Sunday, May 25, 2014

Conventional Speech Therapy Versus Vocal Science™ Method. What Works and What Is Greater?

Lately, I’m dealing with a lot of clients (young and old) with the voice/speech problems. Most of them spent months or even years with speech therapists and speech pathologists. Some of them have gone to the regular check-ups with their ENT specialists and (in the final analysis) had not accomplished anything with respect to a resolution to their voice problem(s).

How frustrating could that be? 

It is extremely sad for them and their relatives, not to mention that the majority of those poor people, understandably, keep coming in and out of depression. Some of them lost their professions and their hobbies for that matter, like singing, for example, or playing some sports. Sometimes even watching some sport or concert events (in their case) could become a big challenge. It is usually quite noisy in those venues, and those with voice problems feel even more silenced as they cannot compete with the screaming crowd. Some of them have lost hope, some of them are still researching and looking for the cure or at least for some improvement to their voice/vocal condition. 

In some cases partial or even full recovery is possible, in others the improvement is definitely possible, but the full recovery is only desirable. 

The Vocal Science™ technique advocates the maximum improvement of one’s voice condition – speaking or singing. 

By the virtual fact that the voice ( via employed specially-designed speech/singing exercises) will be lifted off of the vocal box/off of the vocal cords and restructured to a set of one's facial muscles, the release of pressure from other 'related-to-voice-performance' anatomy (like neck and chest muscles), will also be successfully achieved.

Now the sufferer will get a (so to speak) "vocal rest", by removing the “intruder” [their own voice] from the dangerous places such as vocal box (in general), the neck, chest, shoulders, etc...

Once the voice has been drown so low in its position, the lower anatomy, such as described above, is heavily encaged, and thus (no doubt) all of it could cause such diseases and disorders like acid refluxmuscle tension dysphonia, or even spasmodic dysphonia...and even fibromyalgia. Speaking of acid reflux: due to the low anatomical position, the voice could easily meet the gastric acid and the vocal cords could be burned in no time, thus severe damage to the vocal cords could occur.

The moral of it is: by restructuring your voice via the lift from the vocal anatomy to the different set of muscles, your voice will be saved and preserved for a lifetime! 

The conventional speech therapy promotes exactly the opposite of the above. They are working very heavily on already damaged vocal anatomy and  (in the majority of cases) do more harm than good, or more damage than there was originally...

How sad is that? 

The sufferer feels now more pain and strain than before and in a lot of times the voice sounds more hoarse than it originally did! A lot of time, energy and money spent, but the mission had never been accomplished, not even remotely!

There is still a voice disorder and very little hope left …. 

The Vocal Science™ Method is designed to work not only on the human voice, but on a person as a whole. The approach is completely natural and completely holistic

The main philosophy of that is to release the vocal box from the pressure of the sound and then heal the vocal anatomy with natural herbs and remedies, while concurrently heal the troubled person hugely affected by the nasty voice disorder, and not only vocally but in any conceivable way. 

The Vocal Science™ Method also recognizes psychological trauma as well as vocal trauma, and due to that, needless to say, the holistic/alternative method works with flying colours and evidently produces unprecedented results.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

True “Trailblazing” in Vocal Development. History in the making.

The vocalrevolution is here, I said it finally to myself and to the world at large in 1994. I have been teaching voice since 1985 and teaching it my own way, in spite of an extensive 12 year education in the music field. 

While I have been studying in the Music Teachers College in Russia, Leningrad, I was offered to do rather strange things to supposedly develop my voice. After those vocal escapades, (I called them "vocabatics without a safety net"), my throat would hurt and my voice would sound raspy and low. It made me really worried and I begun to think about it night and day.

I also started rebelling during the private vocal lessons and during the choir practice, to the point that I got kicked out of the choir and almost got kicked out of the college. I was prohibited to sing in my last semester before obtaining the Bachelors Degree of Music Education and specialising in Voice and Choir Conducting.

Go figure!

I, however, graduated with the flying colors and the great marks for all subjects, except vocal… I hardly was able to obtain a B -, which is slightly below good.

How ironic is that!

Ever since my graduation in 1976, I had been officially employed as a singing/vocal teacher and brought the Public School Choir to the absolute victory in many occasions! When I got my first official job as a vocal instructor, I was still struggling with my voice until one day, during the group class full of teenagers; I sung for them a pop song that was very popular at that time and played many times on every radio station. 

When I finished, the teens remained silent and almost shocked staring at me with the big question in their eyes. Myself, I was also almost in shock, as while singing, I did not feel any pain or strain on my vocal anatomy, while my voice was literally soaring upwards and almost flying out of my physical body. I could truly call it an out of body experience.

That feeling was indescribable and very foreign to me. Evidently, to the kids in my class, it also sounded unfamiliar and quite unusual for their ears. When my students and I recovered from, so to speak, a quite shocking vocal experience, we stared at each other and tried to understand what just happened in that classroom.

The teens were exclaiming with absolute excitement that they never herd me sing like that. They asked me over and over to repeat that song and they were more and more amazed every time. The whole experience has puzzled me. That’s how the investigation for the future Vocal Science Technique had begun.
I was desperately trying to recall the whole experience of that day, but at first, it seemed like it had vanished for good. However, being very analytical by nature, and by then, quite educated, I knew that if I had experienced it once, it will never evade me for good, on the contrary, it will come back and it will be stronger than before and clearer than before. Nevertheless, it started coming back to me piece by piece, just like a puzzle.

I started teaching what I was experiencing, but at first, did not have a distinct explanation of what exactly I was doing. I just knew it worked. One weekend, in the year 1993, I saw the whole thing ‘in dream’ with prĂ©cised explanations of my whole, newly found method of teaching. I woke up, sat down on my bed and said to myself, “My struggle is over; my vocal revolution and revelation is here and it is finally complete!” Now I knew exactly, and in the minutest details, what I was doing and how I was producing the finest voices and vocals.

I was thrilled, as I knew I was onto something big!

Many years later, the student from Montreal Canada, after experiencing with me 5 days and 10 hours of instruction, did exclaim, “Diana, you are a true Trailblazer”. He, like many others, took a lot of vocal lessons before he met me and, needless to say, had never achieved any desirable results.
Now, finally, his dream has been coming true. He became an owner of his voice and learned how to work his voice upon command and how to achieve the very much longed for, results.

The sky became the limit for him and also for quite a few more people who have been experiencing the Vocal Science technique for several decades onward.