Picture credits: Sheela Udvarlaky Photography
When I am asked, what do you do? I respond a “Voice Coach”
People immediately associate me with programmes about singing.
They are very surprised to find that there is a difference between a Voice Coach, Vocal Coach, and a Voice (Speech) Therapist.
So, for clarity’s sake I’ll give you a brief overview of the subtle differences between these three specialist roles.
Usually works with the voice to enhance and augment speech/communication to improve confidence and self-esteem
Is a music teacher, who instructs singers on how to improve their technique, as well as care for and develop the voice. They also assist singers/dancers/actors to prepare for performance.
VOICE (SPEECH) THERAPIST:
Uses techniques to manage vocal disorders such as voice impairment, or for improving the voice for singing or acting. They also help to achieve gender specific intonation (i.e. for trans gender persons).
Now that I have clarified the differences between the roles, it might not surprise you that these roles often overlap and complement each other.
I identify as a Voice Coach, because I generally help people deal with self - esteem and confidence issues using their voice; particularly communication issues. I am also a highly-experienced Jazz vocalist, and have learned Voice therapy modalities to add to my Voice Coaching repertoire. I prefer to use vocal techniques from all three specialist roles, and can therefore assist a wider demographic with their vocal challenges.
Voice Coaching can be 1-2-1 and personalised; small, supportive groups; or larger workshop settings.
My sessions are based on a programme developed over the last decade or so.
Six sessions; six simple questions that put you on a new path towards a more fulfilling lifestyle
REDISCOVER YOUR VOICE
A gentle journey to reconnect with your true voice
THE POWER OF YOUR VOICE
Making a positive impact when delivering your message
USING YOUR VOICE AT WORK
Building confidence when using your voice in the work environment
SPEAKING IN PUBLIC
Expressing yourself clearly and effectively in a group or presentation