how your voice works

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 […]

Interview with Line Hilton: Getting the medical care you need as a performer

It’s vocal health time! I recently interviewed my incredibly knowledgeable colleague Line Hilton. Line is a voice coach, performing arts medicine specialist, and founder of the online magazine iSing. In this special bonus video for my online course How Your Voice Works, Line and I talk about what performers need from their medical care, and […]

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 […]

“How To Warm Up” is coming!

To me, a new year also means it’s time for a new project. At the end of 2016 I asked what you hoped VBC would offer and you answered: you want to know how to warm up. So drumroll please… Every week this year I’ll be releasing a short TOTALLY FREE video as part of my new series: How […]

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 […]

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 […]

It’s okay to rest

So there’s this thing that sometimes happen to us creative, driven people… It goes something like this: Step one: We dream up a big project. Step two: We put our plan into action. We pour our time, energy, money, love, sweat, blood, and tears into it. We work on it for months, if not years. […]