About

Sharon Rowntree Vocal Success Studios – 4 Pebble Beach Drive Runaway Bay

A singing teacher for Singing Lessons on the Gold Coast - With more than 25 years experience in singing, NO voice is untrainable!

  • Uses the same techniques used by Michael Jackson, Hayley Williams of Paramore, Taylor swift, Stevie Wonder and over 120 other grammy award winners!
  • The first Accredited Brett Manning Associate Teacher in Australia.
  • IVTOM (International Voice Teachers of Mix) Teacher Mentor for Australia
  • Was the Education Advisory Board Member representing Australia for Speech Level Singing (SLS), and was the highest accredited teacher in Australia

Sharon Rowntree is the driving force behind Vocal Success Studios delivering a revolutionary vocal training technique that maximizes your vocal abilities in any style of singing. From Opera to Rock; Jazz to Pop or R&B, recognised Performers are using this technique to perfect their vocal presence and empower their voices. Singing Lessons are available in Person at her Studio in Runaway Bay on the Gold Coast, or Via Skype.

 

PS - Sharon still performs practising what she teaches.. see her website - DustyandtheDivas

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Speech Level Singing EAG (Education Advisory Board Member)

Looking for answers to singing easily, Sharon became involved with Speech Level Singing. She travelled to the United States to take lessons with Seth Riggs. He helped her extend her range and free up her singing, and explained how easily it can be done with Students. At his studio in Los Angeles she was able to observe Seth teach and listen to one of the Top Vocal Coaches in the world. Seth taught Barbara Streisand and Michael Jackson. His technique has been used by over 120 grammy award winners. Sharon achieved Level 4.5 in the SLS teacher community before leaving SLS.

She was the Education Advisory Board Member representing Australia for Speech Level Singing (SLS), and was the highest accredited teacher in Australia. She arranged Voice seminars and teacher training for SLS and ran countless workshops over the 9 years she was involved in SLS.

Her business - Speech Level Singing Australia has since been renamed to Vocal Success Studios. Seth continues to operate Speechlevelsinging.com and this link will take you to the current accredited SLS teachers worldwide. 

9 years with Speech Level Singing

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Brett Manning Studios – Singing Success Vocal program

While searching for answers about a more contemporary method Sharon went to Nashville to study with Brett Manning,(Brett Manning is an American singer and vocal coach. Over the course of his career Manning has trained many well-known music artists including Taylor Swift, Hayley Williams, Keith Urban, Frank Petrucci, and Wes Hampton)

Brett explained the technique he developed and Sharon decided to join the Associate teacher program and became the first Brett Manning Associate Teacher in Australia..

2011 with Brett Manning in Nashville, Tennesee

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IVTOM – Mentor

Long time friend and Mentor, Dean Kaelin left the SLS organisation and formed the IVTOM group in 2011. Sharon became involved shortly after its creation and was recently appointed Teachers Mentor for South East Asia.

The International Voice Teachers of Mix (IVTOM) is a non-profit organization that provides education, interaction, and community for teachers who continually strive to be the best in their field. Since our founding in 2011, IVTOM has established the objective of supporting teachers who take responsibility for continually expanding their knowledge of teaching the art and science of singing.

Members of IVTOM strive to teach natural, unaffected, beautiful and healthy vocal production, with a return to pure bel canto singing in all styles.

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Mixed Voice – About Bel Canto – Courtesy Dean Kaelin

In order for any stringed instrument to function efficiently two elements must be present: one, the vibration of the string creating the pitch, and two, the resonance of the instrument creating tone. Like a piano, violin, guitar, harp, cello, viola, etc., the voice is a stringed instrument and depends on these two functions for proper vocalization. When the vocal folds come together, the vibration between them creates a pitch depending on the length, thickness, and tension of the vocal folds. This pitch resonates throughout the body, creating the tone of that pitch.

Both of these elements were given equal importance in the original and pure bel canto technique. However, in the late 19th century there was a split within the bel canto world. One group continued on as “bel canto,” focusing more on the resonant portion of the technique and the movement of the resonance behind the soft palate. The other group focused more on the vibration portion of the technique, calling itself “forward singing.” The bel canto group is considered by many today as the style of “classical” singing, and the forward singing has developed into what is more commonly known as “belt” or “broadway belt” singing.

In Mix, we desire to bring the two elements fully back together. “Behind the soft palate” accesses the “head voice” and the “forward singing” brings the vocal folds fully together and accesses the “chest voice.” By mixing the chest and head voice you receive the full benefits of “both voices”: the natural and powerful sound of the chest voice, and the beauty and range of the head voice. As a singer learns to sing using both of these resonances and trains the vocal folds to stay together, it is possible to vocalize smoothly and evenly from one register to the next. The relationship of the two elements working together will create an even, smooth vocalization and, as a result, eliminates the “breaks” in the voice. The “break” is the passagio (passage) that occurs in most singers while attempting to vocalize from one register to the next. The “break” is a common complaint among vocalists. Mix, a balanced and healthy approach to singing, eliminates the “break” in the voice.

Depending on how these two resonances are “mixed,” a variety of sounds can be created and all styles of music can be accommodated. A sound that is natural and unaffected throughout the entire vocal range can be used in all styles of singing.