About Gemma Milburn

 
 
I am fuelled by seeing singers overcome seemingly impossible vocal issues and surpassing even their own expectations. 
— Gemma Milburn

 

 

 
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I have been singing for around 30 years, and was one of those annoying people who always found singing extremely easy. However as my gigging and rehearsal schedule became increasingly busy, the less reliable my voice became, and the more uncomfortable it was to sing. I went from being a high soprano to losing most of the top end of my range, and honestly singing just wasn't fun for me anymore. Nobody around me (including my singing teacher) knew what to do, so I assumed I was no longer ‘talented.’ This was extremely depressing and I wandered around feeling lost for a couple of years.

Eventually I found a Vocal Coach who understood and a technique that worked, and I realised how much time I had wasted by struggling with my voice. Within a few weeks (of hard work and dedication) my voice was back, and within a few months I was training to become a Vocal Coach. I haven’t stopped researching, training or learning about the voice ever since, and am determined to help other singers who are struggling, as I did.

My Methods

Some of you may have had some Vocal Coaching before, and some of you may even be Vocal Coaches yourselves, so I'll give you a quick run through of my technical background.

As a singer I took lessons with various Speech Level Singing Teachers, and this very much informed my early teaching days. However as an independant and curious person, I wanted to learn as much as I possibly could from as many places as I could.  I have also undertaken training in the Estill model, Breathing Coordination, Feldenkrais, Vocal Acoustics, Vocal Health and an abundance of independent research as part of a Post Graduate Certificate in Vocal Pedagogy in conjunction with the fabulous Voice Workshop.

Over the years it has become more and more apparent to me that excellent singing is about SO much more than the muscles around the voice and these days my coaching style is extremely dynamic, encompassing Sensory Learning, Mindset Coaching and the Person Centred Approach. I know that changing our vocal habits happens much more quickly when we take into account the 'whole' person.

I have been an Authorised Instructor for Vocology in Practice since 2013, and since then have been privileged to attend 2 of their teacher training events in Los Angeles. In 2018 I was honoured to be asked to present my Post Graduate Research into the mindset issues that come up in Vocal Training, and workshop my teaching methodology that I designed to counter these. I am extremely proud of this research and have presented my findings at The 2018 Singing Strategy Symposium, and the first ever Midlands Voice Conference.

As well as running my Vocal Coaching studio, I am also a Lecturer at The Academy of Contemporary Music, a writer for iSing Magazine, a lover of hot drinks, an amateur yogi and above all, a Singer.