I am a very non-traditional teacher, and consider myself to be more of a creative coach than a vocal teacher. I attract to my studio experienced instrumentalists, singers, and performers who want to prepare for an audition or sing at a wedding or just sing with more confidence and ease.
Adults who believe that they can’t sing a lick and want to disprove that theory seem to show up at my doorstep, as well as experienced performers, singers/instrumentalists who need help overcoming creative hurdles. I have also had the honor of helping public speakers express themselves with ease and authenticity.
I work with each student on vocal technique and develop understanding their individual instrument and learning/performing process. We also explore the voices of the inner world that help or hinder musical and performance goals.
Here is some feedback from students:
I had the opportunity to work with LaVon Hardison on a series of sessions dealing with my experience of a weakened voice (both literally and metaphorically). LaVon helped me learn how to change the location of the source of my voice in my body and psyche. The sessions were each pretty different and included some conversation, singing work, physicalization, concretization, posture and dramatic enactment. The work felt spiritually informed, warm, non-threatening, fun and very impactful. I learned that my difficulty had less to do with my vocal cords and more with my present stance in my personal and professional life. The gift was the surprising ease with which the ‘problem’ (as I had identified it) dissolved as I got closer to more truth about what I was holding in my body, mind and heart regarding what I need to say. I would (and have) absolutely recommend LaVon’s deep approach to personal coaching.
I had the pleasure of working with LaVon Hardison in the spring of 2012. She helped me prepare for a role in musical theater. I met with her once a week for 6 weeks. We kept self care as the foundation of our work while building structured exercises focused on vocal technique, stage presence, and character development. LaVon began each meeting with a series of probing questions that challenged me to think in a different way about performance and gain a more visceral understanding of my character. I learned to see the difference between explaining my character to someone, or speaking as that character. She encouraged me to think about the qualities I wanted to bring to the collaboration, both on and off stage. She helped me to see that the pre-performance practice begins now, with self care. LaVon also tailored weekly assignments to my specific needs as an artist. I felt seen, challenged and cared for. I am so grateful to have had access to LaVon’s wealth of experience, intuition, generosity and incredible talent. I would recommend her to anyone who is ready, willing, and able to work creatively.GPOlympia