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Welcome to A Voice and Beyond. This podcast is dedicated to self-care, professional development and personal growth. Our brilliant lineup of international guests include healthcare practitioners, voice educators and other professionals who will share their stories, knowledge and experiences within their specialized fields to empower you to live your best life every day. In the solo round episodes, my goal is to help you increase your levels of focus, productivity, confidence & energy. Now is the time for you to discover your voice in life, develop a positive mindset and become the best and most authentic version of yourself so you can create greater impact.

A Voice and Beyond Dr Marisa Lee Naismith

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Welcome to A Voice and Beyond. This podcast is dedicated to self-care, professional development and personal growth. Our brilliant lineup of international guests include healthcare practitioners, voice educators and other professionals who will share their stories, knowledge and experiences within their specialized fields to empower you to live your best life every day. In the solo round episodes, my goal is to help you increase your levels of focus, productivity, confidence & energy. Now is the time for you to discover your voice in life, develop a positive mindset and become the best and most authentic version of yourself so you can create greater impact.

    #75. The Benefits of Manual Therapies for the Vocal Athlete with Walt Fritz

    #75. The Benefits of Manual Therapies for the Vocal Athlete with Walt Fritz

    This week’s guest is Walt Fritz.
    As a voice teaching community, it is vital to keep an open mind to the various kinds of modalities that can be of assistance for a singer who may need help. This week’s guest is Walt Fritz, a licensed physical therapist who has taught Myofascial Release continuing education since 1995 and set up his training program, Foundations in Myofascial Release Seminars™. In 2020, Walt rebranded his work and launched Manual Therapies Seminars, a new training program that he continues to teach all types of therapists including massage therapists, speech-language pathologists, voice professionals, physical therapists, and occupational therapists internationally. Walt also runs a closed physical therapy practice in New York where he treats select patients, including singers. He believes that singers are vocal athletes, and he realised the benefits of applying manual therapies to singers, a modality that was and still is typically thought to be applicable exclusively for traditional sports athletes. Walt describes his approach as creating a therapeutic relationship with his patients, where he asks them to collaborate in a constant back and forth, seeking to elevate and empower them to be a true partner in the process of evaluation and decision making. This is a truly informative interview with Walt as he also shares how issues regarding postural alignment can be overplayed, the importance of meeting and accepting patients where they are at, how we must allow a person to be heard, and listen to them without judgement and as practitioners, it’s not about the approaches we use, it’s about offering compassion and empathy. There is so much more. You are going to love listening to this episode with Walt Fritz.
    Instagram: @waltfritzpt
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/walt.fritz/
    Website: www.WaltFritz.com
    In this episode
    04:50 - Walt’s Training Background
    09:19 - What is Myofascial Release?
    12:42 - Benefits of an Iterative Approach
    15:28 - Deficit as a Blessing
    17:58 - Athletes Within Artists
    22:02 - The Aid Which Physical Therapy Gives to Singers
    26:15 - Diagnostics Preview
    31:07 - Priors: A Concept in Psychotherapy
    34:05 - Emboldened Patients with Therapist’s Selflessness
    38:27 - Reimagining Yourself to Embrace Changes
    41:51 - Significance of Proper Posture
    48:09 - The Method of Patient-Centered Care
    51:12 - Ensuring Mutual Learning is Possible and Judgements are Mitigated
    56:05 - Defining Touch Base Intervention
    1:02:45 - Greatest Lesson Learned About the Voice
    1:03:47 - Piece of Advice for the Singing Voice Community

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    • 1 hr 7 min
    #74. 5 Steps to Finding Happiness

    #74. 5 Steps to Finding Happiness

    Is your life needing an injection of happiness and positivity? Maybe it’s time to give your attitude to life a spring clean? Perhaps your thoughts and behaviours need a massive sprucing up. You may be someone who blames life, blames others, your job, the pandemic, anything and everything, but have you ever considered that it could be you that’s the problem? Your lack of happiness could be a result of some negative behaviours and your current circumstance is a manifestation of these. You may not realise that your happiness and success in all parts of your life is your personal responsibility. It’s time to become accountable and stop blaming external situations or other people for your shortcomings or your lack of joy.
    Not everything in life is in our control, but our actions are and positive action is necessary for a joyful and remarkable life. Today, I am going to share with you five unwanted behaviours that I believe have the potential to stifle your happiness and once these are banished from your life, you will be far better off. My hope is that by the end of this episode, you will be able to catch yourself next time you are about to fall into the trap of one of these five behaviours so you can start to experience the happiness and desire and truly deserve.

    In this episode
    01:06 — Is Your Life Needing an Injection of Happiness and Positivity?
    02:38 — Life Is Always Not Smooth Sailing
    04:12 — Number 1: Stop Trying to Please Everybody
    05:09 — Don’t Let Anyone Tell You What Is Realistic and Achievable or Not
    07:23 — Number 2: Stop Talking Negatively About Yourself
    09:03 — Out Thoughts Are Not Always the Truth
    10:45 — Number 3: Stop Gossiping About Others
    13:24 — Become Cheerleaders and Not Haters
    14:40 — Number 4: Stop Holding On to the Past
    15:45 — See How Far You’ve Come in the Present
    18:01 — Number 5: Stop Stressing About the Future
    21:04 — Conclusion
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    • 26 min
    #73. Making Voice Pedagogy Accessible For All with Dr Shannon Coates Part II

    #73. Making Voice Pedagogy Accessible For All with Dr Shannon Coates Part II

    This week's guest is Shannon Coates.

    This is part II of my interview with Dr Shannon Coates, who is an educator, international presenter on Voice Pedagogy, creator of The Vocal Instrument 101 Online Course and in more recent times creator of the VoicePed UnDegree. In this episode, we continue with Shannon’s candid interview as she delves deeper into some of her teaching philosophies, and her beliefs regarding the current state of academic systems that are presently not delivering the training required to equip CCM singers for a professional career. Some of the topics Shannon shares her views on include, how we as voice teachers must ensure that what we think and what we do aligns with our core values and that it is essential that we check in with our biases in order to create inclusive voice studios. Furthermore, Shannon explains that there is more than one way to achieve results, and as voice teachers, we must be open to the possibilities of what a voice can do and how the voice can work efficiently to create the tonal outcomes required by the singer. We must not get stuck in a binary system where something is either right or wrong because the voice is a complex system that is different from person to person. Shannon’s mission is to continue to make vocal pedagogy practical, applicable and accessible, for everyone, especially for those outside of academia. There is so much more in this is a brilliant interview with Dr Shannon Coates.
    Online Course: https://drshannoncoates.com/the-vocal-instrument-101-online-course/

    03:24 – Personal experience with being silenced
    07:49 – Discussion Post
    10:13 – Dr. Shannon’s Pet project
    13:42 – Teaching different techniques
    15:08 – Understanding the possibilities of what the Voice can do
    18:44 – Treating Voice as a complex instrument
    21:04 – Understanding Formants in voice
    26:32 – Things missing in terms of Singer’s Higher Education Training
    31:09 – The Academic system’s promise
    33:34 – Is CCM teachable in the academic system?
    35:52 – Finding your authentic sound
    40:38 – The Voiceped Undegree program
    42:41 – What’s next for Dr. Shannon?
    46:42 – Thoughts on Methodologies
    51:52 – One piece of advice for the singing voice community

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    • 56 min
    #72. Making Voice Pedagogy Accessible For All with Dr Shannon Coates Part I

    #72. Making Voice Pedagogy Accessible For All with Dr Shannon Coates Part I

    This week’s guest is Shannon Coates.
    This is part I of my interview with Dr Shannon Coates, who is an acclaimed voice teacher, international presenter and creator of The Vocal Instrument 101 Online Course. This is a candid interview with Shannon as she begins by sharing her earliest memories of how she discovered the joy of singing as part of a musical family and the journey that led her to a highly successful teaching career. Shannon tells us that she began her teaching career, as an independent studio voice teacher where she worked with a broad range of students. Shannon explains that her own professional and teaching experiences, inspired her to create training programs and resources for teachers outside of academia to equip them with the skills and knowledge that are most useful for them. Shannon had discovered that all the classical tuition received did not give her the tools she needed for contemporary singing. The other realisation for Shannon was that the majority of voice pedagogy classes were being taught by classical voice teachers who had never owned or operated an independent voice studio themselves. Furthermore, she believed that independent studio teachers, were unable to access the training they required without sacrificing time away from the studios, and losing income. In this episode Shannon also shares with us the qualities that she believes that a good teacher should possess, the core components of her training programs and how these are relevant and beneficial to the teaching voice community. Remember this is part 1 of a 2 part interview with Dr Shannon Coates and part 2 will be released next week.
    Online Course: https://drshannoncoates.com/the-vocal-instrument-101-online-course/

    In this episode
    04:00 – Getting to know Dr. Shannon Coates
    07:15 – Earliest memories of singing
    12:12 – Musical education history
    14:12 – Dr. Shannon’s work experience
    15:42 – Being a Worship Leader
    17:36 – Say ‘Yes’ and figure it out
    19:48 – Choosing not to teach
    20:46 – First teaching gig
    23:09 – Obtaining a Classical Voice Degree
    25:31 – Transitioning from Traditional to Online voice lessons
    28:48 – Creating resources and working with Voice Teachers
    30:39 – The Vocal Instrument 101
    40:55 – Finding independent studio teachers
    45:27 – Important things a Voice Teacher should know

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    • 51 min
    #71. 3 Steps to Elevate your Morning and Transform your Day

    #71. 3 Steps to Elevate your Morning and Transform your Day

    How often do you start your day feeling tired, and you find that you’re stressed out, burnt out and maxed out even before your work day has commenced? We all want to feel more alive, full of joy and energized, but some of us don’t know how to make this happen. If you’re lacking the mental focus and the energy you need to deliver the best of yourself, you can begin by customising and carving out a morning routine that will help you set the tone for your whole day. In today’s show, I am going to share some ideas on how you can win back your life, upgrade your happiness, and be more present, more productive and have the energy you need, just by making some changes to your mornings. Don’t waste the opportunity to live your best life. It’s time now to realign with your passion and purpose. Make that choice, to create change and I promise you that by setting up a three step morning routine that works for you, it is possible to live the life you dare to dream of.
    In this episode
    01:10 – Making changes to your morning routine
    03:57 – Align yourself with Purpose and Passion
    05:22 – The 5AM Club
    09:26 – Step 1: The First 20 Minutes is to exercise or just move
    10:58 – Gentle reminder for singers
    12:27 – Step 2: Meditation
    14:53 – Mental Fatigue and Lack of Mental Focus
    15:46 – Step 3: Journaling or Personal Development
    17:30 – Find things that will bring you joy
    18:32 – Personal Development
    19:29 – Conclusion
    20:57 – Learn the simple discipline of mourning routine

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    • 24 min
    #70. Listen to What Your Body is Trying to Tell You with Serena Sterling

    #70. Listen to What Your Body is Trying to Tell You with Serena Sterling

    This week’s guest is Serena Sterling.
    When someone feels as though they are being silenced, this can have tremendous physical, and psychological consequences for that person as they feel ignored or not heard. This week’s guest is Serena Sterling, who is a certified Life Coach and author of the book ‘Pain: A Love Story'. In this episode, Serena shares her story regarding the chronic physical and emotional pain that she endured as a result of feeling ignored at various times in her life. Serena tells us that in her childhood, she began to complain about “imaginary” pain to gain attention from her family, and after months of pretence, this eventually manifested into Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, a condition she still has today. While working as an international journalist, Serena was based in New York's financial district during the September 11 attacks. As a result of the trauma she experienced during those attacks, she was later diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and was told by her doctor that there was no cure. Serena’s life began to spiral as she started snorting cocaine in her kitchen to help her cope and hold down her job. Not wanting to accept this as a lifetime fate, she discovered mind-body healing techniques that transformed her mental, emotional, and physical health. Witnessing what seemed like a miraculous transformation, Serena decided she needed to share this with the world. She later received a master’s and a doctorate in clinical psychology in order to bridge the gap between science and emotional health. Serena is committed to helping others with physical and emotional pain feel better fast with various modalities that have been proven to cure chronic pain. This is a candid interview with Serena as she not only shares some of the darkest moments in her life but also offers advice to those who feel as though they are being silenced as well as how we can all listen better.
    In this episode
    05:08 – Donna’s Childhood
    07:56 – Seeking Attention from Parents
    09:09 – Psychosomatic Disorder
    10:03 – Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis
    15:20 – Coping with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
    17:16 – Depression + PTSD
    19:10 – Cocaine helping her Chronic Fatigue
    23:20 – Victim Mentality
    26:29 – Body Mind Healing Techniques
    28:25 – Communicating with the body
    32:40 – Diagnosing patients through Kinesiology
    40:19 – Message behind the book “Pain, A Love Story”
    46:18 – Advice to someone experiencing pain
    50:37 – Best way to help someone in pain
    51:36 – What's the greatest lesson you've learned about yourself?

    https://www.drserenasterling.com/
    Instagram: @drserenasterling
    Book, Pain: A Love Story
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    • 58 min

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