The Newsletter
January 1st, 2009                                                                  Find your natural dynamic speaking voice and maintain it!
Vocal Tip of the Month!
2008 Recap!

Time flies, doesn't it?!   Everybody was busy celebrating including myself therefore, I will keep this one short and sweet!  It is important at this point to go back a little on what we have learnt to refresh our memory.  Click on the links below to access my 2008 past newsletters.  Please browse through previous issues briefly and stop to review concepts that you feel are the most challenging to you:

January 2008
February 2008
March 2008
April 2008
May 2008
June 2008
September 2008
October 2008
November 2008
December 2008

Also, please do not hesitate to e-mail me if you need clarification or help on any of the topics I discussed this year.  It's always my pleasure to help :)
Interesting Facts
10 Ways to Start 2009 on a Vocally Positive Note

10) Expect complete silence during direct teaching.  Don't raise the volume of your voice unnecessarily.
9) Warm-up your voice daily.
8) Keep your vocal cords hydrated by drinking lots of water.
7) Watch your stature.  Stand up straight!
6) Breathe deeply always from the bottom up of your lungs.
5) Engage your diaphragm to support your breath and consequently your voice.
4) Speak and sing in "the mask".
3) Relax!
2) Be kind to yourself!  Allow mistakes and persevere.
1)  Have FUN with your singing and speaking voice!

Good luck!
Inspiring Quotes and Stories...

New Year's Resolutions

If you are still experiencing problems with your speaking or singing voice, please review the 10 ways to start 2009 on a vocally positive note in the interesting facts colum to the right of this page and choose an area of focus that you feel might be particularly pertinent to you.  Make time into your schedule to practice exercises that will develop a specific ability or take time to reflect daily about how you have been handling your challenges.  With a little conviction and consistency nothing is out of reach.  You can do it!

Relevant Links

Voice Yourself in the Classroom

Valerie Bastien

The Voice Connection
What's Happening?
Happy 2009!

I wish all of you and your families the very best.  Thank you so much for taking the time to read this newsletter and sending me your feedback.  I truly appreciate it!  I have readers from all over Canada and the United States but also the UK, France, Australia, Japan, Israel, Russia and many other far places!  I feel blessed to be able share my passion about the voice with so many of you.  I also want to give special thanks to Jaime Vendera, my mentor and close friend and to my editor Meagan ?? for kindly proof reading my work so promptly every month.  Please continue to let your colleagues, singer friends or anybody else that you feel might benefit from my newsletter and website know about "Voice Yourself".   Youa re making a difference!  All right, time to rise my glass to you all now; cheers!

Things to Note
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Have a wonderful month!

-Valerie Bastien