Well not in the traditional sense!! …..As artists the main thing we need to be able to do is to learn to trust ourselves, to build skills, to grow and evolve and create. We need to use our brains properly, to grow our intuition, to grow our experience, to learn by doing. Being told what to do, what to think does not encourage you to come up with your own conclusions. Science/ideas are constantly changing. What I was told was scientifically ‘correct’ 20 years ago was different to 10 years ago, is different to now. You need to find the right answers for you. You need the to be able to trust yourself. You need to be playful, to explore, to learn in a way that you intuitively know as opposed to excessively cognate. You need to try, to test to grow. Moreover, you need to think differently to be different. You need to be bold and brave enough to make your own decisions, your own choices.
The singers/artists who come to me all sound very different. They all have their own sound. They don’t all follow the same method. Unless the ‘method’ is one of encouraging freedom of exploration, creativity, mind, voice, artistry, life. Learning should not be passive. Me telling you the answers might make me feel bigger and better but actually won’t give you the skills you need, because you need to grow those. Also if I’ve learned anything from teaching it’s that people are different and require different approaches.
I am absolutely 100% on your side to support your learning but I want you to be 100% involved in that learning. This is why I teach adults not children. You actually don’t need the information, you need the skill to find your own answers and to trust yourself. I wish someone had told me that 20 years ago. Trust yourself not what you’re being told by every Tom, Dick and Harry.
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