Today was the final session for an eight-week online singing teacher training course I lead quarterly. The focus at the end of the session was how to balance the artistic and emotional needs of our clients with the technical and physiological. Voice lessons Nashville
Fast-forward to 30 minutes after the class. I was teaching voice lessons in Nashville to a rather accomplished artist. It had been a month since our last lesson. “What is new with you in your singing and performing?” That rather simple question opened the door to a river of emotion and history.
We talked about the “story in her head” she has about her singing and how that story compares to other stories she could tell herself that contain more reality and compassion. This discussion led her to feel the effects of her habitual thoughts. Then she could acknowledge them gently as being no more than one version of the story, and give herself the opportunity to re-write her story.
Next we warmed her voice up and she sang a song that she didn’t feel terribly comfortable with. Her verdict after she sang it: It was 90% good. And it was 90% good – which is really good. Had we not taken the time to address “her story” about her singing, I’m pretty sure she wouldn’t have sung as well.
This is not the course of most lessons with this client. We usually do challenging technical work and apply that to her songs. But it was the course of today’s lesson. And because we honored spending time on the heart and artistry of her singing, she was able to make even more technical and emotive breakthroughs with her singing.
4 Steps to Balance Your Artistry and Technique:
- Write down a bold vision for yourself and your singing. What are you able to do in this vision? How are you able to do these things? How do you feel as you do them? This is a time to set the dream loose. Don’t hold back.
- What character, personality, and experience strengths do you posses that will help you reach this vision? How have you used your strengths in other situations, not related to singing and performing? How can you apply these same strengths to your singing and performing?
- What obstacles do you anticipate encountering along the way? What are possible ways to go around or remove these obstacles? For example, if you have some technical or style issues holding you back, is there someone you can work with to help you move beyond those? If you need more performance experience, how might you gain that? If you need to practice more, how can you organize your life and space so that can happen more easily?
- What are thinking and “doing” actions that you can take this week to move closer to your bold vision? List no more than 5. Then make a concrete plan for reaching each of those actions. For example, if you want to achieve a technical goal you might set aside 20 minutes daily to work on that one issue. Or, if one of the “old” stories in your head needs some modification, spend 15 minutes a day writing and telling yourself the story you now desire to believe about yourself.
There is something magical about combining artistic and technical goals. The effect is more than a simple doubling. Following the above steps will lead you to breakthroughs in your singing and artistry. And that is what will move you into your vision of who you want to be as a singer and artist. That’s some seriously good news.
Lisa Haupert is the new kid on the block in Nashville, bringing the Vocology in Practice Method to town. She knows how to apply current vocal science to the singing demands of popular singing and musical theatre while also helping the singer develop as an artist. Her clients get what they need to reach their artistic goals. She has an entire network of educators, musicians, producers, and songwriting coaches on her team to help her clients move forward and fully explore their artistry. Lisa formerly taught at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, and is currently teaching their voice fellows. She also taught at The State Theatre of North Carolina: Flat Rock Playhouse, and was a Level 5 teacher with Speech Level Singing. She provides Nashville Voice Coaching from her studio on Music Row and teaches throughout the world over the internet. She teaches other singing teachers the methods in the Be A Singing Teacher course, offering it quarterly in an online, interactive format. Voice Lessons Nashville