DYV Students: Student Spotlight Interview No. 6

January 22, 2014

Hey friends! I want to introduce you to Tiffany. Tiffany and I have been working together for about a year and as you can see, she knows how to win my affection! A birthday cake. Mmmm. But it’s not just the cake, she is a dedicated student and fun person to be with. So, let’s get to know her a bit better…

Davin: Hey, Tiffany! How’s it goin’? Tell us a bit about yourself… you know… what do you during the days? Where are you from? etc.?

Tiffany: Hey Davin it’s going great! Well I am a native Chicagoan. I am a speech pathologist by day for Chicago Public Schools. I love being a SLP and I love working with my little kiddos!

Davin: So, why voice lessons? What brought you to give this whole thing a try?

Tiffany: I initially started out with voice lessons to audition for the worship team at my church. I have always been in a church choir, but never part of a smaller group of singers that people can actually hear you! 

Davin: Have you seen ways in which being a speech pathologist has connected with singing lessons?

Tiffany: I have seen many connections between being an SLP and voice student. One of the biggest connections is the importance of “placement.” It amazes me how the one thing that I push with my students who are working on speech sounds plays such a critical role in singing. Also the importance of resonance in sound. At times voice lessons can feel like speech therapy the only difference is I’m not the teacher…and that’s the hard part! 

Also as a speech therapist who is learning proper techniques I realize all the more how you can damage the voice and how it actually feels to strain. Also, I’ve learned the importance of “vocal rest” for voice clients as well as singers. It has been and continues to be a learning experience being in the student chair versus the teacher’s chair.

Davin: Have there been components of voice lessons that have surprised you?

Tiffnay: The most surprising thing for me is how much work singing is. When you actually put together breathing, vowels, resonance, pitch and volume correctly it is exhausting! 

Davin: Do you have any specific goals for voice lessons?

Tiffany: The goals that I have set for myself are to become more vocally healthy. Because I do come from a primarily gospel singing background I must admit most of the time I do not follow the rules for posture and breath support. Also to learn to make the music mine and not always try to sing like the artitsts or imitate others. 

Davin: Thanks, Tiffany! And, thanks again for the cake. 

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