An instrument of expression.
To express (a thought or feeling).
When working with the voice, one must first consider the fundamental question; What is it I wish to communicate?
Without a clear intention of what one wishes to express, the larynx is merely a mechanism that allows for the production of sound. If we think of the voice as a musical instrument, one must engage the body, mind and soul to truly 'play' it well. We do this naturally in our daily lives from the time we are born, unconsciously altering the pitch, tone and volume of our voices when we are speaking, to effectively communicate our thoughts and feelings in the moment. However, often when we are required to make a particular sound on demand, such as when singing a song, or speaking in a setting that calls for greater projection, it can seem like an impossible task as we worry about the 'how' rather than staying with our intention in the present moment.
This is not to say that 'technique' is not important to good vocal production. A number of questions must also be considered alongside the fundamental of intention, including:
Can I continue to make the sound I want to make safely, and without fatiguing, with my current vocal technique?
Is my current method of vocal production allowing me to fully express what it is I wish to communicate?
Are there vocal or physical habits in my daily life that hinder my vocal production when I'm singing, acting, or speaking in public?
Is there a more efficient and effective way of producing the sound I want to make or thought I want to express?
My aim is to help students understand the mechanics of their voice and to arm them with the necessary tools to address their specific vocal problems, to enable them to fully express themselves through their voice, both in their chosen endeavour, and in their lives.
Carla Jane McCallum