Maestro Lauer sings “I Dream of Jeannie with the Light Brown Hair,” with classical guitar accompaniment.
An evaluation of a student’s current vocal state and technique is begun at the first lesson. An understanding of terminology is reached and the goals of the student are discussed and evaluated.
Attention to breathing is begun, including both inhalation and exhalation. Any tension issues are brought to the student’s attention and help is suggested to eliminate them. Posture issues are also discussed, if needed. Vocal fold development exercises, along with resonance exercises are begun and explained.
For advanced students, proper vocal techniques are then applied to vocal literature of all types depending on the goals of the student. This will include all classical literature, cantorial literature, musical theater, and rock and reggae music. Skype sessions are available for advanced students who are on tour or who can not be present in person for lessons.
Your otolaryngologist may refer you to Darrell Lauer for vocal therapy pre & post-surgery or if possible, to help you avoid surgery. Mr. Lauer has 41 years’ experience in vocal rehab therapy and speech language pathology. Master of Science degree from Hunter College in speech language pathology Certified Voice Therapist, Master of Music from Michigan State University in vocal performance, awarded a teaching assistantship to do vocal training.
Mr. Lauer has had clinical training. For over fifteen years, Lauer collaborated with Oren Brown, one of the leading voice therapists in America, treating a variety of voice disorders. In his six month internship at Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital he provided diagnostic and therapeutic services to adults, including post-surgical laryngeal rehabilitation and voice restoration as well as neurological and common voice disorders.
An evaluation of the patient is begun, usually after a visit to an otolaryngologist, to determine if there are any physical signs of vocal abuse present. A determination of whether hyper or hypo function of the vocal apparatus is being used is made.
After clearance from the otolaryngologist, vocal therapy exercises are begun to fit the health of the patient. Correct home practice is explained and taught. How to keep a healthy voice is discussed. Allergy issues are addressed, along with acid reflux precautions.