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Surviving the profession: developing yourself as a creative artist

Surviving the profession: developing yourself as a creative artist (Written for The Stage Newspaper 2015) We dwell in a creative industry, The Performing Arts. You might have been drawn to it for the love of music and text, emotional and physical expression, the search for truth and real human connection, the thrill of moving an […]

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‘Confidence’, an article for The Stage Newspaper

  ‘Confidence’…an article by Leontine Hass Confidence. How many times in your career have you been told that you just need more of it? Just thinking about it and the people who apparently have it is like a floodlight over an abyss. It reminds you in one foul swoop that a) you clearly look like […]

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The Myth of Tone Deafness

The Myth of Tone Deafness –Article for The Stage by Leontine Hass   As a vocal coach one of the most frequent responses I encounter upon revealing what I do for a living, is the comment ‘Oh I’m completely tone-deaf’. If I can be bothered, there ensues a little debate where I aim to convince […]

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Breathy singing. Question and answer by vocal coach Leontine Hass

This was a question to laryngologist Anthony Jahn whose latest book I contributed to. Anthony asked me to answer it… Dear Doctor Jahn – I’m curious – I have a friend who sings in a sultry, airy voice. My voice is more clear (I think both styles are great) – but what is it, exactly, […]

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Stagefright – some solutions – by vocal coach Leontine Hass

Tackling Stage fright by Leontine Hass If I had a penny for every singer who comes to me and reveals that they suffer from stage fright, a sudden loss of confidence and therefore suddenly loose control of their vocals, I would be drinking Rum in the Bahamas right now. Singers suffer from debilitating anxiety, fear, […]

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Common vocal problems and solutions

Some common vocal problems and how to address them: As a vocal coach I come across several recurring vocal issues. I will list one of the main ones here and summarise the way in which it can be addressed. Please bear in mind that solving technical challenges is best done together with a good vocal […]

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Marketing yourself as a performer and vocalist

Marketing: How to inspire people to want to see you perform Marketing. A dirty word in the Arts. However, the reality is that if you are to succeed in this competitive business, marketing yourself as an artist is something you need to think about. Why should someone come to see you in a gig or […]

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Healthy speaking and singing

The importance of retracting when you use your voice. I have recently found in a whole host of students that they are constricting when they speak and as a result, constricting when they sing. I am coming up against this so often that I felt it is worth writing about. To explain the mechanics briefly: […]

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Singing Teaching Tour of Australia 2014

I had the enormous pleasure of doing some teaching in Australia recently. Giving vocal workshops for the Musical Theatre courses at Queensland Conservatorium, the Victorian College of the Arts and Showfit (Centrestage Performing Arts School) in Melbourne was exhilarating. The students at all three institutions were hungry to learn and eager to try new approaches, […]

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Group Singing

I love my group singing class. It is the best way to prevent singers from becoming isolated and neurotic. All of a sudden everyone establishes the simple fact that every singer has at least a couple of vocal challenges. If you are interested in booking 4 group singing sessions please e-mail me on leontine@associatedstudios.co.uk.

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Group Singing Mondays 6.30pm – 7.30pm Drop-In

Group Singing is on every Monday evening. It is a Drop-In session and you pay on the day. £20 per session. It is a small class with a maximum of 8 singers. Mostly Musical Theatre singers, actors and dancers who sing, some very advanced, some beginners. You all learn from each other and gain confidence. […]

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Associated Studios

Training and professional development in Opera, Musical Theatre and Acting As well as teaching many singers privately I run a performing arts organisation called The Associated Studios. We have just moved from The Riverside Studios in Hammersmith to our new home in Fulham. Associated Studios started 8 years ago and back then we were based […]

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