Gratitude for Your Support, and one more thing....

First off, I would like to thank you all for being so supportive of this page, the youtube channel and most recently my video of the recording session from "Desperado". I humbled and grateful for the support. It means the world to me. One of the main reasons why I still go into the studio and record, is to demonstrate how the technique that I teach is still doing it's magic on a not so young singer like myself. I am not of the belief that every vocal coach should be required to get out there and continue performing. Many of the best coaches have chosen to hang up their microphones and focus solely on their students/studios, and that's totally cool. At one point a few years ago I thought I would give up performing and focus only on teaching, with the exception of a tenor section leader position at my church. But then an opportunity came along to join a fabulous, very busy band directed by a wonderful, kind and generous band leader, and I just couldn't turn it down. Working with this band has renewed my love of singing onstage more than ever. Even daily vocal workouts are no longer something I feel I have to do, but rather, something I want to do. Although I do not believe every vocal coach needs to continue performing, I do feel that every coach needs to continue learning about their craft, whether it be by taking private voice lessons with another teacher, attending masterclasses, doing research into the latest developments in vocal science or learning about genres they may not ordinarily teach. Even my own teacher, internationally renowned vocal pedagogue David L. Jones, is still learning new concepts and ways of helping singers find even more freedom in their singing. I love going to lessons because I know he's going to say "Jeff, let me show you something I recently learned. You're going to love what this does for your voice, and you can teach it to your students!" Many of you wonderful vocal coaches that follow this page have shared with me how you attended one of Maestro Jones masterclasses, or that you went to the National Association of Teachers of Singing Conference (NATS) last year and learned so much at the conference. Some of you are studying Yoga-Voice which is becoming hugely popular as we are understanding more and more how the body must be stretched, strengthened and free from tension in order for the voice to function at it's optimum best. I would love to hear from you guys about things you are learning to improve your voice and your teaching skills. Please feel free to share here. Stay tuned to this page. I have more video tutorials coming your way. Thank you all. Keep singing, and let your voice soar!