SAMPLE CASE STUDIES
(All these successes were achieved using the callisthenic programme being described here)
Michael - Presented as a 48 yr old who had not sung a tune since his voice broke. He had a very restricted baritone range of about 5 notes and was apparently ‘tone deaf’. By refocusing his voice into the head spaces, rather than the throat, he was able to sing the song. ‘Love is all around’ at his third lesson! There was nothing wrong with his hearing. The next part of the process was to steadily merge this new ‘head voice’ with the baritone range and we successfully created a standard male baritone voice which had not existed when left to nature.
Denise - At age 45 decided she wanted to sing with her new partner who was established as an amateur entertainer around local clubs and functions. The problem was she could not sing above G on the second music line and a reality check could have been quite negative. However I took up the challenge and again a complete refocusing of the voice into the head succeeded in creating a totally new soprano voice which within six months was singing successfully in public.
Sue - At age 48 decided to overcome the negativity of her school music experience and courageously came for lessons. Another case of ‘tone deafness’ which turned out to have nothing to do with her hearing. Within a year she was singing up to top G as soprano and moved on to having personal success at singing quite difficult songs (Handel, Bach, Haydn, Shakespeare songs etc) and eventually the range extended to high Bb.
Alice - At age 8 Alice had a beautiful voice which could soar up to a high D. At age 12 nature knocked a large ‘hole’ in the voice between 4 th line D and 5 th line F. Judicious use of the callisthenic ideas and exercises steadily healed the voice and the mature adult voice was in place by age 14.
Eileen - At age 64 Eileen completed a degree and also decided to attend to the voice. She could hold a tune but ran out of steam if that tune went ‘too high’ (ie anything above 3rd space C). Once again the callisthenics extended the range and she was able to lead the congregational hymns.
Kirsten - Came with an average soprano voice but anything above 5 th line F was unstable. The callisthenics safely extended the range to high D which meant that her high Bb was quite riveting. She was able to tackle very difficult works by Bach, Bononcini, Handel and Mozart.