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Welcome to a series of enriching webinars where we delve deeper into the subjects covered in the singsing! Fundamentals, while also introducing new topics. Embracing a holistic approach, I also invite esteemed colleagues and professionals from diverse fields related to singing, performing, and the voice to lead webinars.

Acceptance & Commitment Training for Improved Mental Health & Enhanced Performances by Dr. David Juncos

Do you have trouble with …

performance anxiety getting in the way of your artistic growth?
general anxiety affecting your mental health, career and / or personal life?
burnout erasing your energy to execute your plans?

Is it difficult to …

… deal with your anxious convictions and destructive inner voice?
… commit to necessary actions that will help your reach your goals?
… be in touch with your personal values?

Then I highly recommed this 1,5h webinar on Acceptance and Commitment Training – ACT! You will learn how to use skills from ACT to achieve peak performance for yourself (or your students). You’ll first receive a brief introduction to ACT, an evidence-based psychotherapy & coaching model that aims to teach psychological flexibility, through promoting mindfulness and acceptance of one’s symptoms of emotional distress, while also identifying & committing to actions consistent with one’s values. After the intro there will be enough time for all your questions during the Q&A.

David Juncos, PsyD is a clinical psychologist and performance coach with Hornstein, Platt & Associates, Counseling and Wellness Centers, in Philadelphia, PA. He earned his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from La Salle University in 2015.

He has over 15 years experience in treating a variety of clinical problems, including anxiety, mood, and substance use disorders. He specializes in the treatment of music performance anxiety (MPA) and has presented internationally on his research in using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to treat MPA and enhance music performance.

He also is on faculty with the Voice Study Centre, where he provides lectures and tutorials on MPA and quantitative research, ACT, Motivational Interviewing, peak performance, and he trains music teachers in a non-clinical version of ACT to help them manage students’ MPA.

His book, ACT for Musicians: A Guide for Using Acceptance and Commitment Training to Enhance Performance, Overcome Performance Anxiety, and Improve Well-Being, has been published in 2022 with Universal Publishers.

In it, he and co-author Elvire de Paiva e Pona, MA, provide readers with numerous ACT-based techniques for help in managing MPA, enhancing performance, and addressing other common problems facing musicians, such as chronic pain, injury recovery, perfectionism, procrastination, shame, occupational burnout and career uncertainty.

Here are some testimonials of clients I have coached with ACT, after being trained to do this by Dr. David Juncos:

ACT has helped to realise that the vulnerable and most human parts of me, are the things that make me a great singer. I am learning how to use them in my performances after 15 years of trying to push them away. It feels amazing!

Gemma Milburn - UK based Singer and Vocal Coach

Acceptance and Commitment Training David Juncos
2023-12-20T15:22:59+01:00

Gemma Milburn - UK based Singer and Vocal Coach

ACT has helped to realise that the vulnerable and most human parts of me, are the things that make me a great singer. I am learning how to use them in my performances after 15 years of trying to push them away. It feels amazing!
I struggled to understand why I still should invest time and energy in getting better at singing and performing, so Sarah suggested ACT. This session meant so much to me and was just what I needed!

I discovered values I was not fully consciously aware of and what singing and performing actually mean to me. I strongly believe this method will add extra layers of mildness, joy and a much clearer view on my purposes. I can’t wait to discover more!

 

Kelly Van Hove - Entertrainer focused on Soft HR & communication workshops / Vocational Musical Theatre Singer

Acceptance and Commitment Training David Juncos
2023-12-20T15:17:47+01:00

Kelly Van Hove - Entertrainer focused on Soft HR & communication workshops / Vocational Musical Theatre Singer

I struggled to understand why I still should invest time and energy in getting better at singing and performing, so Sarah suggested ACT. This session meant so much to me and was just what I needed! I discovered values I was not fully consciously aware of and what singing and performing actually mean to me. I strongly believe this method will add extra layers of mildness, joy and a much clearer view on my purposes. I can’t wait to discover more!  
I'm thrilled with the life-changing support that ACT has already provided me in just 2 sessions! ACT helps me deal with my professional anxieties in a completely new and positive way. I've learned to accept my anxious thoughts without letting them hold me back from reaching my goals. An eye opener which I highly recommend!

Katrin - Professional Speaker & Relationship Therapist

Acceptance and Commitment Training David Juncos
2023-12-20T15:20:44+01:00

Katrin - Professional Speaker & Relationship Therapist

I'm thrilled with the life-changing support that ACT has already provided me in just 2 sessions! ACT helps me deal with my professional anxieties in a completely new and positive way. I've learned to accept my anxious thoughts without letting them hold me back from reaching my goals. An eye opener which I highly recommend!
ACT allowed me to learn how to work. I now have a schedule with deadlines that are precise and realistic. By focusing on values and committed actions, I see progress and it is very encouraging. Before studying with ACT, I had little results and I had the impression of being a bad singer. Now, I am confident!

Marie Valembois - Vocational Singer

Acceptance and Commitment Training David Juncos
2023-12-20T15:28:31+01:00

Marie Valembois - Vocational Singer

ACT allowed me to learn how to work. I now have a schedule with deadlines that are precise and realistic. By focusing on values and committed actions, I see progress and it is very encouraging. Before studying with ACT, I had little results and I had the impression of being a bad singer. Now, I am confident!
Thanks to ACT, I became aware of my values as a singer. This allowed me to understand why I had certain demands on myself and why I had certain blockages. I also became aware of what I was missing in my journey as a singer: sharing with musicians, with the public. Today, I can't wait to get back on stage 🙂

Marie Valembois - Vocational Singer

Acceptance and Commitment Training David Juncos
2023-12-20T15:25:55+01:00

Marie Valembois - Vocational Singer

Thanks to ACT, I became aware of my values as a singer. This allowed me to understand why I had certain demands on myself and why I had certain blockages. I also became aware of what I was missing in my journey as a singer: sharing with musicians, with the public. Today, I can't wait to get back on stage 🙂
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Acceptance and Commitment Training David Juncos

The Extreme Vocal Effects

In this Add-on webinar, you’ll receive an introduction into the wondrous world of the extreme vocal effects. Learn to use distortion, grunt, growl, pig squeals and much more extreme sounds healthily!

I use the terminology and explanation of Complete Vocal Technique as a basis, but also include terminology and explanations from other methods / models / points of view / … in order to avoid confusion and propagate an open approach.

This Add-on Webinar will teach you a lot by itself, but it could also be the perfect *next step* after the 3 initial webinars on Complete Vocal Technique from The singsing! Fundamentals:

Read the feedback and watch the preview 👇🏼

The webinar was brilliant and made me feel empowered, I left feeling like a rock GODDESS! You were organized, clear, and your energy is so bright. I got so much out of the group workshop, my own session as an active participant and that of the others. Thank you so much for this opportunity!

Dr. Leigh Usilton, DMA - Voice Teacher and Singer

singsing! Sarah Algoet webinar on Complete Vocal Technique CVT Extreme Vocal Effects
2022-09-17T13:43:19+01:00

Dr. Leigh Usilton, DMA - Voice Teacher and Singer

The webinar was brilliant and made me feel empowered, I left feeling like a rock GODDESS! You were organized, clear, and your energy is so bright. I got so much out of the group workshop, my own session as an active participant and that of the others. Thank you so much for this opportunity!
Sarah! Thank you so much for the session today. I learned a lot and just really appreciated your patience and direction and overall teaching style.

Diane Speirs - Singer & Voice Teacher

singsing! Sarah Algoet webinar on Complete Vocal Technique CVT Extreme Vocal Effects
2022-10-07T18:40:04+01:00

Diane Speirs - Singer & Voice Teacher

Sarah! Thank you so much for the session today. I learned a lot and just really appreciated your patience and direction and overall teaching style.
I feel really inspired, I’ve learned a lot! I will definitely use the growl in motown / disco style shows and distortion for various shows too! Creak too! I’m going to practise these and experiment more! Big thank you!
(2 years later) I can confirm I did go on to use those vocal techniques in shows onboard!

Emiglia Monica, Singer

singsing! Sarah Algoet webinar on Complete Vocal Technique CVT Extreme Vocal Effects
2022-09-17T14:44:51+01:00

Emiglia Monica, Singer

I feel really inspired, I’ve learned a lot! I will definitely use the growl in motown / disco style shows and distortion for various shows too! Creak too! I’m going to practise these and experiment more! Big thank you! (2 years later) I can confirm I did go on to use those vocal techniques in shows onboard!

I loved the webinar. I feel Rocking! Happy! Informed! I'm going to play!
Thanks!

Adam Stickler, Musical Theatre Singer

singsing! Sarah Algoet webinar on Complete Vocal Technique CVT Extreme Vocal Effects
2022-09-17T14:23:06+01:00

Adam Stickler, Musical Theatre Singer

I loved the webinar. I feel Rocking! Happy! Informed! I'm going to play! Thanks!
Fantastic seminar. Many many thanks. I have always been fascinated by vocal colouring, distortion and techniques. As a musical theatre singer, it’s great to understand this a bit better. After the webinar today, I felt impressed and inspired. I plan to experiment and dance more to release my tension!

Grace Gardner, Musical Theatre Singer

singsing! Sarah Algoet webinar on Complete Vocal Technique CVT Extreme Vocal Effects
2022-09-17T14:28:24+01:00

Grace Gardner, Musical Theatre Singer

Fantastic seminar. Many many thanks. I have always been fascinated by vocal colouring, distortion and techniques. As a musical theatre singer, it’s great to understand this a bit better. After the webinar today, I felt impressed and inspired. I plan to experiment and dance more to release my tension!
Thank you so much! I have wanted to learn these effects for a long time, but there are limited resources out there, so I have mostly been only experimenting. Great to have you tell us the right / safe way to do it. Thank you! I now feel excited, confident and cool.
(2 years later) As a happy update, I can tell you that I have practiced grunt and growls a lot, and I have now been working as a singing pirate where that skill has come very much in handy!

Susanna Olsen, Singer & Dancer

singsing! Sarah Algoet webinar on Complete Vocal Technique CVT Extreme Vocal Effects
2022-09-17T14:27:24+01:00

Susanna Olsen, Singer & Dancer

Thank you so much! I have wanted to learn these effects for a long time, but there are limited resources out there, so I have mostly been only experimenting. Great to have you tell us the right / safe way to do it. Thank you! I now feel excited, confident and cool. (2 years later) As a happy update, I can tell you that I have practiced grunt and growls a lot, and I have now been working as a singing pirate where that skill has come very much in handy!
You really are a "super teacher". Great to see you work with singers, your enthusiasm, how you try to explain everything in different ways. Hats off to you!

Kenneth Ottoy, Singer of Plagiaat & Piron

singsing! Sarah Algoet webinar on Complete Vocal Technique CVT Extreme Vocal Effects
2022-09-17T13:55:48+01:00

Kenneth Ottoy, Singer of Plagiaat & Piron

You really are a "super teacher". Great to see you work with singers, your enthusiasm, how you try to explain everything in different ways. Hats off to you!
The webinar was AMAZING! Very interesting, lots of info to digest. The theory is very interesting, a good basis. But I also benefited a lot from seeing you work with the active participants. As a beginning singer, it's useful to be able to observe the different techniques like that.

Kenneth Ottoy, Singer of Plagiaat & Piron

singsing! Sarah Algoet webinar on Complete Vocal Technique CVT Extreme Vocal Effects
2022-09-17T13:50:54+01:00

Kenneth Ottoy, Singer of Plagiaat & Piron

The webinar was AMAZING! Very interesting, lots of info to digest. The theory is very interesting, a good basis. But I also benefited a lot from seeing you work with the active participants. As a beginning singer, it's useful to be able to observe the different techniques like that.
Thanks for the workshop, I’m glad I participated! I feel richer with information and experience.

Pieter Van Hecke, Vocational singer

singsing! Sarah Algoet webinar on Complete Vocal Technique CVT Extreme Vocal Effects
2022-09-17T13:58:55+01:00

Pieter Van Hecke, Vocational singer

Thanks for the workshop, I’m glad I participated! I feel richer with information and experience.
Yes!!! It's the future! I now feel free to explore, experiment and express in various ways. I’m going to listen more intently to singers using these styles for variations of style and expression.

Lorna Moore, MA, Bmus, LRSL, BAST, LLCM, ALCM - Singer, Musical Director, Choir Director, Vocal Coach & Lecturer

singsing! Sarah Algoet webinar on Complete Vocal Technique CVT Extreme Vocal Effects
2022-09-17T14:21:19+01:00

Lorna Moore, MA, Bmus, LRSL, BAST, LLCM, ALCM - Singer, Musical Director, Choir Director, Vocal Coach & Lecturer

Yes!!! It's the future! I now feel free to explore, experiment and express in various ways. I’m going to listen more intently to singers using these styles for variations of style and expression.
Many thanks for your session today!! It was very interesting and opened me up to styles I don’t usually work on!
I now feel feel relaxed, progressed and knowledgable. I’m going to see if I can implement it into some of my musical theatre rep where appropriate and use it for pop/rock auditions.

Ashleigh Stevens, Musical Theatre Singer

singsing! Sarah Algoet webinar on Complete Vocal Technique CVT Extreme Vocal Effects
2022-09-17T14:30:16+01:00

Ashleigh Stevens, Musical Theatre Singer

Many thanks for your session today!! It was very interesting and opened me up to styles I don’t usually work on! I now feel feel relaxed, progressed and knowledgable. I’m going to see if I can implement it into some of my musical theatre rep where appropriate and use it for pop/rock auditions.
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singsing! Sarah Algoet webinar on Complete Vocal Technique CVT Extreme Vocal Effects

Performance Psychology by prof. Bert De Cuyper

Do you want to be able to perform optimally at the moments that really matter to you? Are you looking to strengthen your mental skills through tools such as self-talk and imagery? Do you struggle with internal performance inhibitors such as loss of focus during practice sessions, pressure of expectations at performances, or negative thoughts?

Then this webinar is for you!

Singers are vocal athletes who deliver top performances. Being guided by a performance psychologist or performance coach should therefore be self-evident, just like in the world of sport. Unfortunately this is not the case! Many musicians don’t even realize that such help exists…

Bert De Cuyper is emeritus professor of sports psychology at KU Leuven and guest lecturer at LUCA Campus Lemmens. He is the author of several books on communication and emotion management in (top) sport and has more than 30 years of experience in mental coaching of top athletes.

In 2012 he wrote The Psychology of the Top Athlete – From Athletics to Swimming, From Attention to Black Hole. I was immediately a fan, given the many links with the needs of the singers I work with. I also apply many of the principles he cites in the book in my work as a vocal coach, because just focusing on vocal technique is not enough. Within the holistic approach that I always try to apply, mental work is essential.

But I am not a psychologist or therapist…

In 2021, Bert wrote down these many links in the book Making music is top sport – Performance Psychology for musicians on and off stage, together with Griet Baert and Linde Verjans.

In February 2023, Bert and I had a long conversation about his book, following my blog I’m no longer a professional musician. We discussed many options for collaborations, of which writing a book together was the craziest idea… *gasp*

After this webinar…

  • You will be able to better map yourself as a performer through self-reflection.
  • You will discover which dysfunctional thoughts are blocking you and how you can best deal with them.
  • You will understand which emotions you can adjust and how.
  • You will be stimulated to unlearn certain habits and to learn new behaviours, in order to practice more effectively and perform better.
This webinar was recorded in 2023 and is an Add-on to the webinar Fear of Failure & Stage Fright from The singsing! Fundamentals, which was recorded in 2020. Watch both webinars to ensure a complete learning experience!

Tongue Tie in Singers by Jessica Luffey

Do you have trouble with …

  • headaches, jaw tension, neck pain and / or fatigue after singing?
  • high notes and / or switching registers?
  • controlling and / or relaxing your tongue?

Is it difficult to …

  • get clarity of vowels, because your articulation is sometimes slow and sluggish?
  • sing with a relaxed vibrato?
  • understand descriptions of how “easy” singing is, because for you it feels like a juggling act of techniques?

Then this webinar might be the answer to your questions why certain vocal tasks are very challenging for you! Because as many as 25% of the population may have a tongue or lip tie. Did you know that these can have an effect on jaw tension, air management, anxiety, chronic pain AND vocal range, color and resonance?

In this webinar, Jessica Luffey explains how tongue mobility affects breath management, the soft palate, vibrato and larynx placement and how you can eliminate tongue compensations. She also takes you through a quick assesment test to see whether you might have a tied tongue and /or lip.

While pursuing a career as a professional opera singer, Jessica found the world of myology and since then has used her unique set of skills and insights to bridge new ideas between the two worlds. Her extensive practical myo education includes over being trained by the world’s top myo, dental/ortho, and tongue tie experts, authors, and educationalists including Dr. Zaghi, Dr. Baxter, Dr. Micheal Gelb & associates, among others. Her expertise and work has even been featured directly in Dr. Baxter’s blog.

Microphone Technique by Beo Van Haver & Sarah Algoet

I dare to say that 50% of your sound is determined by the microphone you’re singing through, what you do with it, and everything that happens after, like equalizing, compression, reverb, delay, what the sound engineer is doing from behind the mixer,… So:

  • Do you want to learn how to use your microphone functionally?
  • Are you looking to understand the essential technicalities?
  • Do you need to know how to create a sound that suits your artistic identity?
  • Do you want to effectively communicate what you need to the sound engineer(s)?

Then this webinar is for you!

I share all the practical tips & tricks you need and Beo Van Haver explains the more technical side of things.

Beo Van Haver is a well-respected Belgian sound engineer that has toured with Gabriel Rios, Arno, Arsenal, Gorki and Bløf, among others.

These topics are covered:

Microphones & what to do with them

  • How to use your microphone functionally.
  • Dynamic & Condenser Microphones: Which one is right for your voice/genre?
  • Pick up patterns
  • Pitfalls & Don’ts

EQ, Compression & Effects

  • Equalizing: Create your own sound by working with the frequencies (LF, MF & HF)
  • Compression: What does it do to your sound? Why do we need it?
  • Reverb & Delay: What do they create? What are the possibilities?
  • Pitfalls & Don’ts

And so much more!

After this webinar, you will understand how to maximize and enhance your vocal performance:

  • You will do justice to your voice by choosing the right microphone and knowing how to use it.
  • You will have discovered the infinite possibilities of the gear you use… and the pitfalls 😉
  • You will understand how to design your personal sound.
  • You will be able to communicate to the sound engineer(s) what you want and need, during the sound check AND during the performance.
I hired Sarah for a workshop on microphone technique for about 13 vocalists. She did a great job! Everyone was very enthusiastic and learned a lot. She is very professional and has studied the subject enormously. She also knew how to connect well with the different levels of our vocalists.

Peter Smaal - Organizer of Top 2000 Nijmegen

Microphone Technique
2023-11-23T09:37:36+01:00

Peter Smaal - Organizer of Top 2000 Nijmegen

I hired Sarah for a workshop on microphone technique for about 13 vocalists. She did a great job! Everyone was very enthusiastic and learned a lot. She is very professional and has studied the subject enormously. She also knew how to connect well with the different levels of our vocalists.
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Microphone Technique

Brain Friendly Strategies in the Voice Studio

Discover how integrating playful exploration in your lessons can help you to achieve faster and more effective results with your voice students.

In 2021, the Voice Clinic of AZ Delta has invited me to present a lecture on Specific Problems in the Singing Voice for their symposium. I happily accepted, but had some issues with the word “problems” in the proposed title. In the end, this frustration turned into inspiration, and I created this lecture on how we, as teachers / coaches can help singers to learn in the most effective way, based on the most recent insights on motor-learning, with the case study of Sofie as a red thread.

Key concepts of this lecture:

  • The principles of motor-learning
  • The similarities & differences between singers, instrumentalists and elite athletes.
  • Pros & cons of 5 different strategies and how to apply them in the voice studio: Auditive, Kinesthetic, Imaginative, Logical & Visual

I have condensed A LOT of information in this 23 min lecture. I invite you to take much more time when watching the recording, so you can take it all in and not miss a thing 🙂

This lecture is in Dutch, with English subtitles and slides.

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