Preparing for a Vocal Marathon – Part I

Today I was working on Skype with a new client, who asked me for exercises to help her cope with the challenge of a 28 minute narration (voice over). This is a long time for an untrained voice to sustain colour, flexibility and ease. Small wonder she finds herself stumbling over long words and complex phrases. It is not normal to speak to 28 minutes without rest. This is a vocal marathon. The voice, like any other part of the human anatomy, requires muscles to move it, shape it, colour it, empower it. The voice might take the form of sound waves, invisible to the eye. It might seem to be as easy as breathing – and that’s how we’d …

Ever-Increasing Circles

Such a lot happening at the moment, and so little time to write about it! First, I must mention that I’m presently on the Critical Mass blogging team for the Queensland Music Festival. I’ve managed to catch 3 shows so far, with 2 to come next week. Read all about it here. I’m delighted to be back in the swing of reviewing, which means I not only get to see stuff for free, but I get to see stuff I probably wouldn’t choose to go to, even if I could afford it, because it’s just not my taste.  The Randy Newman concert was a case in point, and I’m so grateful I had the opportunity, and the push to go. …

Giving Voice to Children – The Next Question?

My last post struck a chord with some of my voice teaching colleagues, who contacted me directly. I have asked their permission to post their remarks here, so that we may open out the discussion to a wider readership. Elizabeth Montoya-Stemann lives and works in Jamaica, WI.  Here is what she had to say: “I agree 100% with your idea of giving voice to children from early age at the schools. “I am an acting and voice and speech teacher living and working in Jamaica, W.I. at a Arts College. I have a 5 y.o son and I am suffering the struggle of free expression for kids. I mean the school where my son goes to is so centered in …