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The Vocal Coach

When you need help to improve your stage confidence, presentation and communication skills, and to adjust the sound of your voice and the rhythm of your speech to get the most out of every vocal encounter.

Based on recent physiological and psychological research as well as years of experience as a public speaking coach and stage performer, I developed a method to make our immensely complex voice easily accessible.

This way, I can help improve your stage confidence, presentation and communication skills, and show you how to adjust the sound of your voice and the rhythm of your speech to get the most out of every vocal encounter.

A Three Step Method for Clarity and Efficiency

To quickly get a flexible and confident voice that suits every need, we mainly need to keep things simple and train efficiently. That’s why my method consists of three simple steps that will break down even the most complicated vocal issues into workable units.

Step One: Analysis

The goals in vocal training are very different: Some want to improve their presentation skills, others want to get that low and powerful voice right for a sales pitch, others simply want a voice that doesn’t grow tired. In any case, the first step we need to take is analysis. The better you understand what you’re aiming for, the more you can rule out, making your goals clearer and your training more efficient.

Using every day examples as well as cases from your field of work, we quickly identify which vocal sound you need when, why, and how.

Step Two: Technique

After defining the goal, all you need is the proper toolbox to start work. This consists of two technique packages:

Vocal technique: Physiological knowledge to be able to make every vocal sound you can think of. Really. Every single one. We all have the same set of muscles, so you can reproduce anything you hear anywhere.

Performance technique: Presentation skills, communication skills, rhetorics, stage fright management – anything that stands between your and satisfied customers/audience/officials/team members/superiors/externals/etc.

Custom tailored to your personal need, a good mix of these two will equip you with everything you need to know to prepare or quickly fix your voice.

Step three: Feedback Cycle

Now it’s time to go out and do it! The third step is to create your personal feedback cycle by trying out what you learned in step two to constantly refine the goals and wishes posed in step one. Now you know how to analyze both success and failure, using your vocal toolbox to improve your voice whenever you speak!

Through case simulation, we prepare ourselves on site for this sometimes challenging but immensely powerful final stage in vocal improvement.

Over The Vocal Coach

In 2004, I first encountered physiological vocal technique: An approach to the voice that takes the muscles of our body and the sounds they produce as its sole components, respecting vocal traditions and aesthetics but rejecting their linear bias.

The implication of this struck me: It meant that we can learn to control every sound component of our voice, without having to stick to a particular way of speaking or singing: We can be flexible experts of the voice, using one technical framework to conduct a convincing sales pitch, sing an opera aria, whisper a jazz song, or shout on the sports field. Without the voice ever getting tired.

Every excellent voice out there turned from a utopian inspiration to a realistic, workable goal.

After releasing my first LP record in 2012, I felt that this technical framework had given me so much in the exploration of my signature sound as well as in massively boosting my presentation/stage skills: I had to spread the word.

This resulted in my first vocal studio opening in Berlin in early 2013. I started coaching individuals as well as groups, public speakers as well as singers, professionals and amateurs, from every age group and background imaginable. I also started working as a choir director and arranger.

In 2017, inquiries increased from my home country of the Netherlands, as a result of which I am currently sharing my time between Amsterdam and Berlin.

It is hard to coherently describe the wealth of information that the wide variety of public speaking cases, songs, and music pieces has given me. Today, I combine this experience as a vocal coach with with recent publications on vocal research to offer the unique framework my clients use to always find what many of them first though was impossible:

A voice that feels free and sounds right, no matter what.

The Vocal Coach

Joep Hegger

Blauwpijpstraat 22
1019 KW Amsterdam

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