What’s new? Performance Coaching, that’s what!

Performance Coaching? Yep. Performance coaching helps musicians fine tune their on stage delivery. Great athletes have coaches to work on getting the best out of every competition, game, race, or basically, their performance. A Music Performance Coach does the same for musicians. I’m fast approaching my certification in Life Coaching with a specialization in Performance Coaching. Coaching works on the mindset you bring when getting your music out there in front of audiences be they real time or virtual. Sometimes it’s a matter of changing the inner messaging, sometimes it’s a matter of getting back in touch with your purpose and passion.

Have you ever found yourself on stage about to perform and the voice in your head is asking unhelpful questions like “What made you think this was a good idea?” or “Seriously, what’s my first note?”. Or worse, the voice that just rips your confidence to shreds with comments like “They’re going to hate this”, “You can’t do this” or “Just go home”. You can bet that those voices are not the ones that dominate successful musicians’ minds.

So how do you tame the inner critic/s? That’s where aspects of sports psychology and coaching can help. Coaches work on optimising the messaging and helping you to figure out the steps along the way to putting your mental game on the right path to your success.

But what about those times when you just don’t get the same satisfaction from performing that you once did? Well a coach can help you find ways to reconnect with where the excitement came from, how to get it back and where it will take you next. Music is a journey; emotional and mental and sometimes physical too. It’s not always what we expect and can throw us some surprises along the way. A coach can help get to the root of what’s happening for you and where you’d like to go next.

For more info, check out the Music Performance Coach page from the tab above and get in touch if you’d like a free discovery session to learn more.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Business just got bigger!

I’m expanding, that’s business wise!  Joining the studio on Monday nights is ex student and final year Voice student at Ottawa University – teacher Jessica Simpson.  If you’re interested in meeting Jessica for a taster lesson, get in touch (see the contact page) and we can see about scheduling a time.  All students will get a chance to perform at student concerts throughout the year while learning singing through music they love.  We hope to hear from you!

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Student Successes!

After a good deal of hard work on their part, I’m thrilled to report successful auditions for singers to: AIMS Opera Program in Austria; offers received from Ottawa, Carleton and Toronto University Voice programs; and a successful musical run of Edwin Drood in which three students were involved.

In September last year, two students received places on the voice programs at Canterbury and De La Salle High Schools.  There was also success in a Grade 4 RCM voice exam and received a well deserved First Class Honours.  Congratulations everyone!

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Kanata Singing Teacher and Singer

Hi, I’m Diana Sharp, a singing teacher and singer located in Kanata, Ontario. 

Welcome!  I love singing and working with singers.  My background is in studying bel canto technique and working as an opera singer in the UK, but in my search to discover all things voice related I’ve studied contemporary singing techniques and work with singers whose styles vary from opera to pop and a lot in between.  As a singer I have worked with some wonderful teachers, coaches and conductors over 20 years of performing opera, comedy and in orchestral concerts in a wide range of musical styles.  My students have ranged from amateurs to professionals with students performing in musical theatre, rock bands, choirs and opera as well as successfully auditioning for Oxford University Music, Ottawa U Music and Acadia U for Music Therapy.  I moved to Canada from the UK in 2013 where I was a member of the Association of Teachers of Singing (www.aotos.org.uk) and a regular conference attendee at the British Voice Association.  I have a Licentiate from the Trinity College London and a Diploma in Opera Performance and I’ve been teaching for 13 years both in schools and at my own private studio.  I’ve also worked with singers recovering from voice disorders and people preparing for public speaking.  Check out my facebook page: Diana Sharp Singing Teacher for videos and articles on singing.
Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment