Mark’s personal introduction to teaching music, sound and performance
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I offer various programs for those interested to learn with me. Before presenting an overview, let me introduce my general attitude to the voice, singing and the performing arts in general. As a performer, voice teacher, music researcher and scholar I have devoted much time and energy to reach a stage where I feel truly free about using sound and voice in any way I want. It was not always easy to follow this path. But I can confidently say that I have enjoyed every step I took, from the very early beginnings, when I had no clue I would some day call myself a ‘singer’ or a ‘performer’.
I am not only aiming for technique, expression, skill or beauty in music.
In the course of many years of practice, and by facing many failures and new challenges, I realised that one of the most important things for me is to enjoy not only what I aim for or know well, but also what is unexpected and unknown. It has become sort of my mission to tap into a hidden creative potential, both of myself and of people I work with or train.
My aims in working with the voice, sound and music as a teacher are two-fold:
1. To give proper, well-informed training and guidance, supported by tools and information from reliable scientific/artistic sources. Very often this is aimed at specific goals (for example, learning to sing overtones). A solid training on a professional level, but for students of any background.
2. To teach people to use the voice as a powerful, transformational medium at the very center of their whole being (body and mind). A medium rich with emotions, hidden messages, unique qualities, uncertainties, and so on. By exploring all kinds of voices together, we connect with hidden potentials, sometimes of considerable power.
Much of my teaching uses these two strategies. I feel that a one-sided approach to skill/technique or ‘art’ does not work for all people. Even many music professionals I have worked with are delighted to let go of predefined artistic templates and get to know deeper, fundamental ways of expression that defy regular artistic, scientific or communicative concepts and practices.
In September 2014 the first RESONANCE Yeargroup started. It quickly filled up so we organised a second, parallel course. In september 2015 a new group will start and several days or weekends will be organised for old students so they can continue to explore sound and music together. RESONANCE is losely centred around working with vocal harmonics (overtone singing) and timbre. It includes a wide range of topics and practices drawn from folk, Buddhist and Christian music traditions and chanting and from various kind of new music where you can explore the untapped potentials of your own voice.
Every once a while there are international workshops, such as the ones in Hong Kong, which are English-spoken only. A great opportunity for English speakers to learn overtone singing and many more ways of using and freeing the voice, in a short time-frame. Learn more here.
Voice-professionals (speakers, singers) seeking help to improve their performance and work on their vocal presence can contact Mark. We will make an appointment to get more out of your voice.