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    Ep.149 Part One: Finding the Best Posture and Alignment for Singing with Jennie Morton

    Ep.149 Part One: Finding the Best Posture and Alignment for Singing with Jennie Morton

    West End Musical Theatre performer, lead singer of a London Big Band, and Clinical Osteopath, Jennie Morton joins Alexa on Singing Teachers Talk for part one of a two part episode. This week the pair will be discussing how you can help your singers find their best posture and alignment. Listen in for some great exercises you can use with your students to improve their posture. 

    KEY TAKEAWAYS


    Concerns have arisen over the long-term health effects of technology-induced postures, especially among the younger generation. Habitual postures can lead to structural changes, causing discomfort as muscles become fibrous and impede blood supply.
    Maintaining a neutral spine is crucial for optimal posture and shock absorption, influencing the functioning of vital components like the diaphragm, emphasising the importance of understanding and addressing structural dynamics for overall well-being.
    Jennie emphasises the importance of dynamic stability over rigidity, likening it to a tall skyscraper built to move in the wind. She suggests lying on the floor to explore spinal alignment and identifying the felt sense of neutral curves.
    Singers achieve optimal posture through exercises that recognize and balance unique spinal curves. Performers in extreme roles benefit from targeted stretches. Triangulating body position, emotion, and vocal outcome enhances predictability. Unconventional exercises, like singing upside down, disrupt fear-associated contexts, facilitating effective navigation through challenging vocal passages.

    BEST MOMENTS 

    ‘Structure governs function’

    ‘Our bodies are kind of like Plasticine, whatever you do habitually becomes habituated’

    ‘Elasticity is the key to being an artist. You know where home base is’

    ‘Maintaining a neutral spine is crucial for optimal posture, with the definition of 'neutral' varying for each individual’

     

    EPISODE RESOURCES 

    Guest Website:


    www.jenniemorton.com

    Relevant Links & Mentions: 


    Singing Teachers Talk Podcast: Ep.97 Elevate Your Musical Performance Through Anatomical Efficiency with Jennie Morton
    Singing Teachers Talk Podcast: Ep.40 Teaching Singing to Dancers with Jennie Morton 
    Singing Teachers Talk Podcast: Ep. 32 The Bio-Psycho-Social Model with Stephen King
    Singing Teachers Talk Podcast: Ep.138 Exploring the Benefits of The Alexander Technique for Singers with Patrick Ardagh-Walter 

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    ABOUT THE GUEST 

    After a long performing career as a Ballet dancer, West End Musical Theatre performer, and lead singer of a London Big Band, Jennie is now a Clinical Osteopath specialising in the field of Performing Arts Medicine. She provides treatment for musculoskeletal, neurobiological, and psycho-physiological issues from her base in Los Angeles. She also works as a Performance Coach for singers and actors, focusing on anatomical efficiency, embodiment of artistry, movement education, and rehabilitation from vocal injury. Jennie co-created the MSc in Performing Arts Medicine at University College, London, and lectures internationally to artists, arts educators, and healthcare professionals on the subject of performance-related injuries. She is the author of three books: The Authentic Performer: Wearing A Mask And The Effect On Health; The Embodied Dancer: A Guide To Optimal Performance; and Dancing Longer, Dancing Stronger. Her website www.jenniemorton.com contains many of her published articles and educational resources, as well as links to her online courses on a range of health topics.

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    • 46 min
    Ep.148 How to Record a Stand-Out Vocal Reel with Mitch Jarvis from Singing Demos

    Ep.148 How to Record a Stand-Out Vocal Reel with Mitch Jarvis from Singing Demos

    It's Mitch Jarvis from Singing Demos joining Alexa this week. Mitch has been recording vocal reels since 2011 with the mission to help performers stand out from the crowd and get that all-important invite into the audition room. Mitch is here to help us understand the benefits of a vocal reel and how the singer can get the best out of their recording. Make sure you listen all the way until the end for a special offer. 

    KEY TAKEAWAYS


    Singing Demos first opened its recording studio in Camden in 2011 and since then, have helped thousands of performers stand out with their vocal reels and network of leading casting directors and agents.
    A vocal reel can be incredibly helpful to singers because it gives you something you can put in front of casting directors straight away. It’s also helpful because in a post Covid world, your online portfolio became almost the first step in the audition process as it was harder to meet face to face. This has somewhat continued and directors now will expect to hear something from you before you’ve auditioned. 
    The benefit to having your reel on video as well as audio is because of how key video content is online. Your social media following can have an impact on your job prospects. The video isn’t just key to showcasing yourself but for driving engagement on things like Instagram and TikTok. 
    Singers should be sharing their vocal reels with agents, it is so much more important than sitting down and writing a bespoke email and CV. They want to be able to see what you can do and how you behave straight away. 
    When deciding what to sing on your vocal reel you should stick to songs you know like the back of your hand that you enjoy. If you pick something difficult then you run the risk of not hitting the notes, especially under the first time pressure of being in a recording studio. 

    BEST MOMENTS 

    ‘If you’re less confident, a reel can help you get past the first stage where you need to showcase yourself’

    ‘You want it to sound live, as if you’re singing in the room to them, no autotune’

    ‘Can they visualise you in that role? Because if they can’t see it they won’t cast you’

     

    EPISODE RESOURCES 

    Guest Website:


    https://www.singingdemos.co.uk/

    Social Media:


    Instagram: @singingdemos.co.uk

    Singing Demos Discount: Get £25 off a filmed vocal reel package with the code BAST25

    Relevant Links & Mentions: 


    Spotlight: https://www.spotlight.com/
    Hannah Lowther: @hannahlowther
    The Accompanist: https://www.theaccompanist.co.uk/

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    ABOUT THE GUEST 

    After attending Italia Conti, Mitch launched Singing Demos in 2011 while also working professionally in the industry. Since then he's recorded thousands of vocal reels and stopped performing himself in 2015 to focus solely on Singing Demos.

    Mitch has a strong network of leading casting directors and agents. He knows just what’s needed to get yourself seen and heard by the crème de la crème of the industry. His mission is the same as yours – to get you to stand out from the crowd with an outstanding vocal reel. Everything is done in the comfort of the Singing Demos professional recording studio in Camden, London.

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    Ep.147 TV Vocal Coach: Behind the Scenes on ITV's Mamma Mia with Claire Delaney.

    Ep.147 TV Vocal Coach: Behind the Scenes on ITV's Mamma Mia with Claire Delaney.

    It's Claire Delaney who joins Alexa this week to give us a tour behind the scenes of working on the ITV show ‘Mamma Mia! I have a dream’, the search for Sophie and Sky. Claire is a vocal coach with a private business and also teaches at UK Drama School Italia Conti. She initially trained in Opera, performing at the likes of the Royal Albert Hall, and now works with singers of all skill levels from beginners to West End professionals. To celebrate the winners of ‘Mamma Mia! I have a dream’ and their West End debut, Claire is here to give us the gossip on how she landed this TV job, what her role entailed on the program, and how we can help our theatre performers navigate auditions. 

    KEY TAKEAWAYS


    "Mamma Mia! I Have a Dream'' premiered on ITV in October 2023. The program followed the quest for two fresh and undiscovered talents in musical theatre, aiming to cast them in the roles of Sophie Sheridan and Sky Ramand for the West End rendition of the musical "Mamma Mia!".
    If you or one of your students are thinking about applying for a TV show like this in the future, Claire believes you need to be strong in the following areas: story telling, working collaboratively, creating chemistry, having the endurance to perform 9 shows a week, and not taking yourself too seriously.
    In previous "Mamma Mia!" shows, it was understood that straight tone was desired over vibrato. However this more traditional approach didn’t appear to be the case in the TV show. Claire loves vibrato because it adds colour and a feeling of release in the voice. As a teacher you need to make sure your student can do both so they can use whichever they think is right for them.

    BEST MOMENTS

    ‘I feel like having worked on TV now it adds to my credibility’

    ‘It’s not Shakespeare, it’s pure entertainment and just joyous’

    ‘The key to any audition is to do your background development on the character’

    ‘My best advice is just be cheeky and ask, the worst anyone can say is no and not everybody will say no’

     

    EPISODE RESOURCES

    Guest Website:


    https://www.delaneycoaching.com/

    Social Media:


    Instagram: @Claire.delaney.coach
    Tik Tok: Claire_TheVocalCoach

    Relevant Links & Mentions:


    Fiona McDougal: https://fionamcdougal.com/
    London School of Musical Theatre: https://www.lsmt.co.uk/
    Italia Conti Arts: https://www.italiaconti.com/
    Singing Teachers Talk Podcast: Ep. 91 How to Help Prepare Singers for Drama School Auditions with Michael Vickers
    Songs mentioned: Luck Be a Lady from Guys and Dolls; Trustfall by Pink; Somebody To Love from We Will Rock You; Kiss Me by Sixpence None the Richer; Shivers by Ed Sheeran; Night Fever from Saturday Night Fever
    Vocology in Practice: https://www.vocologyinpractice.org/

    ABOUT THE GUEST

    Claire Delaney is a professional voice coach and currently teaches at Italia Conti. She has been in the performing industry for 15 years and has recently worked with voice coach Fiona McDougal on the new Mamma Mia ‘I Have a Dream’ show for ITV.

    Trained in Performing Arts and Opera, Claire has performed at venues including The Royal Albert Hall, The Wales Millennium Centre, The Other Palace, Kensington Roof Gardens, and The Bristol Hippodrome. She has also worked with Disney composer, Alan Menken, for the musical Galavant on ABC Comedy, and as an actress on various productions for Netflix, Sony Pictures, BBC One, BBC3, ITV, and ITV2.

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    Ep.146 How to Understand and Apply Vocal Acoustic Pedagogy with Ken Bozeman

    Ep.146 How to Understand and Apply Vocal Acoustic Pedagogy with Ken Bozeman

    Are you a vocal coach who has been avoiding vocal acoustics, you know that topic with words such as formant, harmonic, spectrogram and frequency? Maybe you just aren't sure how it applies to teaching singers, or maybe you've tried but it just seems too much to get to grips with. This week Alexa Terry is joined by Ken Bozeman , who is here to help you understand and apply vocal acoustic pedagogy.

    KEY TAKEAWAYS


    Vocal Acoustic Pedagogy is the study and application of the scientific principles governing the acoustic properties of the singing voice. It informs vocal instruction, focusing on resonance, pitch control, diction, and breath management to enhance vocal technique and performance.
    Acoustic analysis enables teachers to teach effective vowel modification. By adjusting vowel shapes based on acoustic principles, singers can achieve better balance between clarity and resonance, especially in different parts of their vocal range.
    Mastering the principles of vocal resonance allows teachers to guide students in optimising their resonance for different styles and genres. Knowledge of formants and resonances helps in shaping the vocal tract to achieve desired tonal qualities.
    Understanding articulatory phonetics and its connection to acoustic properties helps teachers guide students in achieving clear diction and precise articulation. This is crucial for effective communication, especially in vocal genres with specific language requirements.
    If you’re trying to understand formants then remember that sounds encompass a spectrum of frequencies. Timbre represents peaks and valleys in frequency strength. The first formant is akin to the lowest peak, defining a sound's distinctive quality.

    BEST MOMENTS 

    ‘If you have no flexibility to explore options your body will move towards efficiency’ 

    ‘We’re the only primates that are vocal learners’ 

    ‘Frequencies have a vowel like tone colour’

     

    EPISODE RESOURCES 

    Guest Website:


    http://www.kenbozeman.com/
    Get Ken’s book ‘Practical Vocal Acoustics’ here: https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781538174647/Practical-Vocal-Acoustics-Pedagogic-Applications-for-Teachers-and-Singers
    Get Ken’s book ‘Kinesthetic Voice Pedagogy 2’ here: https://www.voxped.com/KVP2.html
    Use Ken’s Discount Code: RLFANDF30

    Relevant Links & Mentions: 


    The work of Ingo Titze: https://ncvs.org/ingo-titze/
    Journal of Singing: https://www.nats.org/cgi/page.cgi/about_journal_singing.html
    The work of Heidi Moss Erickson: https://www.heidimosserickson.com/
    The work of Wolfgang Saus
    The work of Ian Howell: https://www.ianhowellcountertenor.com/
    The work of Dr Brad Story: https://vocalpedagogy.com/vocal-pedagogue/brad-story/
    Voce Vista: https://www.vocevista.com/
    Chadley Ballantyne: https://chadleyballantyne.com/
    Singing Teachers Talk Podcast: Ep. 52 Getting to Grips with Vocal Acoustics with Chadley Ballantyne 
    Singing Teachers Talk Podcast: Ep. 102 Understanding Singing and Menopause with Joanne Bozeman 

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    ABOUT THE GUEST 

    Kenneth Bozeman, BM, MM, Professor Emeritus of Music at Lawrence University for 42 years, chaired the voice department, receiving two teaching excellence awards. Holding degrees from Baylor University and the University of Arizona, he studied at the Munich Conservatory. In 1994, he earned the Van Lawrence Fellowship and was inducted into the American Academy of Teachers of Singing in 2019. As the Journal of Singing's editorial board chair, Bozeman authored acclaimed books on acoustic voice pedagogy. His students performed globally with esteemed opera companies. A renowned voice acoustics expert, he presented at NATS conferences, served as a master teacher, and spoke at British Voice Association and International Congress of Voice Teachers events. 

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    Ep. 145 Style Vs Technique with Kaya Herstad-Carney

    Ep. 145 Style Vs Technique with Kaya Herstad-Carney

    Alexa delves into Style Vs Technique with Kaya Herstad-Carney. A Norwegian powerhouse based in the UK since '99, Kaya is a singer, songwriter and vocal coach, blending creativity and technique. Join us to unravel the secrets behind her success in artist development and vocal education. 

    KEY TAKEAWAYS


    Balance is Key: Effective singing instruction involves finding the delicate equilibrium between style and technique. While technique provides the foundational skills for vocal health and control, encouraging individual style fosters uniqueness and emotional connection in singing.
    Technique Foundations: Prioritise the establishment of strong vocal fundamentals. Teach proper breathing, vocal exercises, and posture to ensure students have a solid technical base. This enables them to explore various styles with a foundation of control and strength.
    Expressive Stylistic Elements: Guide students in understanding the stylistic nuances of different genres. Encourage the exploration of varied vocal tones, articulations, and phrasing while ensuring that these stylistic choices are built upon a foundation of solid vocal technique.
    Adaptability: Emphasise the importance of adapting technique to suit different styles. What works well in classical singing might not translate seamlessly into contemporary or jazz styles. Encourage students to be versatile and open to adjusting their technique based on the demands of the chosen style.
    Individualised Approach: Recognize and celebrate each student's unique voice and style. Tailor teaching methods to accommodate different learning styles and help students discover their own expressive strengths. A personalised approach fosters a positive and supportive environment for growth in both style and technique.

    BEST MOMENTS 

    ‘Good vocal techniques are the ability to create the notes that you hear in your heart and your head’

    ‘Style is the artistic lengths of which we deliver the song depending on the genre’

    ‘Finding a good balance between style and technique is about not compromising either’ 

    ‘Technique is second to the emotional release of the style’ 

    EPISODE RESOURCES 

    Guest Website:


    kayamusic.com

    Social Media:


    @kayamusic

    Relevant Links & Mentions: 


    Artists mentioned: Cher; George Ezra; Billie Eilish; Kelly Clarkson; Christina Aguilera; Shakira
    (Podcast) Singing Teachers Talk Podcast: Ep.142 How to Sing and Teach Gospel with Mark De-Lisser
    British GQ Magazine interview with George Ezra
    The work of Ken Bozeman & Ian Howell 
    (Podcast) Singing Teachers Talk Podcast: Ep.143 Navigating the Music Industry with VocalizeU’s Big Billy Clark & Elliott O’Connor
    Waterbear - The College of Music
    Kerrie Obert
    (Podcast) Singing Teachers Talk Podcast: Ep. 59 Top Tongue Tips For Boosting High Frequency Energy with Kerrie Obert 
    BBC Masterclass with Christina Aguilera

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    ABOUT THE GUEST 

    Kaya, a versatile artist from Norway, has called the UK home since '99. Her extensive career spans original music, vocal coaching, and artist development. As an established performer, she's graced The Royal Variety Show and the BBC Songwriting Showcase. Kaya's passion extends to mentoring, directing festivals, and teaching popular music subjects. A harmony enthusiast, vocal arranger, and festival director, she serves as a board member for Vocology in Practice, training singing teachers globally. With roles at Waterbear and esteemed institutions, Kaya specialises in singing, songwriting, motivation, and artist development.

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    • 43 min
    Ep. 144 Exploring the Benefits of Sound Healing for Singers and Teachers with Rush Dorsett

    Ep. 144 Exploring the Benefits of Sound Healing for Singers and Teachers with Rush Dorsett

    This week it's Rush Dorsett who's keeping Alexa company. Rush is a voice coach, performing artist, and founder of the Embodied Voice Academy. She has earned accolades in voice science, psychology, and sound healing. Rush is passionate about weaving together spiritual tools with vocal awakening practices to access a singer's highest potential. She is here to discuss the benefits of sound healing for singers and busy teachers like us.

    KEY TAKEAWAYS


    YogaVoice® is a unique 21st century synthesis of the eight-limbs of Classical Yoga technology and Systematic Vocal Technique (SVT). The application of these principles to the lives and work of both professional and amateur singers can facilitate self-awareness and artistic empowerment.
    Rush has found that when teaching she often finds some kind of energetic imbalance in the students' sound. When this happens she tries not to focus on the classic techniques as that would just be paving over the cracks. This is when she turns to her alignment techniques to get to the root cause of the imbalance. 
    The mission of Embodied Voice is to serve conscious creatives who are seeking to connect with their true voice, go deeper in their vocal practice, find ease in singing, embody powerful presence, and have the tools they need to create their own sustainable vocal practice.
    The seven major chakras Rush teaches are: 1) Root - stability, grounding; 2) Sacral - creativity, emotions; 3) Solar Plexus - personal power; 4) Heart - love, compassion; 5) Throat - communication; 6) Third Eye - intuition; 7) Crown - spiritual connection. Each corresponds to different aspects of well-being.

    BEST MOMENTS 

    ‘Being a part of a community really built my confidence’ 

    ‘I was seeing the results of this energetic and physical body alignment helping and supporting the anatomical alignment for healthy vocal technique’ 

    ‘When we are connected to our root chakra, our physical body aligns’ 

    ‘Authenticity often requires deconditioning ourselves’ 

    EPISODE RESOURCES 

    Guest Website:


    https://rushdorsett.com

    Social Media:


    Instagram: @rushdorsett

    Rush’s FREEBIE - Discover your Vocal-Chakra Alignment

    Relevant Links & Mentions: 


    The Yoga Voice Method from Mark Moliterno: https://theyogavoice.com/
    (Book) The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron 
    (Book) There’s No Place Like Ohm by Donna Carey and Marjorie de Muynck
    (Podcast) Quantum Minds TV by Dr Theresa Bullard-Whyke: https://theresabullard.com/qmtv-episodes/
    Contact Rush directly: rush@rushdorsett.com 

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    ABOUT THE GUEST 

    Rush Dorsett is a Voice Coach and Performing Artist who supports creatives in awakening their authentic voice, embodying their power, and freeing their self-expression in singing, speaking, and performing. She is Founder of EmbodiedVoice ® ️, an online school for guiding students into deeper embodiment, energetic alignment, and vocal mastery so that they can express themselves confidently and experience the joy of freedom in their voices. 

    She received her Masters degree in Voice Science and Performance from New England Conservatory, her B.A. in Psychology and Music from Washington University in St. Louis, sound healing certifications from the Divine Resonance Centre, and she is also a certified YogaVoice®️ facilitator.

    Rush is passionate about weaving together spiritual tools with vocal awakening practices to access one's highest potential. She is a Certified Teacher, Healer and Ritual Master with the Modern Mystery School, and often shares classes, workshops and energy healings with her community. Her mission is to use these tools to bring more light, love, peace and joy in the world. 

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