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"One needs a voice teacher to learn singing technique, to solidify his singing foundation, and to add more delicate techniques as he continues his progress. Strengthening, training, and stamina-building are taught and drilled in the voice lessons. A voice teacher suggests and assigns repertoire; first, as a learning tool, later as a showcase to be added to the student's own portfolio."

Bob the Builder. Hamsters. Singing.

Pradichaya Poonyarit Voice Studio | Lehigh Valley, Easton, PA

Bob the Builder, a pair of Chinese dwarf hamsters on the wheels and singing; how are they related? -What metaphor!

Gasp!!! "She's finally gone ga-ga," you might say - at least you might were you not a regular student who enters the studio weekly.

No, I haven't lost my brain, nor am I weird- at least not weirder than average folks. This is voice-teaching talk.

My job would be less complicated- but most definitely less challenging and less fun, as well- had I picked an instrument other than the voice. It’s the one instrument which comes from inside our complex human body: a wind instrument made possible by body- and mind-training to direct the path of air, by utilizing a pair of lungs and the strength of our muscles.

"Wow, that's DEEP," I can actually hear one particular student say. However, the fun has yet to begin, as a student learns "how" to make his body work in order to produce not only a sustainable beautiful sound, but also a good healthy one.

When one breathes well it benefits the whole body. Healthy singing provides an overall correct use of the breath. It can only be achieved by training the voice with professional voice teachers.

My students’ ages range from the young to the very- and in some, very, very- mature. Each is a unique individual. Not only do they differ in physical form, but also in emotion and background: education, culture, experiences, even the time of day and an emotional state a student brings into the lesson, for example.

Depending on the individual, no two students (and in most cases, no two lessons) are taught using the same technical vocabulary, or the same path of communication. There are times that the lessons are simply straightforward. There are also many times when I pair technical aspects with metaphors that hit close-to-home with each student to enable her to visualize and quickly understand how she has to direct the path of her voice.

My job, aside from knowing what I am teaching (a must!!!), is to pay attention- to be observant of physical and mental signs and symptoms. I have to use all the senses and be aware, so that I can apply the right "fix" to each student.

There came a time when I used an 18-wheeler on the bridge crossing two mountains as a metaphor for one student, a mature woman with a gorgeous voice emerging from a tiny frame… whose daytime job is to drive an 18-wheeler.

When any student walks in for an early evening lesson, he tends to be too tired to "muscle" up his strength. In order to get the sound flowing, I introduce him to "Bob" the Builder. This usually works.

A while back I had a young student whose family business was in construction. It would be a waste of an opportunity not to compare the path of the breath with building a house with an attic with the staircase in the back and the window in the front.

For teenaged students, cars and driving are great metaphors.

Of course, I don't only stick with metaphors. Among other things, sometimes I create a real experience with the help of chocolate truffles- something the students love (who wouldn't)?

Pradichaya Poonyarit Voice Studio | Lehigh Valley, Easton, PA To help a singer with the tendency to sing straight tones at the beginning and end the same note with a forced vibrato (as in pop, or the new musical singing style), I introduce her to a pair of wheels with a tiny Chinese dwarf hamster in each wheel.

At first, the student giggles after I tell her where to put the hamster-spinning-wheels, but after she gives it a try, it works. "Anything to help move the air forward," I'd say.

Then, I'd explain what each metaphor represents. This is an important step because I need for my student to know that what she's doing in her learning process toward her singing goal is logical, scientific, and even legitimate!

She leaves at the end of the lesson having learned yet one more technique.

This is how Bob the Builder, a pair of Chinese dwarf hamsters on the wheels, and others are related to singing.

I told you I'm not crazy- just a little weird.

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