It's all good.
It may have been years since you took a voice lesson. You may never have tried singing "microphone styles."
You might be that teacher who keeps in shape. Someone who performs regularly. Someone who takes regular lessons or checks in with a coach from time to time.
You have your own story as a singer.
You’re not too classical, too old, or too “whatever” to be explore a new technique for microphone singers.
Neuroplasticity is forever! Your brain is always changing, and changing it on purpose to affect your singing is fun!
You’ll love the new sounds you hear yourself making, the youth that it brings to your sound, and the control you have. It feels delicious, sounds authentic, and every classical singer I’ve taught has said it improves their classical chops as well!
You’re an artist. Music is your art form and voice is your medium. You need to express yourself. Your real self. The way you hear and love music. There’s nothing more exhilarating than hearing your musical intention sail effortlessly out of your mouth! And... few things as disheartening as finding a barrier between that intention and its expression.
My teaching style is respectful of all you know. We’ll build on your existing knowledge to help you create a confident sound for contemporary styles. Whether you’re a university-trained classical singer, a musical theater expert, or you’ve been teaching voice with no degree but a lot of experience, it’s all good! As you understand the new tools, you can add them to your own tool belt!
New to Neuro-Vocal Method?
The Introduction Session gives us a little more time to talk about you.
What's going on with the voce, your goals and questions, me doing a little magic wand stuff.
Are you really ready to love your contemporary styles singing sound?
Packages come with terrific extras!
Ongoing support with detailed notes after each session, text, email, and Marco Polo
Free e-copy of Money Notes: How to Sing High, Loud, Healthy, and Forever
Free MP3 downloads (all voice types) of guide tracks for all the exercises in Money Notes
Rescheduling privileges up to 24 hours
Love your voice with the 6-session package...
6-session PACKAGE subscription
...or the 10 session Neuro-Vocal Brain Plasticity package!
10-session PACKAGE subscription
Returning or current clients are free to schedule a single session.
A little about me...
This is not the bio for everyone. It's the one for you. We're probably a lot alike.
I didn't set out to create anything new. But I’m a problem solver at my core, and I had a problem. My problems started when I was 13.
I was, as you all were, a kid with a pretty voice and a love of singing. I took voice lessons throughout high school. Classical lessons. I didn’t know from classical singing. I listened to Chaka Khan, Natalie Cole, and Rickie Lee Jones. I wanted to sing like them.
But by the time I got out of high school I was already pretty far from being able to sing like them. By the time I graduated college - with my Studio Music & Jazz degree and five more years of classical lessons - I was basically screwed. I wasn’t a good classical singer because I wasn't passionate about classical music, and I wasn’t a good pop singer because I’d had nine years of classical voice lessons.
Somehow I got a job with a top 40 road band. I sang 5-6 nights a week, 3-4 hours a night. By the end of 9 months I had completely trashed my voice. I quit because I had to.
After six months of living in my parents basement, taking piano lessons, and healing, I moved to Chicago to become a freelance singer. I found a teacher who taught Speech Level Singing, and felt as though I was ACTUALLY singing for the first time in my life. So I took a year of post-grad vocal ped and set out to teach voice.
During this time three things are happening to me, and they are completely unrelated. About 15-ish years later they would come together, but I didn't know that then.
I had discovered the books of Oliver Sacks, the neurologist and author, which planted the seed that bloomed into my interest in neurology.
I was singing between one and three gigs every weekend - sometimes more - with really loud bands.
I was teaching 20-ish voice lessons a week to band singer, MT singers, and singer/songwriters.
Meredith the chick singer, 1994
So, here’s the thing with singing with a band:
you can’t hear yourself sing.
All those nuances that inform your acoustic singing? The hearing, and language, and emotion? When you’re standing in front of a six piece band, with a guitar amp in your right ear, a bass amp in your left ear, and a kick drum 18 inches from your butt, you don’t have that emotional and nuanced experience of singing. You’re in survival mode. You’re struggling to just make sure that you’re singing the right pitches and lyrics.
A singer of microphone music absolutely must master, before all else, the motor skill of singing. And because microphone singers are most often singing in these environments for long stretches of time - something between three and six hours, typically - singing MUST be a healthy version of that motor skill or vocal damage will happen.
Neuro-Vocal Method was what I eventually named my response to that reality. The reality was that, if a singer can’t hear themselves, then they must learn to rely on the physical sensations of singing in order to make sure they’re singing in both a healthy way, and a way that is an accurate response to their musical intentions in the moment.
I worked with other voice teachers, many microphone-singing students, my own singing, research papers and books, and a helpful neuroscience researcher. I slowly put things together. Now I have a thing that is remarkable. This perspective is reiterated to me often from voice teachers around the world. I'm humbled and thrilled when I consistently see the magic NVM brings to people's singing.
I'll look forward to working with you.