I attended the Vocal Science workshop on Dec. 4 with Diana Yampolsky and also had a 2 hour lesson prior to it.
Because I was traveling from NYC, she wanted to ensure I got the most out of my brief trip. During the lesson Diane showed great awareness of what was going on with my body and voice. She started with what was essential in creating healthy sounds in speech and in singing. She guided me to facilitate my grasping of the correct way to produce sound. She has a keen ear to hear healthy and unhealthy ways of executing sound. While it took me a while to do this even to a beginning level of understanding, she was positive and in tune with the movement of my body and vocal progress. Repetition with Diana’s guidance and insight was welcome because she was completely dedicated to helping to integrate healthy vocal habits. She could tell if I felt discomfort and gently encouraged me to keep trying the exercise until my body started to comprehend. She modeled for me as well as described clearly the adjustment I should make. And so I started to grasp and improved as the lesson continued.
During the workshop, she applied the same methods to each participant but on a smaller scale. Each person participated for themselves and was invited to provide feedback to others. It is an experiential workshop, thus making it extremely valuable. People come from all over and there were several people there returning because she had helped them with such impact in the past. I highly recommend this course for anyone who seeks to help his/ her voice to heal and grow.
Diana’s intuitive and technical knowledge of the voice, experience of 30 years of teaching people with and without vocal disorders and her undying passion to bring this knowledge to her others makes her a very special teacher. She has dedicated her life to this cause and treats each student uniquely, with compassionate encouragement, and firm conviction according to their needs, with the sole aim to heal their voices. Diana is a vocal shaman.
Thank you Diana for your generosity and going the extra mile with me!