Why get vocal lessons if I can sing really well already?
Vocal cords are like muscles and with proper training you can get a lot more out of them. With age and use your vocal cords can become sore, developing nodules which could end a career. Parke's technique will get you through these hazards safely and unleash all of your potential.
Can children take singing lessons?
As long as a child is ready to apply themselves to it, absolutely. If they have an interest, the earlier they start, the better. Children are usually using their voice in a natural way that adult students need to re-learn.
Do you teach complete beginners?
Yes, of course. There is a lot of enjoyment in watching new students develop their sound and music style. Students who consider themselves beginners often have natural talent that just needs the right direction, a little encouragement and confidence. The right teacher can help students greatly improve their ability.
What is the larynx and why is it so important?
When most people go to reach high notes their larynx (the bump in your neck below the chin) goes up. When the larynx rises the body is preparing to swallow making the epiglottis shut over the windpipe. This causes the voice to "shut down" or "jam up" creating strain and discomfort.
To experience this (safely), firstly put you hand on your neck below your chin and find your larynx (for guys this is your adam's apple). Once you've found it, swallow. You will notice that when you swallow your larynx goes up. To show how detrimental this is to singing, next, hum a continuous note (at any pitch) and swallow without letting the note stop... It is not possible! When you sing with a high larynx this is in effect what happens. The larynx goes up making your voice jam up, which means that in order to get the note you want you need a lot more air and a lot more effort, which causes a lot of pain.
What else can singing do for me?
Singing is great for confidence, self-expression, self-esteem and boosts creativity. It can help you unwind and relax after a busy day. Recent surveys showed 83% said that learning to sing led to better brain development, 78% said that music study increased learning abilities and 73% said it was both a source of increased self-esteem and a useful way to relieve stress. The ABC and Washington Post report that learning music regularly can significantly lower the risk of developing Alzheimer's Disease.
Can you help me find an agent?
Yes. I've assisted several students, by introducing them to agents, managers and producers. However, this can not guarantee that you will be signed.
Do you offer the opportunity for students to showcase their talent?
Yes. There are regular showcase performances throughout the year. This is a great way to gain experience and build confidence in a relaxed enviroment.