Performance Skills

Talent is inborn. But we can enhance and develop artistic potential by learning skills. It helps to be able to play, to have faith in ourselves, to know our signature strengths, be able to take feedback, and become increasingly comfortable with who we are. As was chiseled on stones of the Temple of Apollo at Delphi:

“Know Thyself”

Ancient Saying

We’re talking about personal authenticity.

“What is REAL?” asked the Rabbit one day…”Real isn’t how you are made,” said the Skin Horse. “It’s a thing that happens to you…You become.”

The Velveteen Rabbit, Margery Williams

In performance we draw on our own life experiences to understand a dramatic character. We reach into ourselves for any kind of “felt” connection, although our life circumstances and contexts may be completely different. This sense of shared understanding allows a performer to embody a character and play a part.

The first requirement of performance is choosing to show up and be present. This is your Warrior Aspect in Shamanic tradition.

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In terms of singing, it means being confident, prepared, and vocally in control. Of course, it is much easier to show up if you are prepared and feel sure that your voice will not let you down.

Sometimes performance nerves get in the way and then it can be helpful to have an Inner Diva (or Divo) take over! It’s a sort of personal “Patronus.” Here’s my Inner Diva at work…

Adèle Paxton; Photo: Jeffrey Hornstein, NY

When you work with me, I will help you to learn:

  • How to practice
  • What to practice
  • How to develop your artistry
  • Ways to work towards greater authenticity
  • How to develop a solid, healthy vocal technique – belt and legit
  • Breath coordination, management, and support
  • How to project your voice in larger spaces
  • Microphone technique
  • How to audition successfully
  • How to present your best self on stage
  • How to get to the heart of a dramatic character
  • Tools to help with performance anxiety
  • And more…
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I believe that singing lasts a lifetime: that we can all keep singing as long as we have breath in our bodies! I welcome all stages, talents, and ages as students:

  • Beginners and “Young at Heart”
  • High School age looking to prepare for college and university programs
  • Professionals with specific technical and artistic needs
  • Students in recovery from trauma, or after vocal surgery
  • Older singers
  • Music therapy students and therapists looking to develop their voices and use their voices for healing purposes in their work.

So what are you waiting for?

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