Both seasoned singers and those new to singing often run across these issues: voice cracking, singing out of tune, an unclear tone, singing inconsistently across one's range, and a lack of vocal power. Vocal Coach Mark Baxter shares essential insights on each of these issues. More importantly, he gives you the tools and exercises you need to overcome them.
Is there anything that can induce more fear & trepidation than a singing audition? In this course, we've got your back whether it is a choir audition, a musical theatre audition, a band try-out - or even a reality show competition. We've assembled a group of experts who will guide you: Choir Director Brian Wismath, Musical Theatre Director Matthew Howe, Vocal Coach Mark Baxter and Session Singer and Coach Jaime Babbitt. You might be surprised at how tips from an area of singing that is not your own relates to your challenges.
An effective musical theatre audition is about much more than having a powerful song. Matthew Howe is a seasoned musical theatre director including at the Tony Award Winning Children's Theatre of Minneapolis. In this course, he shows you how to get into character and achieve a peak audition performance. He also helps you to understand the expectations of the audition panel so that you can communicate effectively from the moment you step into the audition room until the moment you leave it.
The human voice is the most expressive and versatile instrument on earth. As a singer, you may not even know all the sounds you can, nor how to explore them. In this course, three instructors will guide you on a journey of play, creative expression and risk-taking with your voice. Juliet Russell guides you thorough some seriously silly vocal exercises to create different vocal tone qualities. Then, Emily Braden will guide you through several exercises on scatting. Finally, Matthew Howe will challenge you to think outside the box in the way you view yourself as a singer.
You don't need rigid rules about breathing. Instead, you need a flexible approach which supports the genre you are in and the sounds that you want to make. Vocal Coach, Singer and Choir Director Juliet Russell guides singers from basic awareness of their breathing patterns to a series of exercises that can support practice and performance. Lessons include basics on breathing and supporting your sound. These are complemented by a variety of exercises to suit your singing goals.
Achieving a tight, unified blend at the beginning of words is a sign of choral mastery. Choir Director and Vocal Coach Juliet Russell, along with the Portobello Live Choir, demonstrate how this can be achieved. Both choir directors and choristers will gain key insights into this area. Lessons include all of the elements that support this skill: understanding onsets, working with sibilants, tongue training and breathing.
Ever felt like crawling into a hole when you've made a mistake in performance? In this course, Transformational Coach Simone Niles grabs our hand, pulls us out of that hole and sets us back on stage so that we can sing with enthusiasm. Simone's lessons deal with developing a new attitude towards mistakes, practical steps to take on stage when a mistake has been made and a way to process our emotions before, during and after a performance.
When trying focus on singing work, singers face the same challenges that have confronted humans for millennia: mental "static", lethargy and loss of focus. This course features several practical ways to develop mental stamina. These include how to design a "good day" for yourself and insights on how to work with your body, mind and soul. Your instructor is Greg Barker, PhD, VP of Publishing at Singdaptive.
Celebrity Vocal Coach Lisa Popeil has worked with A-List singers and is regularly sought after for advice from those who want to develop their careers. In this course, Lisa shares her top insights in areas that every singer needs to address: contracts, unions, royalties, creating a persona, collaborations and practical lessons learned from examining the singing trajectories of today's stars.
Filmed during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, this course will show you how you can develop yourself as a singer in isolation. How can you rehearse your music when you can't be with your band-mates, cast-mates or accompanist? How can you stay motivated when you have no performances in the foreseeable future? How can you exercise your voice when roommates and neighbors won't tolerate noise? You'll get strategies and solutions to all of these questions and learn how to grow your voice and your passion for singing - even during a time of isolation.
As a choral director, deepen your understanding of how choirs achieve such beauty and finesse in their sound. Award-Winning Choral Director Brian Wismath shows you how to improve your choir's blend, intonation and impact by developing vowel shape, text interpretation and tone color. This course is especially for directors working with traditional or "classical" repertoire.
One of the rewards of being in a choir is developing your vocal and musical skills. Award-Winning Choral Director Brian Wismath will give your skills a boost as he teaches about diction, vowel shape, and blend. He demonstrates the concepts with a real group of singers in these lessons and gives pointers on how to improve yourself as a choral singer on your own.
Never find yourself short on ideas for how to create a memorable song interpretation. Award-Winning Vocalist Emily Braden breaks down some of the most powerful expressive tools: phrasing, rhythmic displacement, tempo and groove to soaring statements and back phrasing. She gives you a chance to practice each one with the help of guitarist Adam Dobres.
It can feel like you'll never recover after you've made a mistake in front of an audience. Transformational Coach and Voice Teacher Simone Niles is convinced that any singers can overcome their fear of mistakes and grow in confidence. Simone's coaching will transform your perspective and maybe even your life! This course also features Award-Winning Singer Emily Braden who shares her tried and tested strategies for approaching mistakes with grace. Finally, London Vocal Coach Juliet Russell guides you through an exercise to develop your creativity and spontaneity when singing.
Get introduced to the most important exercises for maintaining healthy singing. Vocal Coach Mark Baxter shows how singers with a heavy vocal load can be liberated to give strong performances night after night through a commitment to these exercises. This course teaches you exercises for Facial Independence, Vocal Fry, The "Gah" Vocal Exercise, Humming, Breathing and Vocal Slides.
Have you ever wanted to make an impact with your singing? Bringing the lyrics to life and infusing them with your unique personality is a crucial step on this journey. Award-Winning Vocalist Emily Braden teaches you practical steps to help your song lyrics have the most impact and drive your performance.
Vocalist, Songwriter and Teacher Laura Clapp understands how daunting it can be to attempt songwriting - especially when you're fairly new to it. It for this reason that she breaks down the process for you and offers practical exercises to help you get your creative juices flowing. Kathy Alexander provides practical steps on how to start free-flowing lyrics.
Join International Singing Teacher and Voice Coach Kerri Ho for a daily workout of your voice over one month. You'll be surprised at the vocal power and strength you will develop through committing to this course. Take all three lessons of this course in rapid succession and then spend the rest of the month practicing Kerri's exercises. This course includes lessons on tension release, posture, breathing, flexibility, range and insights on chest-head-mixed voice. This is a part of a larger program - so get ready for month 2!
This is the second month of Kerri Ho's guided vocal workout. It is recommended that you take all three lessons of this course in quick succession; then, follow Kerri's actions as you build her exercises into your daily routine for the rest of this month. Your commitment to this program will pay big 'vocal dividends' in terms of your vocal power and stamina. Lessons address releasing tension, awareness of posture, breathing, developing resonance and lightening the chest voice.
This is the third month of Kerri Ho's guided vocal workout. It is recommended that you take all three lessons of this course in quick succession; then, follow Kerri's actions through the month as you build her exercises into your daily routine. The lessons in this course deepen many of the themes Kerri has introduced in months 1 and 2: releasing tension, posture, breathing, flexibility, range, lightening chest voice and singing in mixed voice.
Every singing journey is unique. Yet, every singing journey involves mastering some common elements. Nashville Vocal Coach Janine Le Clair helps you understand the key aspects of the learning journey in both its formal and informal dimensions. Then, Mark Baxter, vocal coach for Journey, Aerosmith and many others, explains how to get started with voice lessons. Armed with this information you can plan for your learning more effectively.
Celebrity Vocal Coach Lisa Popeil walks through the surprising career twists of female and male vocalists. Rather than sudden success, these have all faced numerous failures and setbacks. How they've persevered will inspire and inform any singer wishing to build their career.
Some singers are able to create a unique and memorable performance - even when they are singing well-known covers. How do they do it? In this course, two experienced coaches answer this question by having you explore your connection to yourself and your music. Musical Director Matthew Howe outlines the steps singers take in developing a truthful performance - this includes lessons on connecting with the lyrics, movement, and exploring one's self-identity as a singer. In the final lesson, Vocal Coach Mark Baxter shares insights on mental preparation for a performance.
This course will make you confident in following along with your choir - whether or not your group uses sheet music or relies on ear. Music teacher Kathy Alexander has led many choirs and has worked with singers around the world. Now, she takes you into her studio to show you how to find your place in the music and understand the essential concepts that can release your singing potential.
Follow your music with greater confidence and understanding. Kathy Alexander's experience as a musician and teacher spans choral music to garden gigs. This course enables you to take your first steps with Choral Music, Lead Sheets, and Chord Charts. It even challenges you to value and deepen your ability to follow music by ear.
Award-winning Jazz vocalist Emily Braden believes that you can "land" a gig at a venue that is just right for you. She takes you through the entire process from writing that first email through to your first performance. The business-side of gigging involves both hard work and skills, but Emily gives you the practical advice you'll need to succeed. This course includes lessons on getting jazz gigs and negotiating fees with a jazz club.
Move from merely copying songs to covering them in your unique style. Vocal Coach Mark Baxter teaches you how do to this by guiding you through a series of steps from song choice to vocal embellishments. You will learn how genre, gender, tempo, key and your unique voice can all play a part of creating your interpretation. No longer will you be seen as a diluted version of the singer you are trying to copy - but as the unique singer you are.
Your daily practice can become a gateway to new singing abilities and creative expression. But how can we get out of our ruts? Juliet Russell is one of London's top vocal coaches; she will show you how to play with new vocal skills and ideas. Lessons include following Juliet through a number of fun vocal challenges and exercises.
This course contains everything you need to produce a quality vocal recording from multiple vocal takes of the same song - no prior recording experience is needed. Bassist and Vocalist Kaitie Sly walks you through all the steps from getting your gear set up through to the final export of your vocal track. Lessons include: understanding the process, signal flow, setting up your gear, getting your space ready, working with a DAW, tracking your recording, editing vocals, and processing & exporting your recording. The course is taught using Apple's Logic Pro, with action videos using PreSonus Studio One. The techniques apply to any DAW you want to use.
Singing with strength and volume is not limited to a select few, but is available to all singers. Mark Baxter, vocal coach for Journey, Aerosmith and many others, believes that with the right mindset and exercises all singers can develop a stronger vocal sound. This course includes lessons which explore the relationship between vocal health and singing volume and provides exercises which can be used daily to develop singing strength.
Award-winning Jazz vocalist Emily Braden shows that vocal improvisation is within your reach. First, Emily focuses on improvising on an established melody in ways that enhance the meaning of the song. Then, Emily introduces a three-step process for learning how to do vocal scatting. Through it all, Emily demonstrates how improvisation is done and provides exercises so that you can learn these skills on your own. This course applies to singers of any contemporary genre.
Intervals are the building blocks of every melody you have ever sung. Kathy Alexander is a music teacher, voice specialist and author. She believes that singers who train in intervals will improve their tuning and understanding of music - and gain an essential skill needed to sight-read. In these lessons Kathy teaches your first two intervals with song examples and guided exercises. She explains key insights such as the metaphorical "inner ear" and the benefits of ear training.
Are you interested joining an auditioned choir, but aren't sure where to begin? Award-Winning Choral Director Brian Wismath will help you have confidence and calm as you approach your audition by explaining what to expect and how to prepare. You will learn ways to improve your choral skills at home including exercises for breathing and tone development.
Ever been worried because your voice doesn't seem to be working properly before a performance? This course will give you the tools you need to keep your voice healthy. More importantly, you will learn how to feel in control by understanding basic vocal health. Speech Pathologist, Vocologist and Singer Alysia Jeske will teach you how the vocal folds work and you'll learn practical vocal health strategies from Voice Teacher Mark Baxter. Mark reveals how he learned to manage a heavy vocal load the hard way - so you don't have to!
Knowing your vocal range - and the steps you can take to sing more effectively across your entire range - may be the way forward in realizing your singing potential. Music Teacher and Voice Specialist Kathy Alexander guides you in finding your true range, dispels myths about expanding your vocal range and gives you essential building blocks to understanding the science of your sound.
An effective performance begins with effective communication between the singer and their band. Award-winning singer Emily Braden regularly needs to share her musical vision with different bands, in different cities - across the world. She shares her insights on this crucial task. Lessons include how to become an effective band leader and band-leading gestures.
There's just nothing like the magic of two voices unfolding in seamless harmony. Music Teacher and Voice Specialist Kathy Alexander shows how all singers can move beyond mastering the melody into complementing their song with an appropriate harmony part. Kathy teaches how to do this by running through the basics of two-part, parallel harmonies. These lessons feature details on how both male and female singers can sing a high or low harmony part regardless of whether or not one reads musical notation (though, notation is provided with these lessons for singers who wish to use it).
Discover how to move both yourself and your audience by connecting more deeply with your music. You will be guided on this quest by three experts: Matthew Howe is an award-winning director, Jaime Babbitt is a leading session singer and former coach with Disney and Juliet Russell is a celebrity vocal coach, singer, composer and choir director. Lessons include how to develop a truthful performance, how to move an audience, and how to sing with emotion.
Learn the building blocks of singing with one of LA's top vocal vocal coaches. Lisa Popeil takes you on a journey of the four areas that can set your singing free: breath and body support, determining your vocal range, the basics of music notation and phrasing choices made by leading artists. You will "step into" Lisa's studio and receive the expert instruction she gives to leading singers across the world.
If you're a singer of contemporary genres and aspire to create memorable vocal performances, then it's time for some coaching tips from a pro. Janine Le Clair is one of Nashville's leading coaches, working with professional and aspiring singers. In this course she introduces you to a variety of tips, from how to favor vowel sounds which "shine" for you right now, to key elements of song interpretation.
Stepping out to share what is important to you will sometimes attract hatred and cruelty. In the world of the internet, the chances of encountering hatred is multiplied exponentially. Award-winning vocalist Emily Braden shares deeply from her own experiences, with insights on how she has coped and found the strength to move ahead with her singing dreams. Lessons include how to manage online cruelty, develop mental health and how to distinguish between criticism and cruelty.
Have you ever seen a sheet of music with chords, perhaps some notes - and little else? Music Teacher and Singer Kathy Alexander will get you ready for those gigs where having some basic chart-reading skills will enable your singing to soar. You will be introduced to several kinds of lead sheets and will also learn how to make the most of what is there (and not there) on a chord chart.
Singers can deepen their love of and their connection to a genre by understanding how it developed and where it began. Director Matthew Howe takes you on a journey beginning in the early 1900's and ending at current times, giving you a broad overview of the shows, the composers and the movements that shaped musical theater as we know it today.
Confront basic singing challenges head-on.This course is designed to help you move past fears that face singers wanting to improve their technique. You'll join two prestigious vocal coaches: Jaime Babbitt (former Vocal Coach for Disney) and Mark Baxter (former Coach for Journey, Aerosmith and many others). Lessons include understanding your vocal strengths and weaknesses, singing in tune, how to sing low with a great tone, overcoming singing "flat," and vibrato.
Becoming hoarse or losing your voice - partially or fully - can be the most stressful and demoralizing experience singers ever face. In this course, you will learn from a speech-pathologist, a transformational coach and several voice teachers about how to navigate common vocal troubles the smart way. You'll learn what to do when you must perform despite having a cold. You will be able to take charge instead of worrying with Mark Baxter's way of testing your own vocal health. Plus, you'll learn all about voice specialists and what they can do for you. Finally, you'll grasp the psychological side of vocal recovery after illness or injury.
The same rituals that help us manage a new situation can become ruts which hold us back from taking new directions. In this course, Vocal Coach Mark Baxter shows how rituals can help singers manage and succeed in new situations. He also reveals that there are times when defying those same rituals can lead to new possibilities in our singing and performances.
When you are singing in front of an audience, looking your best can really boost your confidence. Makeup Artist Christie Norman has worked internationally with singers and actors for film, television and stage. She demonstrates how to do a basic bold look on model Susan Nguyen with lots of tips and tricks. This course will cover everything from foundation to eyeshadow to lip gloss application.
When you are singing in front of an audience, looking your best can really boost your confidence. Makeup Artist Christie Norman has worked internationally with singers and actors for film, television and stage. She demonstrates how to do a basic fresh look on model Christelle Plonka with lots of tips and tricks. This course will cover everything from foundation to eyeshadow to lip gloss application.
When you are singing in front of an audience, looking your best can really boost your confidence. Makeup Artist Christie Norman has worked internationally with singers and actors for film, television and stage. She demonstrates how to do a bold look on model Melissa Smith with lots of tips and tricks. This course will cover everything from foundation to eyeshadow to lip gloss application.
When you are singing in front of an audience, looking your best can really help you feel confident. Makeup Artist Christie Norman has worked internationally with singers and actors for film, television and stage. She demonstrates how to do a basic smoky eye look on model Emily Spargo with lots of tips and tricks. This course covers everything from foundation to eyeshadow and lip gloss application.
Being able to step on stage with great makeup requires the right tools. Makeup Artist Christie Norman has worked internationally with singers and actors for film, television and stage. She teaches you about the essential makeup brushes and products you need - especially if you are watching your budget. Christie also gives you advice on how to build a full makeup tool kit.
If you've ever thought recording was too complicated or scary, there is a product you likely already own that can get you started: your phone. Recording with your mobile phone -- without any accessories -- is a great place to get started. Sound Engineer and Technologist Kevin Alexander starts things off by demonstrating the two different types of microphones. This helps you understand the type of recording that is possible with any smartphone. Whether for practicing or reviewing performances, recording on your phone is for all singers.
When we know WHY we are singing, we have the motivation, focus and energy needed to develop our voice and our musicality. We've brought together four talented vocal coaches to share their reasons for being excited about the sining journey: Mark Baxter reveals why he believes singing is "worth it," Jaime Babbitt shares tips on overcoming self-criticism, Simone Niles shows how singers can love the sound of their own voices and Matthew Howe helps singers get excited about pushing the boundaries on their emotional connection to their music.
This course is for choirs or ensembles seeking to achieve "tighter" and more cohesive sounds when it comes to expressing lyrics. Two expert Choir Directors, Brian Wismath and Juliet Russell use their choirs to demonstrate key choices when it comes to diction. Lessons cover: consistent vowel sounds for choir, sibilants, diphthongs, onsets, reducing tongue tension and creating purposeful textual interpretations. You will see both an auditioned classical choir and a non-auditioned contemporary choir at work.
Something as small as singing the beginning of a single note can have a powerful effect on your interpretation and performance. Join Vocal Coach, Singer and Composer Juliet Russell as she works with you on sharpening your sound. Lessons include understanding onset types, tongue training and learning about sibilants - though you'll see these demonstrated by a choir, solo singers will also learn valuable lessons.
Intervals are the building blocks of every melody you have ever sung. Kathy Alexander is a music teacher, voice specialist and author. She believes that singers who train in intervals will improve their tuning and understanding of music, and gain an essential skill needed to sight-read. Lessons include how to sing and recognize 2nds, 3rds, 4ths and 5ths. Kathy gives you song examples and guided exercises so that you can master these intervals in your own practice.
It's possible to sing well and play the guitar - at the same time. Former Vocal Coach for Disney and Session Singer Jaime Babbitt gives you her "how to practice" checklist and provides essential insights on posture and breathing. Jaime also shares tips as you get ready for a performance. Lessons include how to practice for guitar-singing and singing & playing the guitar on stage.
Intervals are the building blocks of every melody you have ever sung. Kathy Alexander is a music teacher, voice specialist and author. She believes that singers who train in intervals will improve their tuning and understanding of music, and gain an essential skill needed to sight-read. Lessons include the tritone, the major and minor seventh, and major and minor 6th. Kathy gives you song examples and guided exercises so that you can master these intervals in your own practice.
Setting up and running a sound system is within your reach. Technologist and Sound Engineer Kevin Alexander has helped countless singers realize that they can rely more on themselves to create the sound they want. In this course, Kevin will teach the main parts of any sound system, how to hook things up, avoid feedback and use a microphone effectively.
It's time to embrace who you are as a singer and move toward your dreams. International Singing Teacher and Voice Coach Kerri Ho shows you how to acknowledge your fears and make solid progress on your singing goals. Lessons include insights on attitudes, practice, planning - and understanding your identity as a singer & as a human being. This course comes packed with exercises and actions that you can implement immediately.
Do you want to sing the highest and lowest notes of your range with power and resonance? In this course you will join two professional vocal coaches as they train you to access your full range. Mark Baxter (vocal coach for Journey, Aerosmith and many others) shows you how to visualize high notes and Jaime Babbitt (vocal coach at Disney and leading session singer) shares her conviction that you can sing low with resonance.
Knowing how your voice actually works can be a key step in gaining control of your singing practice and performance. Speech-Pathologist, Vocologist and Singer Alysia Jeske helps singers find healthy ways of singing. She introduces you to the wonderful world of voice physiology by teaching you all about the parts of the voice and how they work. You will learn about the layers of the vocal folds, how the larynx works and the muscles of the neck.
The songwriting process can begin either with a musical or a textual idea. This course explores how starting with text, such as a poem, can shape the creation of a song in powerful ways. Songwriter Emily Braden takes us on a songwriting journey, using her own compositions to demonstrate how to bring musical life to the words that inspire you.
Every serious singer will benefit from knowing how specialists can help with their voice. Alysia Jeske is a singer, vocologist and speech-pathologist who works professionally with singers so that they achieve a healthy singing voice. She explains what an E.N.T. doctor, a speech pathologist and a vocologist do and how each one can help you keep your voice at its best. She will also "take you into her office" to demonstrate some of the tools and therapies you might encounter at your first appointment with a speech pathologist.
As a vocal coach to Journey, Aerosmith, and many other groups, Mark Baxter has seen how a knowledge of basic vocal heath can set singers free. In this course, he takes you on a whirlwind tour of vocal health essentials, revealing the relationship between vocal health and lifestyle, providing tips on diet and sleep, and sharing basic technique for healthy singing.
Adding just the right vocal effect - at the right time - can take your live performances to new heights. Sound Engineer Kevin Alexander shows you how using live effects is within the reach of every singer. He demonstrates a variety of vocal effects with Award Winning Singer Emily Braden. This course will introduce the "mainstays" of the effects world such as tone, reverb and doubling. It will also give insights on popular effects such as harmonies, pitch correction and distortion.
Many singers who try hard to sing with power often lose vocal strength. Why? Because strain and muscle tension are the enemies of powerful singing. Mark Baxter has been a vocal coach for Journey, Aerosmith and many others. His techniques have helped these groups - and singers around the world - achieve the sound they want. In this course you will be introduced to several exercises aimed at re-setting and re-energizing your voice.
How can singers with a heavy vocal load sing powerfully day after day? Vocal Coach Mark Baxter says it is because they have learned to use the two "bookends" every time they sing - a vocal warmup and a vocal cool down. In this course, Mark gives you practical tools that you can add to your practice and performance routine.
Mark Baxter has coached some of the world's most famous singers and has seen, first hand, the power of the right warmup to make a performance both possible and powerful. In this course, Mark demonstrates four different warmups; the one you choose will be dependent on your vocal condition and the length of your performance. You'll also get instruction on two exercises vital to a strained voice: laryngeal massage and straw phonation.
Singing isn't only about the vocal chords - it's about our entire body. Choir Director, Vocal Coach and Singer Juliet Russell shows how choirs can find new freedom and energy for singing through a physical warmup and focus on posture. This course will benefit choir directors and choristers/ensemble members alike. Lessons include being guided through a full body warmup and understanding how posture can be reinforced during a rehearsal.
It's time to take action on your desire to sing. You'll be guided by a former Vocal Coach for Disney, Jaime Babbitt. She will give you essential insights on creating a practice routine that works for you, show you what can be learned from reality singing competitions, and how to counter negative feelings about your singing. Lessons include time management, the perils & pitfalls of smartphones, the value (and not) of reality shows and moving past self-criticism.