I teach vocal improvisation in the UK and California. Here is a video about my work; follow the links below for more details.
I am realising my students tend to fall into one of about four categories:
The Developing Professional
Performers, recording artists tend to come to improvisation to tap into something a little wilder, deeper and truer than, perhaps, the box the market has placed them in. Choir leaders tend to come to widen their pallete of fun things to do with groups of singers!
The Wounded Graduate
Many talented musicians’ love of music leads them to do a music degree; in which some people seem to actually get further away from their natural, un-self-conscious, sacred, easeful musicality and voice. Improvisation helps them to reconnect to their musical core and freedom.
The Emerging Voice
At any time of life, some people reach a point when their voice bubbles up from inside of them saying, ‘let me out!’ And they say, ‘wow, what is in here?’ Improvisation provides the space to let the emerging voice find itself. Some of these people call me and say, “am I good enough to come?” And I say, ‘if your pitching is ok (if you can sing in tune), if you can feel a beat, and if you’re called to this work, then you’re perfect.’
The adventuring retiree
Older people seem to often be playful and adventurous and not quite so hung up on other things as the rest of us 🙂 And retirement can be a time when passions that didn’t get so much space in other times of life, can get attention. Thus, retirees on a musical, personal and vocal adventure often join the groups, and greatly enrich them. Thank you for coming.