Phil has worked as a singing teacher for the past ten years and before that worked extensively as a vocal coach or repetiteur for many years. The shift to working on actual vocal technique came about as a result of his increasing sense that the voice must be fully released in order for us to sing really well. Having suffered vocal problems himself, he has developed a model of singing technique that supports healthy, relaxed functioning of the vocal mechanism.
A clear model for developing a fully released singing voice
Phil uses a powerful, innovative model for vocal training that sits comfortably with many other schools and disciplines of vocal study, even ones that disagree with each other. He provides clear materials and a logical scheme of work. Phil recognises the danger of a one-size-fits-all, dogmatic approach and his model has a flexibility that means it easily adapts so that different voices use it in very different ways.
Each person has a unique voice and Phil understands how vital it is for voice students to release their authentic tone and not merely put on a voice that sounds impressive. With this clear model for vocal release, combined with his system of learning vocal musicianship, students can feel very confident and clear as they work to discover their true voice and sing with effortless freedom.
Expand your range and expressive power
Phil works with students to help them increase their vocal range both in terms of pitch and dynamics. His focus is always to ensure that the voice is produced freely and never using excessive tension or breath pressure against a closed throat, even when vocalising high or loud (vocal belt) notes. This way, using a fully supported voice, singers can perform technically demanding music for long periods without suffering from vocal fatigue.
To achieve this state of relaxed tone, singers are encouraged to investigate their internal blockages to free vocalisation and the uninhibited expressive use of their voices. This process can be very exciting, illuminating and almost therapeutic in nature.
Become a vocal musician with real skills
The musicianship training that Phil teaches means that singing students develop fluent musical skills such as sight-singing, vocal improvisation and the ability to harmonise effortlessly. Such skills are of course very useful in themselves but they also contribute directly to the expressive freedom and authenticity of the singer. A skilled vocal musician has a great sense of rhythm and tonality that allows for the development of true artistic expression rather than the kind of karaoke vocal mimicry that we hear too often these days.
Once students have mastered the foundations of vocal fluency, Phil is happy to prepare them for examinations if that is something they would like to do. Having vocal freedom and musical fluency, they can expect to achieve very high marks.
Discover your true, unique and healthy voice
Phil’s approach works very well with experienced singers and beginners alike, even people who are afraid to sing and would like to challenge this. Likewise, his model of how to develop free, effortless vocalisation and solid musicianship is very suited to professional or experienced singers who are looking to take their artistic development to the next level. It can also be an extremely helpful way for singers to develop greater confidence and overcome performance nerves as well as ironing out technical wrinkles. And because of his focus on the technical freedom and health of the singing voice, Phil can also help singers with the process of rehabilitating a voice that is suffering with vocal problems by gently exploring the effortless resonance and freedom of their natural true voice.