Vocal efficiency isn't what you think it is.
Vocal efficiency has been a bit of a buzzword in pedagogy in the last few years. We can talk about it all the time in voice lessons, but...
Mature singers are some of my favorite clients to work with. Many of them are singing for enjoyment and for enrichment in their lives, which is such a wonderful reason to sing.
And of course some singers are still performing at high levels. Those singers are inspiring to me to keep working on my own voice so I have the best chance to keep singing at my best for as long as possible.
Mature voices have different needs than younger singers, but most voice teachers with pedagogy training were not taught about the comprehensive needs of older voices. There's so much we can do to help our mature clients to sing at their best and to feel good about singing. The first step is understanding how voices change as we age.
We'll talk about the unique challenges teachers can face with older voices, tips for addressing them, when it's time to send a client for outside help, and some ideas for encouraging singers who are dealing with the very real emotions that can come with change.