I am passionate about helping others to sing because I know that regular teaching not only improves their instrument, but it also improves their overall quality of life and health.
I get huge satisfaction out of helping students improve their technique, reach their vocal and musical goals and learn new music, but I also regard singing as in part, a form of therapy and personal development.
Studies repeatedly show that there is a direct link between healthy vocal production and happy, healthy, productive people. As well as improving a person's singing or speaking voice and breathing technique, regular singing helps combat depression, stress and anxiety and even can help relieve pain.
Singing produces endorphins ('happy hormones') similar to those produced when we exercise. Many people spend their days doing stressful work which requires minimal physical movement or deep breathing.
In daily life there can be a tendency to detach our creative, emotional side from our analytical, intellectual side. When we sing we have to use all these different aspects of ourselves at the same time, giving the brain (and the body) a thorough work-out. Having your voice really 'heard' by another human is both a challenging and an extremely fulfilling experience.
Ultimately, the better we feel in ourselves, the better we sing, and vice versa.