If your voice is healthy but not fully developed, consider me the fitness trainer for your voice. Common clients are working voice professionals who have been without formal training for awhile, or who face new technical challenges; and non-professional singers who just want a “tune-up” for better sound and endurance.
Maybe you’re heading into an important audition, not feeling 100% sure you’ve got the best technique for the job. Maybe you are coming back to serious vocalizing after months or even years away from regular training. Or you might have hit a plateau with another teacher, and want some new eyes & ears on what you’re doing.
I will customize a program of technique and self-care, so that you can create the best possible sound in a comfortable, healthy way.
Over several sessions, we review and fine-tune the fundamentals of posture, alignment, resonance placement. I usually give you homework, to help you experience and anchor the right balance between relaxation and strength in the body, breath, and vocal muscles.
If frustration with your voice has taking on a life of its own; if you feel your confidence wavering; or you sense blocks in the subtler energy-flow that supports the voice, I may go into intuitive space for guidance. I can also incorporate some energy healing or chakra-balancing techniques in combination with direct voice work.
And of course if I suspect a medical problem with your voice, I can help you locate resources for more help.
Remember that nearly all services can be offered via Skype, as an alternative to working together in person.
“A good teacher or reliable singing colleague can help us achieve [many] things. But if they are doing the monitoring and advising for us, then we do not learn to trust ourselves, and our own proprioceptive feedback as singers….from the very earliest stages of learning, teachers/choral directors need to help students develop these self-monitoring skills – otherwise students and teachers unconsciously collude in the student developing a dependency on the teacher, and diminished self-trust in practice and performance. I think a teacher is failing if their student says they always sing better in a lesson than anywhere else.” —Alexander Massey © 03.01.11 – www.OxfordSingingLessons.co.uk, quoted with permisison
“Warm, funny, engaging, and passionate… Joanna can take highly technical information and make it accessible to any vocal artist.”
—Mary Ellen Wessels, M.Ed.
“I was working with a client who had a history of vocal damage…. I wanted to make sure that we were on the best road to keeping her singing healthy and free. I set up a joint session for us to work with Joanna, and she was able to get into some root-cause pain and tension that my client was simply living with and accepting as her normal state. Joanna made some specific recommendations that helped my client and me to map a clear path for easier progress. Working with Joanna helped me as a teacher to ensure that I was offering the best, most informed instruction. Call her. She will only compliment what you already do as a teacher, and you will be amazed at what you learn.”
—Dan Calloway, www.MyLAVoiceTeacher.com
“Joanna has been instrumental in getting my voice back into shape… I am very pleased with my results.” — student