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online vocal & presentation coaching with Alexander Technique via Skype

Freeing your voice - The Alexander Technique applied to the speaking and singing voice

Alan Mars offers vocal coaching – face to face via Skype

Alan Mars, voice coach & Alexander Technique teacher, is now offering online voice coaching via Skype:

Spoken voice coaching:

Has your voice, and confidence, ever faltered during a presentation, a meeting, an audition or a musical solo? Develop a reliably confident voice through the Alexander Technique, vocal coaching and specially adapted performing-arts techniques. Experience increasing poise – read more here …

Singing voice coaching:

I can help you to free your singing voice – to sing with greater ease, clarity, resonance and power. I can help you reduce performance nerves and to – read more here …

If you have a Skype account and a webcam we can get to work in the comfort of your own home or office. Payment is via PayPal. Pricing details for 30 minute, 45 minute or one-hour sessions are at the foot of the page.

What will you need to get started?

If you are based near Brighton and Hove and would prefer to meet person to person to have lessons please email me on alan.mars@yahoo.co.uk or call 07930 323 057 to arrange an appointment

Who is Alan Mars?

Alan Mars has taught voice-work, singing Alexander Technique privately and at many top London drama and music schools including – The Arts Educational Drama School, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal College of Music, since 1982.

He has taught presentation skills within many top British and international companies including – Abbey National, General Electric, Sainsbury’s, Lloyds of London and many others since 1992.

Alan offers individual lessons, group classes and in-house coaching. He is a member of the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique.

Terms and conditions

  • Payments must be received via PayPal at least 24 hours before the lesson.
  • If payment is not received the lesson will be cancelled automatically.
  • No refunds will be given if you fail to log in for your lesson.
  • Alan will not be held responsible for any connection or technical difficulties during the lesson.
  • If you are late to log in for your session the lesson will still finish at the agreed time – extra time will not be added.

Alan Mars – online vocal coaching with Alexander Technique via Skype

Freeing your voice - The Alexander Technique applied to the speaking and singing voice

Killing the English language? Easyjet safety announcement. Voice & speech coach

I had an unusual experience today. I was flying by Easyjet and… I could clearly hear and understand every single word of the safety announcement! Well done Sarah!

I had just been coaching an executive, of eastern European origin, who worked for an American multi-national company. I said to him that native English speakers were frequently the worst culprits for massacring the language. He was extremely surprised and sceptical about this assertion.

“Ok” I said “have you ever listened to a Lufthansa safety in English?”

He nodded to indicate “Yes”.

“So,” I continued “what about an Easyjet safety announcement – in English?”

He conceded my point and went on to say that, as a non native speaker of English, he found them impossible to understand. As a native speaker I also find them virtually incomprehensible.

Why? Well I sympathise with the crew. I want to underline quite clearly here that I think Easyjet staff are extremely hard working and demonstrate great professionalism in a demanding work environment.  And, as a professional performer myself, I would also hate to be ignored completely by an audience of over 100 people.

So the crew member who delivers the safety announcement, more often than not, rushes through it at breakneck speed with all the under-articulated words and syllables melting into one another.

Only a really skilled native English speaker could make such a glorious mess of it! And I know that they can speak very clearly when they want to – which is most of the time. Announcements about food and drink, onwards travel, landing cards and charitable donations are all clear.

And what message do the passengers get? The safety check, at least by comparison, doesn’t really matter – let’s tick this item off the list as quick as possible.

Now, I sympathise because I’ve been there. As a musician and a public speaker I’ve spoken to inattentive or even hostile audiences. And through training and experience I honed that special combination of body language, vocal strength and verbal clarity and verbal clarity that, more often or not, turns the situation around.

The point that I’d like to make is this – learning doesn’t only happen consciously, it also happens unconsciously. If you speak clearly, reasonably slowly and with authority:

1. The passengers, maybe just a few, are more likely to listen to you.

2. Even if they don’t listen to you consciously the message is more likely to embed in the unconscious anyway – we’ve all had the experience, for example, of a tune or snatch of conversation that we just can get out of our mind… I believe the Germans call it an “earworm”.

Clearly the crew are under a great deal of time pressure during the period of embarkation and take off. Where does that pressure come from I wonder?

Easyjet management and training – are you listening? The safety announcement is more than just a list item. English, the language of Shakespeare, is a beautiful language.  Please give the words the vocal power and clarity they deserve – it’s called “stage presence” and “stage craft”.