges he is experiencing. Together we discuss how to deliver an online lesson along with a variety of other teaching topics.
[By the way Matt is the host of iSingmag’s podcast, where he talks to singers and people who work with them on a wide range of topics]
Many of you will have already encountered this podcast’s guest, the humorous, John Henny. He’s a singing teacher and music school business owner and also provides training and education for singing teachers. His voice journey started when he realised that singing was going to give him the edge as a drummer, aka better gigging opportunities. He was a part of the Speech Level Singing organisation for several years, as one of the teacher training team that travelled around the world training SLS teachers. Eventually, he headed out on his own to scratch his entrepreneurial itch setting up a music school just outside Los Angeles. We find out about his journey and the lessons learned along the way and shares some great advice for singing teachers starting out.
Singer and songwriter Whitney Nichole started her teaching studio back in 2008. Over the past 10 years, her studio has grown from a 2 person operation to 19 teachers, nearly 400 students, from babies and their mums to the elderly, in 4 locations around San Fransisco. As you can imagine a lot has been learned along the way. Whitney tells us her story, how she grew the business, helped her teachers get onboard with the Songbird values, her process of finding the right teacher for the studio and what she loves about running a business this size. Whitney also talks about Vocology in Practice where she is the current chairperson.
Gemma Sugrue is one of those natural entrepreneurs. She started her own wedding singer business at college and on finishing her degree joined forces with a friend to set up a singing teaching studio, Voice Works, in Cork where they now have 300+ students, and are earning enough to employ a manager whilst she spends time on her own creativity as singer/songwriter. Gemma talks to Line Hilton about her journey from a naive 17 year old touring Australia with an Irish dance show, how she went about learning to sing in a contemporary vocal style, setting up her first business as a wedding singer, and the trials and tribulations of becoming a studio boss with 15 teachers. She also talks about how she has gone about finding a balance between her business and artist mindset.
From a humble beginning in a local choir to one of the most highly regarded vocal pedagogs in the UK and co-founder of the very popular The Naked Vocalist Podcast, Chris Johnson talks to Line Hilton about his journey from singing as a hobby to career. Eventually, his inclination to vocal geekery pulled him into teaching. Chris talks about his mistakes, challenges and victories, how he transitioned from being a small town teacher to running an oversubscribed London teaching studio. Chris also talks about his vocal issues and how he dealt with them physically and mentally. Chris talks about the benefits the podcast has had on his practice, how he deals with negative criticism and shares a little trick he’s learned to market his practice and increase bookings.
In this podcast Line Hilton talks to BAST graduate, Sarah Nixey, who did the BAST course online with trainer, Lisa Haupert. Sarah has extensive industry experience as a backing vocalist and signed artist as the lead singer of UK based, indie rock group, Black Box Recorder. As often happens circumstance lead her to teaching and Sarah took on a new hat, that of vocal nerd! She talks to Line about her career and teaching – discussing challenges and victories, how she hadn’t realised just how much teaching is psychology, how she was surprised that so many singers need guidance to understand the importance of the lyric and how vital the art of patience is to the singing teacher. Sarah also shares how she continues to build on the foundation she acquired from the BAST course and gives some tips for budding singing teachers.