I am what you would call a vocologist or a “singing voice specialist”, a designation that has only recently come into the voice vocabulary. A specialist of this sort has training in voice performance, voice pedagogy and voice science that assists singers with their voice habilitation needs. Given this background, I teach singing using a systematic program that includes voice-building exercises that encourage healthy and robust singing and allow students to understand, appreciate and take ownership of their own vocal development. Want to learn how to sing and finally feel like you understand and can trust your own instrument? I can help.
Singing voice rehabilitation
Unfortunately, singers can sometimes experience problems with their voice. Symptoms can include: loss of vocal stamina or range, loss of one's ability to manage dynamics, hoarseness, intermittent voice loss, and even pain. Singers that are worried about their voice should consult with an Ear Nose and Throat Doctor, and thereafter, to seek the advice of a registered speech-language pathologist (and I can recommend some good ones!). For further assistance with ongoing singing health and wellness, seeking out a singing voice specialist like myself is the next step. I can help reduce your unhealthy singing behaviours and replace them with healthy singing behaviours. I can help guide your voice back to consistently free and healthy singing!
Adapted singing lessons for music therapists
If you are a Music Therapist, you sing as part of your clinical practice every day. You use your voice to sing songs, lead group singing with adequate volume, assess clients’ status through singing and facilitate client response. You employ the use of vocal exercises, chant, vocal toning and improvisation. You also perform in a variety of moods and styles which often incorporate client preference.
If you were a voice major in University, you’ve likely had training in classical singing. If your primary instrument wasn’t voice, you may not have had singing training at all.
An adapted therapeutic singing lesson is a singing lesson designed specifically for music therapists. These kinds of lessons include: basic functional singing training, techniques for maintaining good vocal health and injury prevention related to the demands of the profession, training on how to sing in non-traditional postures with self-accompaniment or a cappella, stylistic instruction, and work on improvisational singing with lead sheets.
And! By learning the basics of how to sing, you as a therapist can then use that information to design and improve voice protocols in your own practice. You can use your new singing knowledge to design better therapeutic music exercises for your clients.
If you are a music therapist and want to learn more, I can help.
Adapted singing lessons for children
Adapted music lessons is exactly what it sounds like – a singing lesson where modifications are made to best suit a child’s individualized needs. While many concepts of an adapted singing lesson are similar to a standard singing lesson, the modifications allow for the student to learn at a pace and in a style that they are comfortable with allowing them to focus on specific speech and/or language goals in a fun and motivating way. This kind of work can improve a child’s breath control, voice quality, articulation and overall communication. Do you have a child working towards speech and language development that you think might be interested in singing? I can help.
"When I began studying under Charlene during my undergraduate program, it did not take me long to realize the honour and privilege I had of working with her. Not only is she an immensely gifted vocalist, technically and artistically, but she is also a kind and intuitive teacher. Under Charlene’s tutelage, my singing was given the space it needed to transform. Rather than singing to simply produce notes, I now sing to participate in the creation of moments wrapped in grace, beauty, humour, and passion. Getting to this point in my singing would not be possible without the great care Charlene took during our time together and for this I am so very grateful."
"Words cannot explain the gratitude I have for Charlene. She challenged me to grow not only as a singer, but also as a more passionate individual. She taught me about what it requires to pour all of yourself into something you love, and I could never thank her enough for that."
"Studying under Charlene was wonderful. Through her tutelage, I was able to grow as a vocalist and as a pedagogue. She explained technical concepts so that I could understand them and then attempt to apply them in a practical way. She engaged both my body and my mind in our lessons together. She made me feel comfortable enough to try to take risks, and through her extensive knowledge, she was able to make me feel supported while guiding me in my progress as a musician."
“Charlene was a pleasure to work with during my undergraduate years. Her knowledge of vocal technique, and her ability to share her knowledge clearly and concisely, were invaluable in our voice lessons. She helped me to understand concepts using a variety of pedagogical approaches and guided my vocal development to a level beyond which I had previously believed I could achieve. She demonstrated kindness, patience, and humour in every lesson and was consistently able to interpret and meet my needs as a singer and as a person. Charlene was an encouraging teacher who continually inspired me to work hard while raising my confidence in myself as both a singer and as an academic. Charlene was an inspiration to me in my own career as a voice instructor, as she demonstrated professionalism and care in every aspect of her teaching.”