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EVALUATION

Skype ~ E-mail ~ In-Person
All Sessions are confidential.

I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each.
I do not think that they will sing to me.

T.S. Eliot, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

Overview

All evaluations are confidential. Questions and a personal quote, please contact me.

Introduction

Learn to become a great public speaker for workshops, presentations, leader or participant in meetings, groups and general business. Evaluations are completed with an audio or video recording, or by arranging a live session. You are given advice and feedback on how and what to improve.

I am a Master Communicator earned with ITC – International Training in Communications as a trainer and evaluator. (Like Toastmasters) With over 30 years experience as a Voice Coach and Voice Technician, I provide you with help on vocal delivery.
Areas Covered;

  • diction, clear speech, removing ums, urs, too many pauses
  • volume, projection, the sound of your voice
  • create warmth, connection and engage with an audience
  • stance, moving, use of the hands, etc.
  • overcoming fear, nerves, being intimidated by superiors
  • how & what to write for your audience
  • edit your speech, presentation, workshop
  • how to get feedback and what to do with it
  • how to network, come across as genuine
  • evaluate your presentation – score card like Toastmasters
  • public speaking
  • workshop
  • Speeches
  • Leadership
  • presenter

Evaluate a Sound Presentation

Evaluation will include diction, phrasing, topic knowledge, grammar, flow, tone and production.

Evaluate a Video Presentation

Includes Basic plus use of your hands and body movement, posture, stance and appearance.

Live Evaluation

Evaluate a sound recording and/or video recording plus a live 30-minute session.

Know Your Audience

Evaluate a sound recording and/or video recording plus a live 30-minute session.

On-Going Feedback

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Topic / Subject

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Introduction

The singing assessment is a helpful tool for you to learn what you need to improve on, your overall abilities and how to practice to improve your singing as a soloist, in a choir or backup artist.

Everyone can sing unless you have an inner ear injury known as tone deaf (which is very rare).

Open to male and female singers, backup singers, ensembles and choirs.
I work with vocalists of all genres and styles of music.

Evaluations and help are for the able, and those with physical difficulties, illness, disease, accident injuries, are in a wheelchair or other challenge, please be as specific when ordering the gig.

Evaluate a Sound Recording

Evaluate diction, phrasing, pitch, tone, breath, vocal quality, breath, production, and choice of song.

Evaluate a Video Recording

Include Basic plus stance, movement, posture and overall appearance.

Evaluate a Live Performance

Full Evaluation of a 50-minute performance or Skype session with feedback.

Repertoie

Full Evaluation of a 50-minute performance or Skype session with feedback.

Range

Full Evaluation of a 50-minute performance or Skype session with feedback.

Breath Evaluation

A video evaluation of your breathing and what to improve.

Plan of Improvement

A video evaluation of your breathing with a full plan of improvement exercises and a meditation.

Live Evaluation

A thorough Physical & Mental Health Evaluate of a video recording plus a live 30-minute session.

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The Mind

  • meditation & mindfulness
  • focus, concentration, clarity, awareness, quick/sharp
  • yoga dharana – concentration and cultivating inner perceptual awareness
  • dhyana – devotion, meditation on the divine

Singing EAR

pitch, note & interval recognition

proficiency solo parts, 4 part harmony

rhythm, time signatures

music recognition

Physical

body as your vocal instrument

support system, human anatomy and physiology

posture & alignment

body awareness

yoga for physical development

grounding

physical differences & therapy

Phonation

  • diction, vowels, consonants
  • pronunciation
  • pauses, phrasing, timing,
  • formulation
  • esl, accents, languages
  • phonetics

Yoga & Yoga Therapy

  • all aspects of physical,mental and spiritual yogic approach to voice as a hole to create excellence
  • yama : morality
  • niyama : personal observances
  • asanas : body exercises
  • pranayama : breathing exercises, and control of prana – energy
  • pratyahara : control of the senses
  • dharana : concentration and cultivating inner perceptual awareness
  • dhyana : devotion, meditation on the divine
  • samadhi : union with the divine

Breath

  • breath control, support
  • strengthen, stamina
  • phrasing, timing
  • energy – prana (yoga)
  • smooth speaking without cracking
  • breath therapy

Communicator's EAR

  • listening skills
  • comprehension
  • compassion

recognising abuse

Musicality

  • reading music
  • theory
  • history
  • orchestral
  • world music
  • instruments
  • music clefs

Musicality

reading music, theory, history, orchestral, world music, instruments, music clefs

Musicality

reading music, theory, history, orchestral, world music, instruments, music clefs

Vocal Range

  • range – expanding, smooth integration
  • classification of range, quality for singers
  • raising or lowering voices for transgendered
  • quality of range for communicators

The Mind

  • meditation & mindfulness
  • focus, concentration, clarity, awareness, quick/sharp
  • yoga dharana – concentration and cultivating inner perceptual awareness
  • dhyana – devotion, meditation on the divine

Singing EAR

pitch, note & interval recognition

proficiency solo parts, 4 part harmony

rhythm, time signatures

music recognition

Repertoire

choice of song and music, interpretation, memorisation, history

Physical

body as your vocal instrument

support system, human anatomy and physiology

posture & alignment

body awareness

yoga for physical development

grounding

physical differences & therapy

Phonation

  • diction, vowels, consonants
  • pronunciation
  • pauses, phrasing, timing,
  • formulation
  • esl, accents, languages
  • phonetics

Yoga & Yoga Therapy

  • all aspects of physical,mental and spiritual yogic approach to voice as a hole to create excellence
  • yama : morality
  • niyama : personal observances
  • asanas : body exercises
  • pranayama : breathing exercises, and control of prana – energy
  • pratyahara : control of the senses
  • dharana : concentration and cultivating inner perceptual awareness
  • dhyana : devotion, meditation on the divine
  • samadhi : union with the divine

Breath

  • breath control, support
  • strengthen, stamina
  • phrasing, timing
  • energy – prana (yoga)
  • smooth speaking without cracking
  • breath therapy

Communicator's EAR

  • listening skills
  • comprehension
  • compassion

recognising abuse

Musicality

  • reading music
  • theory
  • history
  • orchestral
  • world music
  • instruments
  • music clefs

Musicality

reading music, theory, history, orchestral, world music, instruments, music clefs

Musicality

reading music, theory, history, orchestral, world music, instruments, music clefs

Vocal Range

  • range – expanding, smooth integration
  • classification of range, quality for singers
  • raising or lowering voices for transgendered
  • quality of range for communicators

Physical

body as your vocal instrument

support system, human anatomy and physiology

posture & alignment

body awareness

yoga for physical development

grounding

physical differences & therapy

Phonation

  • diction, vowels, consonants
  • pronunciation
  • pauses, phrasing, timing,
  • formulation
  • esl, accents, languages
  • phonetics

Yoga & Yoga Therapy

  • all aspects of physical,mental and spiritual yogic approach to voice as a hole to create excellence
  • yama : morality
  • niyama : personal observances
  • asanas : body exercises
  • pranayama : breathing exercises, and control of prana – energy
  • pratyahara : control of the senses
  • dharana : concentration and cultivating inner perceptual awareness
  • dhyana : devotion, meditation on the divine
  • samadhi : union with the divine

Breath

  • breath control, support
  • strengthen, stamina
  • phrasing, timing
  • energy – prana (yoga)
  • smooth speaking without cracking
  • breath therapy

Communicator's EAR

  • listening skills
  • comprehension
  • compassion

recognising abuse

Musicality

  • reading music
  • theory
  • history
  • orchestral
  • world music
  • instruments
  • music clefs

Being Heard

Sessions are Approached from Both Sides:

For the Speaker: Being heard, listened to and confirmed on any subject, for any reason in a respectful space of compassion, and non-judgement. Being validated is so important to who you are, what you are about. I am the listener in these sessions.

For the Listener: Develop your listening skills. How to listen, understand, interject at appropriate intervals and giving your attention to the speaker. Diminishing or removing bad speaking habits of interrupting, and assuming. In these sessions, I am the speaker for you to hear.

Listen & Confirm

In a world of noise, excess information and gluttony of negative news, your personal voice often goes unheard.

So many people just want to be heard, to have what they say validated and mean more than just a casual ‘oh sure, ya, anyways’.

Active listening is about giving or receiving someone’s full attention by hearing their words, not thinking in your head about yourself.

The only time one can interject is to get clarity and a better perspective in understood and being heard. Otherwise, comments are to acknowledge and validate who you are listening to.

Rephrasing is a common tool, to signal to the person speaking that you understand them. Rephrasing is when you use different words to say back the main point of what was said. This technique helps both parties know the message is correct. This tool is used sparingly, or you begin to interrupt too much or sound like a parrot.

Active listening does mean you cannot speak as in a two-way conversation – it means while one person is talking you give them your full attention. It’s a skill and hearing is knowledge to understanding.

You validate that the other person has the right to say and speak. You respect them by hearing their words and giving them the time to be heard.

Some people misunderstand and think if you are listening you are to say nothing – a sounding board. Not what active listening is. Active is the determining word in listening; we listen to understand, to make confirmations of agreement that the other has wanted, needs, feeling, desires and so on. They want to be heard, respected that their thoughts, opinions and feeling are heard with care and validation.

Active listening doesn’t mean you just agree to be polite, or you’re there to lie about agreeing with their choices, etc.

There is enough time in a conversation to say that you don’t agree or would make a different choice.

If people want a sounding board, which is more often than not, they can speak to themselves in the mirror. Sounding boards are not active listening.

  • Comprehensive Evaluation consists of 50 point written evaluation
  • May ask direct question
  • Evaluate a Live or Recorded Performance, Presentation or Speaking

Soloists

I work with amateur and professional singers who want to make great improvements in their singing – either for themselves or for performing.

We work together on all aspects of vocal, physical and mental techniques: improve breath control, anxieties, soft & strong notes, blending, musicality and more.

Choirs

Helping choirs or a choir singer who want help singing in a choir is uplifting.

Improve techniques of breath control to reach the high notes, or I work with altos or tenor to blend to create better harmonies. All welcome to improve.

Bands

Love working with bands to help the lead singer with vocal care, reaching low and high notes, blend your vocal range and performance style.

I work with backup singers for harmonies, vocal techniques and performance confidence. Bringing together cohesion, hearing skills and musicality for the band.

Ensembles

I support ensembles, duos and small groups to bring in solid harmonies, musical interpretations, vocal care and vocal techniques to improve each singer as well as the whole group.

Explore musical choices, performance confidence, and expand vocal skills.