Vocal Coaching with Panthea
Private Vocal Technique Training
Workshop Facilitation

ABOUT PANTHEA:

A singer, performer and actor of notable talent, Panthea has 20 years of professional performance experience as a multidisciplinary artist with credits in opera, musical theatre, rock, circus, television and movies. Professionally trained at the Victoria Conservatory of Music and Banff Centre for the Arts, Panthea also has hundreds of hours of street performance credits across Canada. Born and raised on the shores of the Okanagan Lake in beautiful BC, Panthea currently resides in Montreal QC.

Added to her extensive real life performance experience, Panthea’s vocal technique coaching is informed by 20 years of voice and stage training. Uniting the power of classical ‘bel canto’ technique with the needs of modern performers Panthea’s coaching addresses the physiological as well as psychological patterns that limit free vocal expression. This creates vocals that are powerful, healthy, unique and reliable regardless of style.

Panthea’s work is infused with the philosophy that free vocal expression can be profoundly inhibited by criticism and censoring. Informed risk taking is highly encouraged in Panthea’s studio and workshops. Learning to engage the mind in the proprioceptive delight of making sound can keep us in the present moment and enjoying freedom in our vocals.

Returning to freedom

Our physical and psychological responses to our world as we grow can create blocks in the vocal process. Vocal technique involves training oneself to inhibit the reactions that create the blocks therefore allowing us to reliably create free sound. It is a process of exploration & playfullness. In building a vocal technique we take the opportunity to experience sounds we may never have embodied perhaps because they were not modeled to us or perhaps because we lacked a safe place to play with them.

The basics of vocal technique involve concepts of breathing, breath control, alignment, resonance and attitude as well as understanding the physiology of the instrument and how it is affected by psychology. Technique training can also cover the reasons for and strategies to control stage fright; reasons for and strategies to avoid vocal fatigue, loss of voice and vocal surgery; the building of a personal vocal warm up; and the application of healthy vocal technique to one’s personal style.

One way of looking at vocal technique is as the process of rediscovering the vocal responses that were natural to us as infants or that we have access to in heightened states of being (such as extreme joy or deep meditation). Creating a reliable process of habituating these responses is the rest of the process.

In other words, we retrain our minds and bodies to coordinate in a physical recruitment in which we are free to make sounds as loudly and naturally as most of us did at some point in our lives. Once we can reliably and repeatedly access that freedom we can create a pallet of vocal colors with which to create our individual style. This gives us the freedom to speak, sing or scream for long periods of time without strain or long term damage to our voices. It also creates an authenticity in our sound which makes our vocals unique and remarkable.

Clients

Panthea’s clients come from extremely varied backgrounds. She has worked with pop, rock, folk & metal singer/songwriters, musical theater performers, actors, circus performers, instrumentalist/backup vocalists, rappers, professional speakers (lawyers, lecturers, corporate presenters…) and people exploring the power of their voice for their own pleasure and health.

Inroads to Vocal Source Workshops, offered as team teaching events with Johanne Benoit, Alexander Technique Teacher focus on the performing arts.

Panthea is also available to create workshops for specialized groups looking to explore vocal technique: both in the corporate sector (presenters, translators, speakers, team leaders etc.) & the arts sector (theatre, tv & film, music & contemporary dance & circus).

FAQs

Please scroll down for answers to these frequently asked questions:

What is Vocal Coaching?
What is a Private Vocal Coaching Session?
How many Private Sessions will I need to achieve my goals?
What do people use Private Coaching for?
What will I learn?
Can anyone do private coaching?
How do I pay for private sessions?
Is there a cancellation policy?
Is a sore throat or head cold an emergency?
How much will I have to practice?

What is a Private Coaching Session?

A Private Coaching Session is a chance to address your particular vocal issues on a one to one basis with Panthea. Private Sessions are one hour in length.

How many Private Sessions will I need to achieve my goals?

Private coaching is generally very effective for those with clear goals and a dedication to the process.

Perspective clients are reminded that building vocal technique requires a minimum amount of practice time in order to see results. However, brief effective practices are more beneficial than long sessions of repeating bad habits. Vocalists may be surprised at the speed of their progress when a solid practice techinque is established. Progress in vocal technique is difficult to predict, due to the nature of the variables in the process (including physical health, mental health and flexibility, willingness to learn, and vocal history). Panthea likes to refer to it as a quantum process – full of surprises!

Panthea generally creates series of 4 sessions at a time with her clients. This seems to be a successful amount of time for a vocalists to be introduced to the base concepts. At the end of this time one is generally in a good position to make an informed decision about their own needs. People make various decisions at this point; some have learned what they came looking for; some decide to take time to evaluate or to organize their finances with vocal coaching in mind; some choose to embarque immediately on a regular schedule of coaching.

Panthea believes that there are times for vocalists when having a coach is a tremendously valuabl thing, and that there are times when it is the vocalist that needs to be integrating their own technique, beliefs and systems of working. She enjoys keeping this type of fluid relationship with her clients, and witnessing their journeys of self-expression.

What do people use Private Coaching for?

Vocal Coaching is sought out for as many different reasons as there are voices. If you have a desire, whether professional or personal, to learn about your voice, private Vocal Coaching Sessions can help you.

Examples of ways to use Private Coaching Sessions include:

– technical training (using vocal exercises as learning tools)
– preparing a set of music (such as for a demo recording, concert or album)
– to analyze newly composed songs from a vocal perspective (singer/songwriters developing or expanding their personal style)
– as a way to begin performing newly composed vocals in a controlled environment (breaking the ice)
– as a safe, informed place to explore long term blocks or limits in vocal expression
– to address issues of use-related loss of voice or vocal fatigue
– as a step to understanding & surmounting stage fright
– to build a personal vocal warm up and training schedule

What will I learn?

If you are mentally, physically and emotionally available to the process you should expect to learn to create free, powerful, healthy and reliable vocals. You can also expect to have a deeper understanding of how the voice works and how to protect it from damage, how to give more engaging performances, and what to do to build and maintain your voice over the long term.

A new client can expect to cover the concepts of breathing, breath control, alignment and body use, resonance and attitude in the process of freeing their voice. Other issues addressed can include techniques for controlling stage fright, reasons for blocks in the voice, what effect judgment has on vocals and why, causes of vocal fatigue and how to avoid it and what can lead to vocal surgery and how to avoid it (or avoid having it again.) Performing artists often also cover vocal care on the road, and studio techniques for recording. Speakers will often look at diction, pacing and attitude as they relate to vocal technique.

Can anyone do private coaching?

Anyone is welcome to come and do a session with Panthea. Panthea will meet you, listen to your vocals, discuss your goals and reasons for seeking out vocal coaching, and will share her style of work with you. After this session Panthea and you each get to decide if you make a good team as coach and client, and proceed accordingly.

How do I pay for private sessions?

Private Coaching Sessions with Panthea are paid for in advance, in blocks of four sessions (or one month’s worth as a general rule). This creates a contract between client and coach to dedicate to the process of building vocal technique for that time. As different situations often arise, the amount of sessions scheduled and paid for in advance is negotiable. A way of working that facilitates both parties is almost always possible. Payments can be made by cheque, cash or Interact email money transfer.

Is there a cancellation policy?

Panthea has a 24 hour cancellation policy on all scheduled lessons.

How much will I have to practice?

An open minded approach and true desire to grow is, in Panthea’s opinion, generally more important than enormous amounts of time in the practice room. In general, Panthea suggests that if you don’t have 5 minutes a day to focus on vocals, it is likely not the right time to do vocal coaching. Building vocal technique does require a minimum amount of practice time in order to see results. However, brief focused practices are the most effective way to advance. Clients may be surprised at the speed of their progress when an effective practice technique is established.

The First Step

If you are interested in private vocal coaching with Panthea or having her facilitate a group workshop, simply send her an email.
You can reach her through the Contact Page.