Welcome! If you’re looking for info about my vocal coaching work, below you’ll find the answers to many of the questions I hear from new enquiries.
Click on any of the headings below to expand the information.
Ultimately, the best way to find out whether I’ll be a good fit for your needs is to book in a Discovery Call, so we can chat about your history with your voice, and where you’d like to go from here.
DO YOU WORK WITH WITH ADULT BEGINNERS?
Yep! Most of my clients are adults, and I love working with Just-For-Joy singers.
You might be a total beginner who’s never sung a note in front of anyone else (or even yourself!) in your life… or you may have had some singing lessons or joined a choir in the past.
You don’t have aspirations to perform professionally, but you love singing just for yourself around the house… or you have long-harboured a secret desire for singing.
You might like to eventually jam with friends or family, even try your hand at an open mic… or maybe you’d just like to feel confident at karaoke, or singing along in the car with friends.
I love seeing people’s faces light up when they realise what their voice is capable of.
Many people have had painful experiences in their past when someone told them they “couldn’t sing” or said something nasty about their voice. They might feel very nervous about taking a singing lesson, or even terrified to be heard singing at home by housemates, partners, or family.
I made a self-paced online course especially for those with that secret yearning in their heart – it’s called Secret Singing Lessons.
Click here for more info!
DO YOU WORK WITH WITH PROFESSIONAL MUSICIANS?
Yep! I love coaching performing vocalists, backing vocalists, and musicians and bands who use vocals as part of their performances.
Maybe you don’t consider yourself a “singer”, but you do backing vocals or your whole group uses some vocals as part of your sound. Sometimes you might worry that you’re pitchy, or find hitting those high notes hard, or find it hard to project and your voice is worn out after band practice. Good vocals can be the key difference between a decent band and a GREAT band. Your audience relates most to vocals – so book in your band for a vocal workshop together.
Or maybe you are a lead vocalist or singer-songwriter who’s been “winging it” for years, flying by the seat of your pants on talent and luck… but you’ve noticed your voice getting fatigued when the demands of gigging, rehearsing, and recording increase. Or you have those niggling weaknesses in your voice, where you feel like you just can’t always trust it and you’re afraid it might fall out from under you on stage. You want to have more vocal colours to paint with, and feel confident in a range of styles and sounds through all parts of your vocal range. This was me 10+ years ago… and I love helping other vocalists get past their frustrations and limitations with the anatomy-based techniques which helped me have access to a full spectrum of voice qualities I always thought my voice just wasn’t “suited” to.
I also work with singing or speech professionals (singing teachers, public speaking coaches, etc) who would like to widen their knowledge of vocal physiology & technique to best serve their clients. I have helped fellow voice teachers prepare for their Estill Figure Proficiency Test.
DO YOU WORK WITH KIDS?
Yep! Creative, expressive “tweens and teens” are a group I love working with! We’ll learn healthy technique for life-long singing, vocal versatility for creative expression in a range of styles, and increase confidence in themselves as a singer and as a person, whether they just want to sing for themselves at home, jam with friends, or perform on stage.
I also often work with young people who would like to do songwriting, or recording their songs for the first time!
I don’t usually work with folks under the age of 11, as they are usually better served by teachers with specific expertise & training in working with children.
However, age is just a number, and if your child clicks with me and my approach, I won’t be turning them away just because they’re 10. I’ve had some great experiences occasionally working with younger singers & speakers.
The key part is, I don’t “assign” songs. So, if your child knows the songs they want to sing, and can learn them outside of our time together (they don’t need to know the lyrics off by heart, but have at least the ability to sing along while reading the words) then we can work on technique together.
If you’re looking for the kind of keep-them-occupied-in-a-creative-way-after-school lessons, where a teacher teaches your child how the song goes, they have a sing together, and can give them lots of good age-appropriate repertoire, I’m happy to recommend some of my colleagues instead.
DO YOU WORK ON SPEECH?
While my focus is more on singing, my anatomy-based techniques can also apply to the speaking voice. I often work with people whose career (or passion) places a high demand on their voice (e.g. actors, call centre workers, public speakers, sales people, teachers, personal trainers, etc) who would like to prevent vocal damage/strain from affecting their ability to work, or would like to adjust the sound of their voice or improve their projection.
Actors (and voiceover actors!) are especially fun to work with, who are keen to have a broad range of fun vocal sounds & colours to play with to be vocally expressive & versatile in character! So get in touch if you’re keen to expand your vocal colour palette!
I also sometimes work with folks from the transgender community, who would love to shift their voice towards something that feels more like a true expression of who they are, or have more options for how their voice can sound. While I don’t have heaps of in-depth training in this area, I do have some tools and techniques that can help, for trans women, men, and non-binary folks alike. I can also point you in the direction of more highly-trained & experienced speech therapists & vocal coaches who can go into more depth with you in your vocal transition journey.
CAN ANYONE LEARN TO SING?
WHAT IF I'M TONE DEAF?
The voice is physiological instrument which anyone can learn to control & play. Like any other instrument, it involves learning coordination of muscles etc, and “aural skills” – your vocal mechanisms and your “ear brain” need to learn to talk to each other. This is a skill that can be learnt & practiced by anyone.
Having trouble with being able to “sing in tune” is usually just a lack of understanding how to control the vocal mechanisms in a way that helps you hit the right notes, and practicing for that “ear-voice-brain connection” and muscle memory.
I’ve never yet met anyone who was tone deaf or couldn’t improve their pitch with good technique & practice, and I’ve been teaching & coaching since roughly 2011, working with over 600 people in that time.
And no, you don’t have to be able to “sing an A” (or any note) on cue. “Perfect pitch” is a rare skill, which I don’t have. We’re all on a spectrum of musicality, from “amusia” (true tone deafness, which is also rare) to musical geniuses like Jacob Collier… and most of us, including me, are somewhere in the middle.
DO I HAVE TO BE ABLE TO READ MUSIC?
Nope. To be honest with you, I’m not exactly great with “music theory” myself. If you’re interested, or it comes up in our work as something that’ll be useful for you, I can introduce you to some basics of theory, including some fun jazz theory stuff that can expand possibilities in songwriting and improvisation. But at the end of the day, if you never want to read a note on a sheet, you’ll never have to.
WHERE DO YOU WORK?
I work in-person in nipaluna (Hobart), where I have an office in the CBD.
I occasionally visit my old stomping grounds in Narrm (Melbourne) and sometimes work with clients there while I’m in town.
I’m also working with clients from all over the state, country, and the world, via Zoom! I’ve worked with folks in the US, UK, Asia, and all over Australia.
HOW OFTEN / HOW LONG SHOULD SESSIONS BE?
This depends on the age, experience level, and goals of each individual. Book in for a Discovery Call and we’ll discuss your needs and make a plan that works best to serve you!