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    Vocalogy uses functional voice principles in teaching voice.

    Grace Ng Ee Wern holds professional certification in Somatic Voicework (TM). Somatic Voicework is a organised method of training for Contemporary Commercial Music (CCM)  (‘Pop Music’) styles that may be used for classical singing styles as well. It was developed by New York singing coach Jeanette LoVetri, who is one of the world’s foremost researchers and teachers of functional voice.

    Famous Somatic Voicework(TM) students include actors Christy Altomare (Anastasia), Sutton Foster (Anything Goes), Daniel Radcliffe, and Grammy-award winners singers Meredith Monk and Adele.

    What is a functional voice?

    Functional Voicework refers to how the larynx functions when producing sound. Sound should be easily produced and clear and on pitch across the whole range, in all vocal registers. Volume changes should be effortless with no cracks in the voice.

    Precision-work. No cracks

    The tilting of the cricoid cartilage determines the pitch. The longer the vocal fold, the higher the pitch. The shorter the vocal fold, the lower the pitch. Watch it here:

    How does it work?

    At the level of the larynx, functional voice looks to the balance of the thyroarytenoid/vocalis muscle and the crycothyroid muscle in the context of the particular musical project (e.g genre of music, duration of performance, type of musical theatre show performed) and in the context of the age and stamina level of the performer.

    The thyro-arytenoid muscle is one of the muscles involved in the closing of the vocal folds. Vocal fold closure produces sound.

    Cracking and pitch sharping occurs where there is a muscular imbalance in the crycothyroid (CT) and thyroarytenoid (TA) for that particular pitch at a particular volume. 

    In cracking, the CT moves too rapidly for the TA to catch up. Alternatively, too much air is forced on the vocal folds for that pitch. In order to protect the vocal folds from injury, the brain causes the note to crack.

    In pitch sharping, the TA is too loose to stabilise the forward tilt of the thyroid cartilage by the CT at the desired pitch. 

    In pitch flatting, the TA is too tight for the CT to stretch to the desired length that corresponds with the pitch.

    Because the vocal folds work in the same way in making sound in both singing and speech, we  can teach all genres of singing and work on your speaking voice as well.

    Book a lesson with one of our Teachers  for a customised analysis.

    Results. All over the world. 

    Our students have done consistently well in singing competitions and talent competitions in Singapore & overseas.

    Competitions our students have entered, won or placed:-

    • American Protege (USA): 1st and 2nd prizes. Ongoing annual participation.
    • AsianArts Awards (Singapore/ASEAN): Multiple Gold Awards
    • Llangollen International Music Festival (Wales), VIenna Virtuoso (Vienna), Associatione Culturale MELOS ‘Grand Prix’ (Tokyo/Rome/various locations),Brilliant Talent Development Award (Italy), Singapore Lyric Opera- ASEAN Vocal Competition (Singapore/ASEAN), B*Dazzled (Singapore), Asian Dreamerz (Singapore/ASEAN), and more.

     

    In addition to the above, our students are regularly selected for ChildAid concerts, selected as finalists or winners in local competitions and are regularly selected as winners of New York-based American Protege International Vocal Competition where they perform in Winners Recitals are held annually in Carnegie Hall, New York.
    Peak Performance. No Fear.
    Ms Grace Ng uses her training as a professional clinical hypnotherapist to come up with Hypnosis Audio aids to help you function at your best.

    Hypnosis is a naturally occurring phenomenon. It occurs when the person is in a focussed state of attention. The focus is so intense that other things around him/her are ignore. Some examples of this state are: driving, watching movies, reading, listening to music, watching a play. A hypnotic state also occurs naturally just before sleep.

    In this state, the person is highly suggestible. The conscious mind- the part of the brain that thinks, is not activated. Suggestions go straight to the unconscious mind in a form of behavioural re-programming. However, the function of the unconscious mind is to protect the person.  The subject is fully in control. He or she can refuse the suggestions given and come out of hypnosis if there is a perceived sense of threat.

    Hypnosis is used by elite sports athletes for performance enhancement. It works by   getting your conscious mind, the part of you that doubts and worries and fears, out of the way, and getting you to focus on what you need to do in order to succeed. Clinical hypnotherapy can be used for motivation, for relaxation, enhanced focus, positive behavioural change, positive behavioural reinforcement and for inculcating a host of other beneficial behaviour.

    Check out our Music Examination Anxiety, Stage Performance Anxiety (Enhanced) and other Hypnosis audios at our Store for peak performance today!