Laurel is a vocal coach and performer with a long history of singing in various bands ranging from cover bands to original rock as well as writing and recording her own music. She is a classically trained actress with a Bachelor of Arts in Theater Arts from California State University, Northridge and has starred in several musicals and plays in Los Angeles as well as Hawaii where she lived most recently before returning to the mainland. She has also worked as a professional actress in film and TV and was a voice over casting director for several years. Currently Laurel is the lead singer in the band Emergence which will be making its debut in summer 2017 in Ventura County.
Laurel has been trained through Seth Riggs Speech Level Singing and the Institute for Vocal Advancement (IVA). These methods help singers obtain optimum results using exercises specific to their vocal type to increase control and strengthen the mix between head and chest voice. Singers are able to sing in any style without straining, cracking or causing damage to their vocal cords. Laurel is passionate about helping her students release their true voices and unleash their maximum singing potential.
*** Lesson Details ***
Our method is derived from the Bel Canto technique of singing which has been historically used by opera singers though it can be applied to any genre of music. Teaching this method helps our students sing with a relaxed and open voice, adequate support and use of the diaphragm for breathing and control, and proper and effective use of vowels while transitioning between registers in the voice. Through vocal exercises customized to the student's individual vocal type and characteristics, the student will learn how to sing with a proper mixed vocal sound which is explained further below.
We focus on assisting a singer through his or her vocal range from lowest notes (chest register) to highest notes (head register), safely, effortlessly, without strain, tension or loss of control. The goal is to sing with a clear solid and connected tone free from breaks or forcing pitches which results in tightness, yelling or voice flipping into an airy-sounding pitch. The student improves their singing using a low and stable larynx which is the key to producing a mixed sound and mastering singing.
Ultimately the secret to reaching your full vocal potential lies in mastering the vocal bridges which assist in the transition between registers. This technique not only allows you to sing in a safe manner but will effectively balance and strengthen your voice. Once you make the commitment to taking consistent lessons, practicing and singing correctly as much as possible, you will become the singer you have always believed you could be!
*** Studio Equipment ***
Yamaha keyboard, speakers and monitor to play background music and lyrics
*** Specialties ***
Improvement of singing pitch and range
Choosing the right songs for your vocal type
Learning to sing in a correct and safe manner
Balancing the voice from bottom register to top
Elimination of cracking, reaching and straining
Building dynamics and breath control
Stage performance and finding truth and emotion
Speech and Acting