Voice Science F.A.Q.

How about teachers who say they teach the „scientific“ method of singing?

Many teachers in recent history have fallen victim to what has been erroneously termed „voice science“. You see, any time you associate something with the word „science“, it automatically assumes an aura of truth. That's very attractive to both teachers and students, who are anxious to grab onto anything that offers them hope of understanding what has unfortunately become a very confusing subject.

Professional advice on tone development

How do you determine what the tone quality of a singer's voice should be?

A singer's tone should be determined by his or her own individual vocal anatomy and not a predetermined ideal held by a teacher – or the student, for that matter! It should be a blend of the top, middle, and bottom resonance qualities that results when the singer's larynx remains in a relaxed, stable position.

What about breathing? Doesn't correct breathing play an important part in your ability to produce good tone?

Singing in Foreign Languages

Should beginning voice students sing in foreign languages?

How to Get Your Voice to Work for You

Training your voice, as you may have guessed, means learning to coordinate and strengthen the muscles in your larynx so you can sing with speech-level posture over a wide pitch and dynamic range. Coordination and strength an?

All you should know about vocal practicing

How soon in my training program can I expect to sing high notes easily?

Immediately, since in our approach there is no strain involved in the production of tone anywhere in one's range. You must move quickly into the extreme ranges to ensure that you don't get locked in to any one part of your range.

What about teachers who say you should build your middle range before you try to extend it up or down?

Singing through entire range

You should be able to sing through your entire range – from the lowest notes of your chest voice, up through the highest notes of your head voice – in a smooth, even, or what we call connected manner, and still maintain a relaxed speech-level posture.

Singing low notes

How your voice works best: techniques of Speech-Level Singing

Most singers use excessive muscular effort when they sing. Muscles the body normally uses to chew and swallow food, as well as open the (throat wider when it needs to get oxygen into the lungs quickly, are used to manipulate the larynx – forcing it up or down. This is done to accomplish a difficult pitch, increase intensity, or „improve“ the quality of one's tone. We call these muscles the outer muscles, because they are located outside the larynx.