Finding Your Voice

Singing Lessons, Workshops and Therapy.

Voicing Out

The Dance of Song

May 28th, 2014

It seems pretty obvious to an observer that one of the ways we humans demonstrate our innate musicality is through the desire most of us feel to move when we hear music. The rhythm starts and it feels that our toes start tapping of their own accord. Then, when we let go of our inhibitions, […]

This month I am thinking Vocal Noshes. That’s right: singing and food. Both bring joy and pleasure; and both can be the basis of forming community. The Vocal Nosh model was formed by Fay White who is an amazing “ear” musician (she plays music by ear rather than by using notation) from Central Victoria. She […]

Finding my voice…. again

March 11th, 2014

The thing about “finding your voice” is that it isn’t something that you do once, or even twice, it’s a life time of finding more and more and more. At least, that’s my experience. My voice and what I want to do with it changes over time. I began as a classical singer, then completely […]

Writing Retreats

October 29th, 2013

When I lived in Melbourne, I was lucky enough to have access to a remote property in Central Victoria for writing retreats. The novel I worked on there for many years is still unfinished, put aside for PhD and song writing, but the hours and days I spent writing on it were blissful. I had […]

Practicing Across The Joins.

September 8th, 2013

Often when students practice, they either sing or play the song/piece of music from beginning to end every time, and just hope they will not make that mistake they make every time this time, or that the difficult bit will get easy on its own. Other times students will practice the difficult bit on its own […]

Time to sing.

August 7th, 2013

This morning I enjoyed singing with some parents and their pre-school children. It’s one of the other hats I wear: I work for an organisation that sends me to different other organisations to run 8-10 week  music therapy programs. The idea is to get parents and children having fun together, learning about themselves and each […]

When I was at university, I caught a perfectionists disease. Okay, well, maybe I was already a bit of a perfectionist, but at Uni I somehow took on the belief that if I wasn’t going to be a world class  opera singer, then I should give up the idea of professional singing. Give up the […]

Thank you!

June 20th, 2013

The other day I was sitting on a rock at Bunnion Beach (that’s what the sign said, anyway). It was a weekday – lately I’ve been working through the weekend, and taking Tuesday as my weekend day – but despite that, there were quite a few people around as I walked along South Trigg beach. […]

Winter Wails

May 30th, 2013

Today in Perth there was no mistaking the onset of winter: squally winds, soaking rains, and at one point I was cold with three warm layers of clothing! If I could have spent the day, as I desired, curled up in bed with a good book and a couple of DVDs, I’d have enjoyed the […]

New students are sometimes surprised by how quickly a simple technical trick can positively transform their voices, fixing a pitch problem, helping them through that tricky place in their voice, adding volume and definition of sound. Students can also sometimes be overwhelmed initially, at the range of things  to think about and try to do […]

Raelene lives in Perth, Australia. She tours & is available for festivals, workshops, & country & interstate events.
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