How Your Voice Works

About the anatomy and healthy function of your voice.

Enrollment is open for spring online classes!

Enrollment is now open for my two spring classes, held live and online! I would love to learn, grow, and share with you: How Your Voice Works (and Why It Matters To Know!) A class for singers and voice teachers For seven weeks on Wednesday evenings from 7:30-8:30pm EST starting May 10th How Your Voice […]

Use a neti pot for World Voice Day!

Happy World Voice Day! I wanted to do something special in honor of this relatively new annual celebration, so today I’m sharing a very special video. It’s allergy season, and I’ve frequently been recommending neti pots. But when I tell people to use them, I often get incredulous cross-eyes and hear “that’s the thing where I pour water through […]

Free classes this April!

Hi All! I’ve been feeling excited and inspired to do a lot of online teaching this spring, so I’m offering two free webinars at the end of this month. You are invited to sign up for one or both… whatever floats your ‘I-have-many-talents-and-interests’ boat! ⛵ —- Voice teachers and singers, join me for: Voice Metaphors: Why […]

Understanding vocal registers: an interview with Chris & Steve of the Naked Vocalist

Vocal registers… kinda make no sense. I mean they do! But everyone talks about them differently. And the deeper you dive, the more confusing things can get. In my online class, lots of students have had questions about the vocal register rabbit hole… so I decided to call on my awesome friends Chris and Steve […]

Where my voice geeks at?!

Growing up I took hundreds of hours of voice lessons and choir classes. In all that time not one of my teachers ever showed me a picture of my vocal cords. None of them fully explained the mechanics of why air flow was the thing that set them into vibration. Instead my voice was this […]

My Top 5 Tips for Vocal Health

It’s officially fall! The weather is getting cooler, the leaves are turning, and we can buy ourselves a pumpkin spice latte. When you consider the weather change and the cold season that usually accompanies it, plus add in the fact that this is the busiest time of year for many people, it’s clear to see […]

Why exercise is good for your voice

I’m gonna say something crazy: If you’re a vocalist you should be exercising. Actually let me expand the scope of that… If you’re anyone who wants to have a stronger, healthier voice you should be exercising. Now this may not sound very controversial to you (you’re sitting over there going “Uh huh Elissa, thanks, DUH!”) but the […]

The 4 Most Important Things To Work On To Improve Your Articulation

Do you wish your articulation was clearer? Do people often ask you to repeat yourself? If you’re looking for clearer articulation, here are the four most beneficial steps you can take: 1. Explode your plosives at the ends of your words. Let’s start with the definition: a plosive is a type of consonant in which […]

Let’s talk about your diaphragm

Okay, let’s talk about your diaphragm. I know we voice coaches says things like “breathe with your diaphragm” or “use diaphragmatic breathing,” but to be honest that language is misleading. Why? Because it’s kinda like saying “walk with your feet”…. what else are you supposed to do it with anyway? Unless your diaphragm is paralyzed […]