This workshop happening on August 1, 2020 5:00 pm (Saturday) will dramatically improve your singing technique. Can’t seem to sing in tune? Always hoarse or losing your voice? Do you want to increase your vocal range? Do you want to increase your volume? Do you want to improve your enunciation? Do you want to enhance your vocal expression? Do you want to clean up your sound? Then Vocal Sound Management is for you.
I had a great musical childhood. I grew up in a musical family so I have always loved to sing. Growing up with opera singer parents who were original UP Madrigal Singers, my siblings and I were exposed to classical music and to the choral community. I began performing with my siblings as early as 5 years old, featured in a concert in Philamlife Auditorium and even guested in Uncle Bob’s Lucky Seven Club, my goodness I wonder if any of you remember that show haha. Eventually we joined the UP Cherubims and Seraphims children’s choir that allowed us to travel to different countries when I was 9 years old.
I started teaching at the age of 13, just based on my exposure. It was for our high school choir competition, and our class won 2nd place. For the next 3 years I would teach our class for this same competition and we kept winning. By the time I was a senior, I was president and choir conductor of our High School Glee Club. College was a scholarship at a known Asian liturgical school, and after that my work has been mostly as choir conductor. I also worked as a linguistics researcher and as a triggerpoint therapist during that time. I’ll get back to this later, it completes the story. Enter the mid-90’s when I started teaching one-on-one voice, and by year 2001 I was even privileged to teach at the ABS-CBN workshops.
These are completely different scenarios compared to choral conducting. Choral sound is a blended, almost generic sound, very different from soloistic singing, especially with different genres or styles. I encountered students who couldn’t seem to improve in their singing technique, whatever I tell them to do. I researched on teaching techniques to help them, but I also asked God what I should do to help my students (honest truth). I just didn’t want to accept the idea that only some and not all of the students can learn to sing well.
Within the next 10 years of research and prayer, I attribute to God this approach that I developed, where the focus is not only on identifying vocal faults and finding vocal solutions, but also on understanding the learning ability of the students where I can communicate theoretical concepts according to the language game that the students can understand. As a linguistics researcher, I was able to apply adjustments of pronunciation to improve and/or correct singing technique of my students. And as a triggerpoint therapist, I could detect minute muscular and postural errors that affected the vocal sound of my students. All of these ideas come together in a teaching approach that I now call Vocal Sound Management.
I reached a point where there was no vocal fault that I could not correct – everyone and anyone could improve their enunciation, increase their vocal range, lengthen their breath, develop a belting range, and sing in multiple styles– all in the shortest amount of time! As a matter of fact, during the first session a student can already experience dramatic adjustment of their singing style within the hour! Succeeding sessions would be for consistency of technique and for building repertoire. I could identify the learning abilities of the students, whether they are visual, auditory, kinesthetic or cerebral. And I can explain in layman’s terms the theory behind efficient singing based on their learning ability. The learning becomes easier and the technique is surprisingly relaxed and organic.
I have corrected vocal faults of not just singers but also lecturers and preachers who have lost their voice. Within an hour they would be speaking clearly and loudly without effort and without damaging their vocal chords. There was also an event host who loved to sing but lost her voice. She went to me the day after she lost her voice, and within 30 minutes she was belting out a song without any trace of hoarseness. I have taught at least 2 people who had operations on their vocal chords and could not talk with a clear sound – within 2 hours they could speak clearly. I have taught people who were “born hoarse”, and within 2 hours they were speaking clearly. And finally I have also taught enthusiasts from age 50 to 70, who were suprised that they could even sing better at their age. Two of these students went on to perform in solo concerts. This approach has thus far proven that there are no limits when it comes to improving anyone’s singing technique. I hope that convinces you who are reading this that nothing should be holding you back from your dream of singing!
This workshop will dramatically improve your singing technique. Can’t seem to sing in tune? Always hoarse or losing your voice? Do you want to increase your vocal range? Do you want to increase your volume? Do you want to improve your enunciation? Do you want to enhance your vocal expression? Do you want to clean up your sound?
I came across Teacher Jeanne back in 2014 because of my desperate attempt to find a solution to my constant problem when singing. I'm not a professional, nor do I sing on a regular basis. It was just one of those opportunities that landed on my lap where I was asked to sing 2 sets because the vocalist wasn't available and I happen to be a member of the club. Thad problems with breathing, control and losing my voice, so I always thought that singing might not really be something I should be doing. I took about 4 or 5 sessions with her, and it was so effective in addressing those issues from day 1
I’ve had many voice teachers who I have dearly loved but I was pleasantly amazed that in one session Ms. Jeanne was able to communicate to me in a way I could fully understand and easily apply a technique that I think all my past teachers had been trying to help me get too. One session changed my life. I don’t exaggerate. My voice had been recovering from over use for quite some time.. and her technique helped me to extend my notes and sing higher notes I didn’t know I would be able to reach. God used her at just the right time to help give me back my voice. I would recommend her to anyone.. she really is effective! Truly, I thank God for Jeanne Velasco Vicars !
"My singing technique improved in just one session!" Coach Jeanne is a very professional, yet amazingly humble teacher and friend. She did not just teach what was usually expected but she even personalize it according to my own learning ability. I am a visual person and she had her ways of making me understand Vocal Sound Management principles with an ease. I learned to control the dynamics and placement of my voice allowing me to hit notes I wasn't able to do before. Thanks to Coach Jeanne! It was definitely a great investment for my singing.
Teacher Jeanne was instrumental in transforming my way of singing from someone who is inconsistent and relies on luck to someone with techniques that can continually harness and improve. I've been a so-so singer for the last 20 years and since my lessons a few weeks back -- I've recorded music videos and sound bytes that have gotten praises from friends and family members who are usually very critical). I am so happy to be able to sing a variety of genres consistently well. 6 Stars to teacher Jeanne for being this person's miracle.
It gave me a standard to aspire for. The techniques you taught really helped me improve as long as i kept practicing I think i finally figured it out two days ago
Hi how are you? It help me not to overthink so much in the sound that I want to produce with my voice