Jan Douglas Vocal Arts
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The voice is our representation of self to the world.  It is indeed possible to develop our sound to strengthen our impression and our influence.
The experience of singing in a group is extremely rewarding.  Let's get started if you wish to develop your singing skills in order to participate in a group singing experience such as a community chorus or church!
Critical listening is most fundamental to the diagnosis for improvement.
Observation is also required in order to correctly diagnose what is needed in order to change a vocal behavior for the better.
Teaching new vocal habits, reinforced over time, is the next step in the process of self-improvement.
Directing the group in a performance setting brings everyone together for a very satisfying and rewarding experience.  If you are interested in finding a group with whom to perform I am delighted to assist.
Lasting friendships are formed through singing with others.
Just think of the sense of accomplishment you'll feel after making the commitment to yourself to develop your voice.
We all experience, on some level, the need to find our own voice--our personal means of expression. Doing so is a process rather than a one-time event. I congratulate you on taking the first step.

Our condition: In the process of living we accumulate both good and bad habits. Some individuals are natural speakers. Some are inhibited by mannerisms or manipulations induced by mind and body.

As one moves toward finding his or her own voice one must move away from habits that impede. Exercises can process out tension, mannerism and bad habit. So it is with vocal study, as we isolate and encourage what works on our behalf and progressively eliminate that which inhibits expression, we begin to leave ourselves with what is essential and natural; free and easily available--a voice that belongs to ones own self; one that can be used with confidence and authority.

Vocal confidence allows freedom and ownership. For an actor this means owning the stage, belonging. For one auditioning this means having the pleasure of presenting ones abilities, unencumbered by the fear that one may not be good enough. For one seeking his own voice, to feel comfortable using it throughout the week in all situations--among friends, at work or on stage, this means possessing the easy assurance that your voice is your own.

I have always found great pleasure in assisting a singer in the process of freeing his or her voice at any level of vocal use.

I look forward to working with you as you embark on this journey. Let's start now!