This Is A Voice

This Is A Voice

Voice experts and bestselling authors Dr Gillyanne Kayes and Jeremy Fisher have been chatting about voice for more than 20 years - this time they've switched the microphone on. Vocal technique? check. Musicals? check. The weird things you can do with your voice? check. Includes AMA on voice, singing, speaking, performance techniques, voice exercises and so much more.


December 5, 2023 28 mins

In This Is A Voice podcast S8 Ep7 we're diving into the sensitive topic of shame in the singing world. In this wide-ranging conversation with Dr. Gillyanne Kayes, Jeremy Fisher and special guest Lisa Perks, we explore how shame can shape and limit a singer's journey, regardless of their background. 
Whether you're an amateur vocational singer or a seasoned professional performer, you need to know about this cruci...

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Join us in an insightful and empowering episode with our Associate Trainer, singing teacher and life coach Anne Leatherland. 
In Season 8 Episode 6 Anne returns to share her unique approach to helping women find their voice, both literally and metaphorically, in professional settings. 

We discuss the challenges women face regarding voice perception in the workplace and explore strategies for communicating with confiden...

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In This Is A Voice podcast S8 Ep5 we dive into the fascinating world of values and beliefs with our special guest, Anne Leatherland of Vocal Intuition. We discuss how understanding your values can transform your teaching and coaching, help you to align with your true self and move your career towards a life that’s more fulfilling and enjoyable.

Anne Leatherland started her professional life as a chemistry teacher. As a rec...

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Today we're asking the question "What matters to you?" Do you already know, or do you need time to think about it?
As singing teacher and vocal coach we can direct our careers to include doing what we love and what matters to us.
In this episode we share the important things in our lives, what we MUST do for our own peace of mind. The parts of our individual careers that bring us joy.
What brings you joy?...

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She's back! Social media expert and app lover Karen Michaels shares her favourite tools for your singing studio

We explore finding your "voice" (your social media persona) and how to write your value statement in 1 hour. 
Analysing who you love working with and shifting your business to embrace them.  
How to coach a song even when you've not heard it before. 
And Karen shares her three...

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Social media expert Karen Michaels joins us for a fascinating discussion on the transformative impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the world of singing, voice education and singing teacher marketing.

Karen shares her wealth of knowledge on harnessing the power of apps and AI in your socials. We’re chatting about the importance of authenticity in your online presence, avoiding burnout on social media and curating your feeds to ...

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We've been off the air for two months - so where were we? And where are we going?
In this opening episode for Season 8, we reveal our future plans for singers, singing teachers, choral leaders and theatre MDs

00:00 Our 80th podcast episode!
01:05 Our Teacher Accreditation Programme
02:14 Our discoveries on the Discovery Calls
06:10 SIXTY contact hours
07:32 Changes to our online singing teacher cou...

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Part 2 of our deep conversation with jazz singer, composer & educator Louise Gibbs.
Has Beyonce been teaching you this week? Moving from imitation to authenticity, finding your "groove" and dealing with bad self-talk.
***Warning! Some swearing, mostly from Gillyanne***

0:00 Dealing with bad self-talk
1:37 Artistry - who is teaching you this week?
3:53 Study practice rehearse perform
7:11 B...

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Our special guest for this week's This Is A Voice #podcast is jazz singer, recording artist, composer, educator and past president of the British Voice Association Louise Gibbs. 
It's a meeting of three practical minds in a deep & fascinating conversation about authenticity (for the singer and for the music), training authentic singers, exploring style envelopes and when to push their boundaries.

00:00 Be...

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Wonder what we do in our private coaching sessions? It's a secret.

We don't normally reveal what happens (or who we work with) but in this podcast episode we're sharing some of the techniques and "happenings" that make up a great mentoring session.

Jeremy has a particular passion for mentoring other singers, singing teachers, Musical Directors, vocal coaches and choir leaders. He describes...

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You've probably seen our books, you've listened to the podcasts, but you may not know what we really do in our 1-1 lessons and masterclasses.
We're Dr Gillyanne Kayes and Jeremy Fisher, and we own and run VocalProcess. We'll be sharing with you some examples of what we do in our 1-1 singing and coaching sessions, and why we do it.

0:00 Building new brain pathways
2:28 Talking about our singing l...

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What's the most efficient way to practice? And how can you set up your singing students to practise successfully? Jeremy's been doing it for years but we had it confirmed by Kittie Verdolini Abbott at our latest conference - Jeremy talks Variable Practice!
Gillyanne shares how she collected a multi-disciplinary team for her Round Table conversation at UEP in Turkey on voice problems, boundaries and vocal challenges.

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Why DO we do professional development? We're already professionals!
What IS comfort zone and when should we be in it or out of it?
Dr Gillyanne Kayes and Jeremy Fisher chat about comfort zone, continuing professional development (CPD) and their most recent injection of new thoughts via voice surgeons and SLTs.
Why they attended a phoniatricians' conference and what they learned about extreme voice (distortio...

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A World Voice Day Special
In part 2 of "Vocal Surgery and Beyond", Dr Gillyanne Kayes and Jeremy Fisher interview singer Kate Bassett on why she decided to go for vocal fold surgery.
Kate talks through the decision and the second opinion, and the sentence that helped her decide (it involves rucksacks)
How the surgery went and how long she was on "voice rest" (it might surprise you!).
The voice th...

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A World Voice Day Special. Jeremy and Gillyanne interview Kate Bassett on her vocal surgery and recovery.
This year's World Voice Day topic is Your Voice Matters. In this 2-Part podcast, singer Kate Bassett shares her story of acute vocal injury, therapy, vocal fold surgery and voice rehabilitation

In Part 1
0:00 stigma and vocal injury
5:13 how the vocal injury happened
6:48 what happened next

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What does your CV or resumé actually say about you? Is it up to date? Does it reflect who you are, what you want to do and who you want to work with?

Expert vocal coach & career consultant Jeremy Fisher shares his process for rewriting your CV to attract the clients and jobs you want.
Together Gillyanne and Jeremy discuss the right questions to ask, and share several examples of different CVs for teachers and singe...

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Self-promotion can feel like a dirty word, but as a singing teacher, vocal coach, choir leader or vocal health worker positioned in the arts, how do you show up in the world?

How important is a website today? What should you have on it? How "big" should it be?

We've just updated and upgraded the website (it's live today) and it's been a fascinating process.

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Gillyanne & Jeremy answer more questions about classical vocal technique versus musical theatre vocal technique.
Which is best, should you teach either or both, what do you teach students at different ages?

Great questions submitted from our listeners too:
How can I make "So In Love" stop sounding like Puccini?
Do you teach a 16 year old classical AND musical theatre or choose one?
With a new ...

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Voice experts Dr Gillyanne Kayes and Jeremy Fisher share their thoughts about classical versus musical theatre.
Is there one technique that works for both?
Is one inherently healthier to sing than the other?
Should we be teaching different genres to young singers?

We have comments and questions sent in by our This Is A Voice podcast listeners too - there are some strong opinions!

We share our own back...

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This is part 2 of our Best Bits from the last 4 series of This Is A Voice podcasts!
We've got four glittering presents for you, beautifully wrapped under the tree.

1. Impostor Syndrome (S3 Ep1)
 - the dictionary definition of imposter and why it isn't impostor syndrome
 - different types of impostor syndrome by Valerie Young, based on the work of Clance and Imes. Which one are you?
 - Why we recog...

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