Mission

Vocal specialist Joep Hegger founded The Vocal Coach in 2013 with a clear mission:

Making science based vocal control easy and accessible. To anyone.

Why?

Because the professional vocal field was (and unfortunately often still is) immensely dense and complicated for no valid reason. Every voice specialist (logopedians, opera singers, professional public speakers, jazz singers, actors, etc.) had their own traditional way of training their skill, using a set of metaphors and traditional exercises as tools.

Spectrum analysis is a popular way to analyze the voice.

Spectrum analysis is a popular way to analyze the voice.

Downsides

That had two major downsides.

One: It didn’t work for everybody. Some people may understand what singing or speaking ‘more yellow’, or ‘projecting’ the voice with more ‘resonance’ means - but most people don’t.

Two: Everybody was talking about the same thing in different ways, making it hard to learn from each other. A logopedian, an actor, an opera singer, a rock singer, they all used the same muscle set in almost the same way, but all of them had a language of their own to talk about it.

How come? Because scientific voice research only started out at the end of the 20th century. Specialists simply had no way of measuring why their methods did, or did not work.

Some people may understand what singing or speaking ‘more yellow’ means - but most people don’t.

New Standards

That changed, however. New vocal research results are being published yearly. Today, we have good reasons to demand that vocal training is

  • easy to understand

  • suiting beginners, experts, and anyone in between

  • suiting both speakers and singers of any kind

  • clear about what exactly is trained and why, and

  • easy to update when new research is published.

Fortunately, that’s exactly what The Vocal Coach offers.