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Amy helped me build the foundation that I needed in order to get the results I wanted with my voice. Before meeting her, I thought voice work was centred around one thing only. It hadn’t occurred to me that, before I could improve my voice, I would need to move past several behaviours that held me back, and welcome better practices into my daily life.
Because posture and breath played such a large role in the learning process, I’ve found that improving those things has cut down on the number of headaches I have, and enhanced my over-all well being and self confidence. The lessons would have been worth it for those improvements alone! But, of course, the development of my voice was the most significant gain.
As for the lessons themselves, if I didn’t understand a concept or had trouble relating to the terminology in a lesson, Amy quickly changed the examples or the wording she used until everything fell into place for me. She modified the exercises we worked on to play to my strengths so I could gain confidence quickly and then pick up the more challenging concepts with greater ease. She kept my needs in mind when it came to structuring the lessons and explained exactly how the exercises we worked on would help me realize my goals. Doing so helped me maintain the focus I needed to carry those lessons into my day-to-day life which, in turn, helped me see steady vocal improvements between lessons.
From what I’m saying, it may seem that there’s a lot of work involved to develop a better connection to your voice, and there is, but Amy’s humour and positive attitude made it fun – the lesson time would fly by. Even though I ended up with so much more knowledge and homework activities to consider, I always left those lessons feeling lighter and happier than when I arrived, and more confident. And, at the heart of my quest to improve my voice, ‘confidence’ was what I was reaching for and what I achieved.
As a side note, I had gotten used to avoiding social gatherings in large part because of how wispy and indistinct my voice used to be. I went to a party yesterday and, for the first time ever, no one asked me to repeat what I had said so that they could understand me. An entire evening of good conversations! I was smiling so much by the time I left.
Thank you Amy!
B.C. Government Employee
Senior Legislative Coordinator
Inhale-Exhale is an online course designed for people with Covid Syndrome (Long-Haul Covid) who are living with breathlessness and/or anxiety as a result of COVID-19.
Singing, at its core, is the art and science of breathing well. Using lullabies as one tool, I will teach body awareness, centred posture, and healthy breathing. Participants will (re)discover their breath, find improved well-being, and connect with other people living with Long-Haul Covid.
Participants do not need to be singers, speak languages other than English, or have any interest in music.
Note: the hissing sound at the beginning of the recordings is intentional and part of the preparation to sing!
Soprano, Amy Steggles
Piano, Neil Reimer
(The course is inspired by the successful ENO Breathe program in the United Kingdom.)