Why We Do What We Do

By Jeff Tarver. Lead Coach and Studio Owner.

Our mission has always been the success of each client. We take pride in seeing our clients grow, advance in their fields, and above all – develop a greater love for the art of creating. Whether a student in in singing lessons or the in depth talent services we offer, it is a thrilling experience to help students unleash more of their identity in their performance and artistry.

We understand that many vocal coaches and the industry can be critical for students who don’t achieve the unrealistic goal of “perfection”. At Inner Artist Performance Studios, we continually thrive to inform students that authenticity simply and must always come over the ideal of “perfection”. Fame is not the goal, but instead to develop a greater love of your passion, inspire audiences, and communicate fearlessly.

When we see our clients unlock these elements of their creative selves, in any of our courses, this reminds us why we developed this business. It is a mission we have to develop this “safe space” of creation for all. At Inner Artist Performance Studios, each client is taught that the greatest talent is the talent each diversely brings to the table.

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Vocal Health Tips

an article from singingforaliving.com

Dr. Martin Hopp is founder of the Tower Center for E.N.T. and practices at the Cedar Sinai Medical Center in Beverly Hills, California.

Dr. Hopp’s Rules for Vocal Maintenance

  • Your singing voice is an extension of your speaking voice.
  • If you abuse your voice speaking, your singing will be affected.
  • Get a lot of sleep, drink plenty of water, and participate in exercise.
  • Rest, moisture, and muscle tone are the three key ingredients to good vocal health.
  • Going in and out of changing climates (cold/dry/warm) irritates vocal cords.
  • Smoke is the biggest enemy. It dries and irritates the throat.
  • Alcohol dries the throat. It is a major enemy to the voice.
  • Talking while smoking is very damaging.
  • Caffeine is a drying agent. Avoid it or limit your intake.
  • Never yell or scream in conversation, especially in dry climates.

Moisture is the key to maintaining healthy vocal cords.

  • Use a vaporizer when living in dry climates, every day.
  • Drink plain water to keep your vocal cords moist.
  • The cords need to be hydrated from absorption through your system.
  • There are no sprays or potions that help the voice more than consuming a lot of water.
  • Sip water on breaks when singing.
  • Water dilutes &  flushes mucous in the throat so it wont collect on the vocal cords.
  • Place a vaporizer about two feet away from your nose when you sleep.
  • Cool mist vaporizer is better than hot mist because it does not promote bacteria growth.
  • Don’t put and fragrances or additives in the vaporizer- never eucalyptus – which dry out the voice.
  • To prevent  bloody nose or dry sinuses in extremely dry climates

For dry throat, use glycerin based lozenges
such as Grether’s Black Currant Pastilles or Pine Brothers Honey.

Dr. Hopp’s Tips for Touring

  • Don’t sing while flying on an airplane, and keep your talking to a minimum.

The background noise is 30 to 60 decibels .
It is  an extremely  loud environment.
You will  fatigue your voice speaking over the noise.

  • The humidity on an airplane might drop as low as 3%! Drink one glass of water per hour on the plane, and don’t sing the same day you fly.
  • Go straight to the hotel after getting off the plane and take a 20-minute steam shower.
  • Call ahead to hotel and ask concierge  put a vaporizer in your room so it’s running when you arrive.
  • Use vaporizers -warm or cool mist- at  hotels where the recycled air is also  very dry.
  • Use only plain water in the vaporizer – no additives or fragrances.

Use  saline nasal spray, such as AYR or OCEAN, to keep membranes moist.

Authenticity over Perfection

The Mindset of the Artist

“I challenge students to be the most authentic and real versions of themselves, pulling from life experiences (with sensitivity), finding subjects and messages they are passionate about, and working to take this craft they are passionate about to form something meaningful and real. It is about taking the gift you are given and providing a relevant and meaningful service of communicating and connecting with your audience.”