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Speaking Voice

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate

As a vocal coach of 5+ years of experience, I've helped hundreds of people become more confident on stage and taught them how to project their voice safely and comfortably. I specialize in proper breath support, diction, connecting with an audience, and self-confidence. I can help fix common issues such as a weak voice, breathiness, vocal cracking, poor pronunciation, stage fright, and more!

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About

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Norwood delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 10+ and special needs

Teaching since:
2014

I am a professional vocal coach with 5+ years of experience, as well as an international pop artist, actor, emcee and public speaker. I've studied a wide range of techniques including classical vocal training, contemporary singing, and the SLS (Speech Level Singing) method.

Over the years I've trained under the best vocal coaches in the nation including Jan Smith (Usher, Justin Bieber, Rob Thomas, etc.), RAab Stevenson (Justin Timberlake, Kelly Clarkson, Kelly Rowland, etc.), Lis Lewis (Maroon 5, Rihanna, etc.), and Renee Grant-Williams (The Dixie Chicks, Carrie Underwood, Christina Aguilera, etc).

This wide range of study combined with years of teaching and performance experience have given me a vast vocal vocabulary to help teach others the "secret sauce" of singing and speaking. I have experience teaching from ages 8+, for those with special needs, in a wide variety of styles and genres. I also teach professional speakers and actors how to use their speaking voice properly. My students say that I am a patient teacher who takes time to explain how the voice works and help them reach their potential.

My goal is to help share the fantastic techniques I've learned from the A-Level coaches with the masses at a fraction of the cost. Students of mine often hear a big improvement in their voice after only two weeks of lessons!

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Experience

Lead Vocal Coach and Co/Founder
Jan 2014 - Present
Total Vocal Experience

Headlining Performer
May 2018 - Aug 2018
Tour de Fierce

4 month, 5 country European Tour (United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Germany, and Sweden)

Headlining Performer
Jul 2017 - Jul 2017
World Pride Madrid

Performed at the closing ceremony of the largest pride festival in history (3 million in attendance)

Opening Act
Sep 2009 - Sep 2009
B.B. King


Education

SLS (Speech Level Singing)
Dec 2012 - Present
RAab Stevenson
Contemporary Vocal Training
Apr 2009 - Dec 2012
Renee Grant-Williams
Contemporary Vocal Training
May 2010 - Dec 2010
Lis Lewis
Contemporary Vocal Training
Sep 2007 - Apr 2009
Jan Smith Studios
Classical Vocal Training
Jan 2003 - Sep 2007
Valerie Kennedy

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
German
Limited Proficiency

Certifications

Head Vocal Instructor
Jul 2016
Total Vocal Experience

Awards

Atlanta's Next Legend
Jul 2014
Lenox Square
Macy's Rising Star 2009
Nov 2009
Macy's

Affiliations

BMI
Jun 2018

Broadcast Music Inc. was founded in 1939 by forward-thinkers who wanted to represent songwriters in emerging genres, like jazz, blues and country, and protect the public performances of their music. Operating on a non-profit-making basis, BMI is now the largest music rights organization in the U.S. and is still nurturing new talent and new music.

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Boys & Girls Club of America
Jun 2013

To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

The Recording Academy
Apr 2009

Celebrating music through the GRAMMY Awards for more than 50 years, The Recording Academy continues its rich legacy and ongoing growth as the premier outlet for honoring achievements in the recording arts and supporting the music community. The GRAMMYs are the only peer-presented award to honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position.

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Photos & Videos

Photo by Norwood M.
Photo by Norwood M.

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Opening act for B.B. King in 2009

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With legendary songwriter Steve Dorff, and X Factor UK winner Sam Bailey. I've had the pleasure of working with them both several times.

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Performing at the Puerta de Alcala in Madrid for "World Pride Madrid 2017"

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Band performance at the Legendary 4th of July, 2014
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8 Reviews

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Laura May 31, 2019
Singing · In home

Norwood is extremely humble and easy to work with. He never made me feel like I wasn’t good enough but always made me feel like I could reach a higher level of excellence for my unique range. He embraces each voice as its own and meets the student where they are at. He is extremely knowledgeable on how sounds are created, how space is made in the voice, and he is able to communicate that knowledge effectively to the student. In short, I loved having Norwood as a teacher.

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Tina May 30, 2019
Singing · In home

My 10-year-old son Lucky started taking lessons with Norwood a few months ago, and it’s like a star has been born! He has seen a big boost in his confidence, his pitch has gotten much better, and he really enjoys the lessons. He has even started performing! The changes have happened very fast.

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Jordan May 30, 2019
Classical Voice · In home

Norwood is an excellent teacher! He is very knowledgeable and is very kind. I was always very shy to sing, but Norwood helped me overcome that!

Cathryn May 30, 2019
Public Speaking · Online

Thanks to Norwood, I can honestly say I have greatly improved my skills as a professional speaker. I used to have a crack in my voice, and after just a few lessons it was GONE! I have also improved my tone, range, pitch, and overall communication skills. Every public speaker can benefit from Norwood's help.

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Ty May 30, 2019
Vocal Training · In studio

Norwood is a very insightful vocal instructor and teaches easy, effective techniques that work for speaking and singing. He also practices what he preaches!

Judy May 30, 2019
Broadway Singing · Online

My 11-year old daughter Danielle has made HUGE strides as a singer since Norwood has been coaching her! We not only rely on him to expand her range and musical interpretation, but when we have auditions the lessons with Norwood are tailor made for what we need.

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Sean May 30, 2019
Singing · In home

I’ve been working with Norwood for about 2 months, and I’ve really seen an improvement in my breath control. I’ve also been able to release a lot of the tension I had been feeling when reaching for those higher notes. Norwood is very knowledgable about singing, and he has a teaching style that is easy to understand. Everything I’ve learned has been very simple and easy to grasp.

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Sara May 30, 2019
Singing · In home

My son Jacob took lessons from Norwood, and after just a few lessons had gained a lot more knowledge and techniques that he didn't have before! His breathing improved, and his confidence came way up! 5 stars to Norwood!

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