I just finished the musical "Curtains" up here at UNH, and my voice is sounding better than ever. I am working on getting some recordings, and I would love to show you my progress. I still use everything you taught me, and my confidence has grown so much that I've really been able to apply it and integrate it with everything I'm learning up here."
Kellie Welch, Musical Theater Major, University of New Hamphire
Hi Laurece! It’s Kellie Welch emailing you from the Big Apple! I am here doing a six week musical theatre conservatory at CAP 21, and I am having the time of my life. I just had to email you to let you know that I had a voice lesson today, and the coach wouldn't stop praising the training I have had in the past. So a really, really big THANK YOU! I feel like I've come so far and I still keep everything you've given me, from technique to confidence, at the forefront of my mind."
Since taking nine months of voice lessons with Laurece, I’ve noticed a huge change in my approach toward singing and performing. The most significant concept I learned was how to stay on my larynx, which wasn’t easy to teach because it required replacing lifelong physical habits with completely new ones. Yet Laurece was able to help me visualize and experience this concept. The change that occurred was exhilarating, and I still use her techniques when practicing on my own.
Working with Laurece also transformed my perspective on self-expression and movement. Laurece uses multiple exercises to help students develop both technique and artistry. For technique, we got a lot of mileage out of the materials (notes, CDs, practice sheets and an excellent vocal exercise book). For artistry, she walked me through routines before and after singing to promote body awareness, relaxation, and self-expression. I credit these methods for improving my public speaking skills and, by extension, my personal and professional growth.
The lessons themselves were well organized, striking a good balance between structure and looseness. Laurece’s energetic, positive and patient personality allows students to take risks, be silly, and engage themselves in their performance. She truly cares about students’ emotional and physical well-being and is often more than just a vocal coach. I’m glad I had the chance to work with her and hope this testimonial encourages others to as well!
Irene Liu, Grad Student, Durham, NC
"Thank you Laurece. Just minutes ago I used my newly purchased blackberry to record my singing one of my favorites. I can't believe how I sound. I shudder to think about what I'll sing like by the end of the year. And this is even with the respiratory challenges of late. I am so thankful to have come into contact with you. And I wanna affirm how great a teacher you are."
Black Sacred Music Scholar, Music Minister, Gospel Singer and Organist, Durham, N.C.
"I have grown so much since I began working with Laurece, not only as a singer, but also as a person. It has always been my dream to be a Broadway actress and singer, and with Laurece's help I feel like the dream can become a reality. My vocal range has grown to a point I never thought I could achieve and I am able to sing songs that I used to only hope to sing when I was a kid. But most importantly now whenever I sing I feel relaxed, comfortable and capable. I never felt those things with my previous voice teachers and vocal training. There was always a sense of fear behind trying new notes or attempting a challenging song. Almost immediately after starting lessons with Laurece those fears diminished. I've always loved singing but now I have a new appreciation for it. I'm constantly learning about how to sing easily and effectively which makes it all the more fun. Laurece's guidance has made me into a more self assured and confident person. She has not only helped me achieve new heights with singing but also I've become a more mature and happy person, and for that I am extremely grateful."
Isabelle Moore, Broadway Musicals Singer,
Actor and Dancer, Mount Olive, NC
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Laurece West Studios
I studied voice with Laurece West for three years. Two things set Laurece apart from every other music teacher I've had. One is that she absolutely loves to teach. Her devotion to teaching shows up in her amazing patience and in her ability to begin with students where they are. Two is that she teaches not just voice but the whole person, treating the spiritual and the vocal in tandem. She works with you to eliminate your limiting beliefs and to free up your spontaneity. Indeed, I found myself drawing on Laurece's approach and techniques in my own work as a teacher. Your lessons will be not just about improving your voice but about coming to see whole new possibilities for yourself.
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