Correct breathing for singers begins with a spontaneous open breath.  Upon inhalation, if ones hands are placed on the stomach - an inch below belly button, the hands will be pushed out by stomach muscles.  The singer's shoulders should be relaxed and not move up.  Neck and jaw should be relaxed.  Jaw needs to be unhinged.  Phonation begins with the movement of the stomach inward, where one is singing while pulling the stomach muscles in.  This is called "singing on the breath."  The phonation ends with the release of the abdominal muscles.  It's important to note that phonation should be ended with the release of the abs and not in one's throat, which is vocally abusive.

Voice lessons are currently being offered through the WIU Community Music School for singers of all ages, levels, and styles. Students study in a one-on-one weekly private lesson. Over the course of regular weekly study, students have the opportunity to hone their skills and realize their potential in a non-competitive environment, while receiving guidance in achieving their personal goals. In a space of self-exploration and discovery, learning skills and self-teaching techniques are instilled in order to foster life-long inquiry and passion for singing.


Jeannie Deva helped thousands around the world to improve their vocal performance as one of the top Voice and Performance Coaches in the world. Her clients included Grammy Award winners, multi-platinum recording artists and leads in iconic Broadway shows. She was a member of the Grammy committee, published author, clinician, vocal producer and founder of The Deva Method® used by singers and voice teachers around the world. As a session vocal coach she worked with producers and engineers for such luminaries as Aerosmith, The Rolling Stones, The Cars and Amy Winehouse. Jeannie taught at ArtistWorks until she passed in 2016.

Want to be the superstar at your next round of karaoke? In this fun and interactive class, your vocal teacher will provide tips for making the perfect song choice so you can impress your audience with a memorable performance! You’ll discuss the different types of singers, how to pick the perfect song, and how to improve your showmanship. One-on-one instruction and in-depth topic discussions will have you stealing the show at karaoke nights for years to come.
Alison Huntley is currently a Graduate Assistant at WIU pursuing a Master's Degree in Choral Conducting. Previously, Alison graduated from WIU in 2015 with a Bachelor's Degree in Choral Music Education and Vocal Performance, and then spent a year teaching K-12 General Music and Choir. Miss Huntley is active with the University Singers, Madrigal Singers, and Opera Theatre.

Riley could not even look adults in the eye when speaking to them when Steve began teaching her at age 10. But by the time she graduated high school at 18, she had blossomed into a very powerful, skilled, and controlled singer who had starred in several school productions and won several awards and accolades such as the NJ NATS award and the NJ All-State Honors Choir.

I am a Grammy Award winner Music Producer and Studio vocalist. I have worked with Shakira and Julio Iglesias. Graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston. I have done many recording sessions in Miami, Boston, Los Angeles, Spain. I speak fluent English and Spanish. I have developed a vocal technique that has helped many students and professional singers. www.paulhoyle.com Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/PaulHoyleMusicProductions/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/paul-hoyle-89397110/ ... View Profile 

I had struggled with my singing for a while, and thought i was losing what talent i had. I bought this book to see if it would help me a little. It is maybe the second or the third of its kind i have bought over the years, so i didn't have my hopes too high. Well, it helped me SO MUCH. My voice has improved so much in a short time. I have really stretched my vocal cords using her techniques. I actually really enjoyed the whole process, and no longer feel like my singing talent is dwindling. My voice is getting stronger. I love the exercises and particularly the breathing techniques.
A description of how the vocal folds produce sound, including photos of real live vocal folds! You will learn how they come together for phonation (singing/speaking etc), and what they are doing at rest. You will also learn where they are placed in the throat. This lecture will help you understand why good vocal technique is important, and behind a sore or inflamed throat (and how to avoid it if you can!)
There exists a science that dictates how a beautiful tone is produced.  One of the things that can give a singer a gorgeous tone is the use of vocal resonances.  These resonances (Frontal sinus, Sphenoid sinus, Maxillary sinus and Ethmoid air cells) enhance phonation in quality of tone, intensity and color.  This results in a beautiful, rich and unique sound.   In contrast, resonating poorly will make one's voice sound thin and ordinary.  At "Beautiful Voice NJ" students spend of part of their private singing lesson learning how to resonate.

Many of us have seen it happen while watching singing competition shows like The Voice, American Idol, or The X Factor— “You’re voice is incredible, but the song choice was all wrong.”  It usually ends with an elimination, especially if it is a consistent pattern.  You might love a certain genre of music, but knowing whether a song is a good fit for your voice and audition is critical. Like many things, success is dependent on knowing your strengths and showcasing them.  So what are the best so
Please do not pass over this course when you see that it covers the ANATOMY of singing. Roma starts at the beginning because that is how we learn, at the beginning. I am not new to singing but was feeling rusty on my skills/knowledge. She includes so much information that you get to print and keep forever, including a vocal warm-up cd that you may download. Sometimes she is on video for warm-ups and talks to you like you are in the room with her. I recommend this course to anyone and everyone.
Are you a teen looking for information on furthering your singing path? This is a wonderful, concise guide that will bring you clarity. Are you the parent of a teen studying voice? This book would be great for your daughter! The Teen Girls' Singing Guide is written in a friendly style while imparting a ton of information, with youtube links for helpful videos and input from guest instructors. It will help you to assess your own goals and consider how to move forward with your studies. I especially loved all the career options for singers, including many helpful links and organization info. There are many ways to be a professional musician, and a professional singer. Written like a conversation with a good friend, or a kind teacher.
There are five main things that can make a huge difference in the quality of music instruction your child receives, the amount of extra work and hassles the parents must deal with, and the overall enjoyment and satisfaction of being involved with a music program. Here are 5 things that every parent should consider before deciding on a music studio for their child. 1.  Are Music Studios Sound Insulated? Out attractive music studios are also sound insulated with observation window and doors to give students and parents a sense of “open doors” comfort and security.  It also gives parents an opportunity to observe how th ... View Profile
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