Singing & Speaking Excellence
Laurece West Studios
Please be at the studio 10 minutes before your session. Wait in your car, letting your body relax from the trip. Enter the studio at your session time.
Prep Time Coaching time Total Length
15 min 60 min 75 minutes
15 min 45 min 60 minutes
10 min 30 min 40 minutes
Athletes warm up and actors prepare their instrument (their body) for performance and vocalists must do the same. You have 10 - 15 minutes of alone time now in the studio to center - preparing your mind and body to be most receptive to learning and best prepared for performing. Laurece will greet you, let you be alone in the studio, and continue to provide tips during your sessions on how to best use your prep time. If you are calling in at your appointed time, Laurece will get you started and call you back at the teaching time. You'll stretch, breathe, and move about the studio or your room, start to own the space as you would on stage expanding your energy into it. Set up your recording equipment and get out your books. Do your improv exercises, set your intention and goals for your session.
You will record each session to review for training and evidence your progress.
There are now 30, 45 or 60 minutes of coaching time with Laurece. The first 5 minutes is an InterPlay exercise which allows you to express yourself (see below.) Then declaring your intention or desire for the session, questions and realizations since the last lesson. We will meet your desire for the session.
The remaining time may have the following elements:
a) warm up and skill building
b) singing or speaking exploring technical and artistic options
d) preparation for performance, presentation or recording
e) personal development - health, artistry, strategy, mindset
f) expressing yourself - artistry and unique personality
The Immense Benefits to Singers and Speakers
Laurece was already a professional singer and multi-instrumentalist for at least 26 years when she first experienced InterPlay (see www.interplaync.org and www.interplay.org). It provided techniques that enabled a new, exciting and remarkable, vocal and artistic freedom. The happiest breakthrough was when she realized that her 20 year struggle with her ego in performance was gone and she was just an open channel, moving energy, present in the moment! Over several years she witnessed many break-throughs with her students by using these simple and fun forms for improvisational movement, story, song, music, and spoken word.
Laurece has defined the benefits:
1. Breaks the ice for the lesson with something interesting and often fun
2. Immediately allows self expression
3. Gets the vocal energy moving
4. Clears emotional and mental stress
5. Sometimes provides the answer to a question
6. Opens the creative channel
7. By-passes the ego allowing for glimpses of the true self
8. Triggers different brain pathways and connections
9. New awareness of self may emerge
10. New facility for word play - helpful with both self-expression and songwriting, as well as easy flow and creativity in public speaking
11. More comfort with movement - great for performances
12. Prepares the artist to be comfortable with the unknowns that can happen in performances and presentations
13. Discovering what is authentic, body wisdom, (and perhaps unique for the individual) in the realms of story, movement, song and spoken word
14. Creates connection between student and teacher
15. Often some amazing piece of art will emerge
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