Are you a singer, actor, teacher or someone else who uses their voice professionally?  If so, this course is going to be a game changer for you.

It's really important to understand that singing, acting, narrating, teaching or public speaking is an athletic event. You need to pay attention to the whole body, as well as the condition of your instrument. The food you eat, the sleep you get, the amount you hydrate, all of these things can have a HUGE impact on the general health and stamina of your voice.

In this course, you're going to learn all that, plus the right warm-up and cool-down exercises and a basic understanding of vocal anatomy. 

Once you have this knowledge in hand, you'll be able to move forward creatively with less fear. 

When it comes to taking care of your voice and your career, knowledge is power, and good habits are gold.

Course Curriculum

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    Module One - The Marvelous Human Voice

    • Quick Voice Quiz... just for fun.

    • Piano strings and folks who can SING!!!!

    • "I've Got The Power!" - The Breath

    • The Larynx, Vocal Folds & Good Vibrations!

    • Resonance and Resolution.

    • Module One Quiz - Vocal Anatomy and Physiology

  • 3

    Module Two- When something goes wrong!

    • Vocal injury - What it looks like, and why it happens.

    • Acute and Chronic Vocal Injury - nasty photo's be warned!

    • Food and drink and stuff to make you think

    • Module Two Vocal Injury Quiz

  • 4

    Module Three - Prevention is better than cure.

    • Practical steps to take care of your voice.

    • Massage and warm-ups

    • Straw warm-ups

    • Easy warm-ups - high voice range

    • 5th intervals - high voice range

    • Easy warm ups - low voice range

    • Practice Track - Low Voice range - 5ths

    • Tongue Release

    • Cool-Downs

    • Descending cool-down runs for a high voice range

    • Descending cool-down runs for a low voice range.

    • In the booth - A few extra notes for Voice Actors

    • Q & A

    • Thank you and congratulations!

    • Before you go...

About the instructor

Vocal Coach

Julia Norton

Julia Norton is a singer, actor and voice coach, with over 25 years experience teaching people how to enjoy a free and healthy voice. Born in the UK, she has been singing her whole life. Always compelled to understand the emotional story behind a singer’s experience, she discovered Voice Movement Therapy and qualified in 2000 right before moving from London to San Francisco. She has composed music for theatre & circus, music directed, has an award winning album ‘Lullaby Island’, performed jazz and musical theatre, and trained as a voice actor. She was a teaching artist for the San Francisco Opera Guild, has presented at conferences all around the world and has an online course in Vocal Health for Professional Voice Users in addition to teaching in person classes. In 2018 she won a Voice Arts award for her lead role in Disney’s Star Wars game Jedi Challenges and launched her popular podcast Dark and Twisty Tales. She currently divides her time between acting, teaching, singing and getting up to stuff with her family and noisy terrier.

What others have been saying about this course:

5 star rating

An Excellent, Practical Guide

Tyson Underwood

This course is very practical and well rounded. Julia teaches a lot of technical information about how the voice works, and corrected some mistaken ideas I ...

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This course is very practical and well rounded. Julia teaches a lot of technical information about how the voice works, and corrected some mistaken ideas I had had about the voice since acting school, years ago. And she gives a sensible, usable method to safely warmup, cool down and otherwise prepare for demanding voice work. The course provided me with a clear picture of how the voice works and swept away a lot of the junk in my head that wasn't doing my voice any good. It should be the new standard.

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5 star rating

SO HELPFUL!

Annette Oliveira

This course has been amazingly helpful to me. I'm 74 years old and it took until now for me to visually understand what the vocal cords look like and to lea...

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This course has been amazingly helpful to me. I'm 74 years old and it took until now for me to visually understand what the vocal cords look like and to learn how they interact with the physical, voice-producing structures around them. This is so useful to me as an actor now focused on audiobook work. I do some aspect of Julia's warmups before every recording session and it makes an enormous difference. Pain that I had from TMJ for about a year is much diminished. My neck and shoulder area feels more relaxed overall. I'm finding it easier to take deep, nourishing, quiet, relaxed breaths while I record. I keep dipping back into the course for reminders of warmups and cool downs and for images of the vocal structures. Thank you Julia.

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5 star rating

Putting it all together...

Ali Wilder

I've been a voice professional for a long time but was feeling like I had less control over my sound as I've been getting older. Through Julia's course, I fo...

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I've been a voice professional for a long time but was feeling like I had less control over my sound as I've been getting older. Through Julia's course, I found some tools I now use regularly but also realized some habits I'd developed that were simple fixes for me as well! Julia's course been a game changer. Thanks, Julia!

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5 star rating

Great info & and Amazing Resource

Jim Edgar

As a working voice actor, I rely upon my voice every day. I stress the heck out of it at times and always felt as though I needed to take better care of it. ...

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As a working voice actor, I rely upon my voice every day. I stress the heck out of it at times and always felt as though I needed to take better care of it. When Julia announced this course, it brought together great information about the way my vocal system works and combined it with easy, actionable steps to care for it. This course has been both a lifesaver and restorative tool. The fact that we get to enjoy Julia's singular wit and energy through the videos is an even greater bonus. Well worth the investment - this is an exceptionally beneficial course! Thank you Julia!

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Essential learning for voice actors

Stacey Anderson

Julia's course is essential learning for anyone stepping into a booth with a long day ahead. The warm-up exercises are not only helpful but also silly and f...

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Julia's course is essential learning for anyone stepping into a booth with a long day ahead. The warm-up exercises are not only helpful but also silly and fun! Cool-down exercises are absolutely key, to reset yourself and be kind to your voice. My favorite thing about this course is the downloadable warm-up and cool-down piano accompaniments that Julia provides. That, or the fact that I get to meow like a deranged cat and say I'm doing it for work!

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