A while back I had the opportunity to go to a workshop with a vocal coach named Tom Schilling. He is a well known coach within the US and Canada. I have to say that it is always fun going to different professional workshops because it allows me to gain new knowledge on different approaches to musical instruction! One thing I have consistently heard throughout my teaching career is that you never stop learning, and boy is that true! It is wonderful to be able to gain knowledge from some very talented people.
Tom's approach to singing, like other teachers I have gone to is about it being natural and fun....it's just how you get there that may be a little different. Tom discusses alot about having a relaxed jaw and just going for it! Something that I try to encourage my students to do. LESS IS MORE! Don't try to force anything, just sing naturally and usually my students discover that the voice works better.
Tom works out of an old beautiful church in Hamilton, Ontario where an assortment of people from every age and background come out to have some fun. It is a very relaxed, safe and non-judgemental atmosphere where absolutely no recording is allowed. I like this idea because as I have mentioned in previous posts, singing/performing/playing a solo instrument can be a very vulnerable experience. However, if you don't take the leap and get out of your comfort zone, you will never discover different aspects of yourself that will enrich your musical potential.
So, until next time,
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