The Colliver Method
Teaching someone to sing or speak confidently is not just about imparting technical knowledge, but more about making one aware of the things that prevent his or her voice from flowing freely. The sounds we make are largely symptomatic of what we do to them – in other words the sound your voice is making is directly caused by the way you think, the way you move, the way you understand and execute the technical information given to you, and the confidence you do or don’t have in your ability to do this. This being so means that before you can master the technical skill of singing, you must firstly become aware of the thoughts and feelings that are preventing you from expressing yourself confidently, and learn to change them into something more constructive and empowering.
The primary reason we are born with a vocal mechanism is to communicate, which at the most primal level secures our chances for survival. How is it then that we question our ability to breathe, support, project, pitch, animate, articulate and resonate, when these are the very components we need to create and project sound? Perhaps one of the reasons is that we have no conscious awareness of how sound is being produced when we first learn to speak as we simply mimic what we hear around us. This being so makes it essential that anyone wishing to improve their voice understands that everything we need is already in place and working naturally, unless there is some type of damage to the vocal folds.
Although I trained as an opera singer and am a passionate believer in the need for a solid classical foundation for all singers, I educate more from a place of health and wellbeing rather than external muscle manipulation. Many educators make the mistake of working on the action of singing from the outside, and yet all action is cultivated and motivated from within.