Teaching TCM


TCM is a learner-centered approach

Many voice teachers use imagery and metaphors in order to convey technical or expressive instructions, yet in some cases these may be more confusing than helpful, or they may fail to match the singer’s own sensorial mapping of what is going on "inside". During a lesson or coaching session, TCM instructors will tailor the instructions to what the singer is most receptive to – visual imagery, aural or kinesthetic vocabulary – and they will ask feedback from the singer to make sure that both are on the same wavelength.

Ensuring the bases of healthy vocal production is of paramount importance to TCM vocal instructors and an assessment is made during the initial session. A few classes may be necessary to establish or reestablish healthy phonation.


Vocal health, vocal ease and vocal longevity demand that basic principles of healthy phonation be assimilated before advancing to extreme vocal work such as belting or distortion.