Jill's Blog

March 19, 2015

Thank You Vancouver!

It has been a great year so far, and I have been so lucky to meet so many talented people that have wanted to start lessons. It is a really big leap of faith to try something new, or even if you have had lessons before, but need a new perspective. I am amazed and inspired by these people everyday, and I am looking forward to working with more of you out there, thinking about or ready to try something new!

I also have been asked to work the Squamish Valley Music Festival again this year. Being behind the scenes and having the artists want my help and guidance is out of this world! Can't wait to see how it unfolds!

I continue to work my butt off, but pinch myself that I get to sing and share my love of it with all of you. Thanks Vancouver and Canada for spreading my name and my quality of work. It is just awesome!

August 20, 2014

Busy 2014 so far!

There are only a couple weeks left of summer and I am sitting back thinking about how amazing this year has been so far.

1) My brand new private studio off Commercial Drive has been a complete success. Being only blocks away from the Skytrain Station, the move for my students has been an easy one. Also, the delivery of my baby grand piano has been the cherry on top. So proud of my space and so thankful that all my students have been so accommodating.

2) Have been working with Arcade Fire on a new project... Cannot reveal much, but what an experience!

3) The Peak Performance Project has brought a lot of singers through my door. Soloists and bands wanting to brush up on vocals as well as work on their stage performance.

It has been a great year so far, and I am looking forward to an even better Fall. I do have some availability left, so for those students that would like to come check out a lesson don't hesitate to email or call.

Thanks again Vancouver for all your support! More exciting projects on the go and cannot wait to share more!

June 1, 2012

10 Tips To Keep Your Voice In Shape

1. Drink water to keep your body well hydrated, and avoid alcohol and caffeine. Your vocal cords vibrate very fast, and having a proper water balance helps keep them lubricated. Important note: Foods containing large amounts of water are excellent hydration-conscious snacks, including apples, pears, watermelon, peaches, melons, grapes, plums, bell peppers and applesauce.

2. Allow yourself several “vocal naps” every day, especially during periods of extended use. For instance, teachers should avoid speaking during the breaks between classes and find quiet ways to spend the lunch hour rather than talking in a noisy staff room with colleagues.

3. Don’t smoke, or if you already do, quit. Smoking raises the risk of throat cancer tremendously, and inhaling smoke (even secondhand smoke) can irritate the vocal cords.

4. Don’t abuse or misuse your voice. Avoid yelling or screaming, and try not to talk loudly in noisy areas. If your throat feels dry or tired, or your voice is getting hoarse, reduce your voice use. The hoarseness is a warning sign that your vocal cords are irritated.

5. Keep your throat and neck muscles relaxed even when singing high notes and low notes. Some singers tilt their heads up when singing high notes and down when singing low notes. Over time, you will pay for this habit—not just with strained vocal muscles but also by causing future limits on the vocal range.

6. Pay attention to how you speak every day. Even performers who have good singing habits can cause damage when they speak. Many skilled singers don’t continue their healthy habits when they speak.

7. Don’t clear your throat too often. When you clear your throat, it’s like slamming your vocal cords together. Doing it too much can injure them and make you hoarse. Try a sip of water or swallow to quench the urge to clear. If you feel like you have to clear your throat a lot, get checked by a doctor for such things as acid reflux disease, or allergy and sinus conditions.

8. When you’re sick, spare your voice. Don’t talk when you’re hoarse due to a cold or infection. Listen to what your voice is telling you.

9. When you have to speak publicly, to large groups or outdoors, think about using amplification to avoid straining your voice.

10. Humidify your home and work areas. Remember, moist is good for the voice.

Further, warming up the voice is not just for singers, the researchers say. Think of it like stretching and loosening up before exercise. Easy, daily warm-ups for your voice:

1. Do lip or tongue trills in the morning (try it in the shower or on your drive to work) to facilitate better use of airflow and breath.
2. Perform gentle humming and cooing to warm up your voice in the morning.
3. If you do more vocally complex warm-ups too, such as vocal scales, do the simple warm-ups first.
4. Repeat these exercises throughout the day to reduce muscular tension in the neck, shoulders and jaw.
5. At the end of the day, perform a cool-down of the voice with similar vocal tasks.

April 6, 2011

April 5, 2011

HERE I AM is available on ITUNES!!!

Please go and purchase "Here I Am" on ITUNES!!! The single is being released by Bedouin Soundclash featuring my choir from the St. James Music Academy!!!

The song is 0.99 and all the money goes to our school. Please support and pass this along!

March 22, 2011

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