After seeing the above video, I had to interview Liz Campbell
Tell us about your unique vocals workshop?
Liz I’ve always known the benefits music has on people, because I experienced them myself, and I want to share those benefits, and my love for music, with as many people as possible. A big thing I find with a lot of people is that they have trouble performing or speaking in front of others. They might even have trouble in social situations. This workshop can help increase people’s comfort level in front of others, using music. It is beneficial for all people, all levels, and all ages, including singers/musicians, actors, public speakers, people who are interested in learning how to sing or improve their voice, teachers,etc. What makes this workshop unique is my combination of music and music therapy experience. I am using performing in front of others, and having a good time doing it, to help people gain self-confidence (and improve their singing ability at the same time.). This can also be beneficial for people who want to overcome their fear of performing. There are many more benefits of music, which I will not go into here. That is a whole other conversation.
How did you get the idea to do this type of workshop?
Liz: I have always been a singer and musician, who loves music, and I enjoy helping others in that way. What better workshop to attend than one that makes you feel better about your life (or yourself), while improving your existing skills or learning new ones, all while having fun. I want to spread my love for music to as many people as possible. Music is my greatest passion in life.
I love this idea, because it gives people a taste of several different kinds of music in a short period of time. Their appreciation for a variety of music will grow, as they learn and grow.
Helping people in this way also helps them in several other aspects of their lives, i.e. communication, self-confidence, self-expression, etc.
Is there any student that you can’t teach to sing?
Liz: Anyone can learn to sing, they just have to love music and be willing to work at it. We have to work hard to achieve our goals. When people enjoy what they’re doing, they are more successful at it.
Would people who are not interested in becoming a professional singer benefit from your workshop?
Liz: Yes, it is for people of all different levels of musicianship, ages, and interests. We all have to start somewhere. Enjoyment of music is what is most important. This workshop not only improves the voice, but also confidence level, among many other things. I provide the tools, the participants then use them as they wish. The more you use the tools, the more you will get out of the workshop. We have to work together.
Give some history of you as a professional singer.
Liz: I have many years of musical theater,cabaret, and choral experience. I was invited to audition for the LA Opera Chorus, and have sung with the Phoenix Bach Chorale. As far as demo work is concerned; I have done children’s music, and pop/rock music. I have been in several types of bands as lead singer, back-up singer, and keyboard player. I have been a vocal coach for several people, including Vanessa Hudgens. I have a good ear and I can sight read music. My most recent achievement was being on “Killer Karaoke,” hosted by Steve-O, my 15 minutes of fame. lol Oh, and I won my episode! If you watched the show, you would know that I definitely understand facing your fears! I stuck my head in a box with a skunk, among other things! Right now, I am a semi-finalist in a competition. If I win, I will be interviewed by Larry King. Please vote for me!! Voting ends April 19th. Go to www.ora.tv/pickmelarry
What is your training as a music therapist and psychologist?
Liz: I have a BA in Psychology from Syracuse University. My Music Therapy Certificate is from Arizona State University. I then went on to do an internship at Century City Psychiatric Hospital, where I worked with adults and geriatrics. I’ve also done music therapy with severely emotionally disturbed adolescents, developmentally disabled children and adolescents, adults with cerebral palsy, homeless toddlers, a drumming program with at-risk children and adolescents, and a girl with trichotillomania. I wouldn’t trade any of these experiences for the world, because I learned so much about so many populations and, more importantly, myself.
What advice would you give an emerging vocalist?
Liz: Not only is it about your talent, but it’s also about your love for singing, your comfort level in front of others, and your ability to engage your audience. They want to be a part of the story you are telling, too. That makes you a successful singer. Hard work and a love for music are a big part of it, also. 🙂
Having an Open House for the Vocal Workshop – email or call Liz at: email@example.com or 818-585-4353