Voice from the Inside Out: Great Technique that Really Works

Learn to sing with ease, joy, expression and mastery. Seven essential skills with exercises that really work!
4.7 (7 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a
course's star rating by considering a number of different factors
such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the
likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
44 students enrolled
Instructed by Cathleen Wilder Music / Vocal
Take This Course
  • Lectures 22
  • Length 1 hour
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
  • Includes Lifetime access
    30 day money back guarantee!
    Available on iOS and Android
    Certificate of Completion
Wishlisted Wishlist

How taking a course works


Find online courses made by experts from around the world.


Take your courses with you and learn anywhere, anytime.


Learn and practice real-world skills and achieve your goals.

About This Course

Published 6/2016 English

Course Description

ANYONE at any age can become a more masterful singer with the right information and mindful practice!

Voice From the Inside out can help you: extend your range and improve your projection, understand and develop breath support,sing with ease, joy and expression, and, most importantly, learn how good singing feels in your spirit, mind, body, and heart!

This course consists of seven lessons covering the One Big Key, Three Core Principals and Five Core Skills of vocal technique.

  • the three core principals of vocal technique, including the importance of musical and emotional intention (the yum yum exercise)
  • sensory awareness, listening to your body, posture and relaxation from the shoulders up (the "duh" exercise)
  • demystifying breath support (onions)
  • how to project with ease and where resonance comes from (zee slide and 2-4-6-2-6-4-2)
  • tips for high notes (zeeyamoo) and
  • how to negotiate register changes (chest voice to head voice and mixed voice).(zee-va) and finally
  • (bonus track) putting it all together- tips for applying all this to a popular folk song (The Water is Wide)

Each lesson comes with a vocal exercise that is tailored to help you experience first hand what each of these core skills feels like to do successfully. Students are encouraged to take as long as they need to master each skill. Voice from the Inside out is often taught as a one-day crash course, but one or two weeks per skill would still be considered rapid progress. Put together, the seven exercises make an excellent warm-up and exercise regimine.

What are the requirements?

  • No previous experience required, great for beginning and intermediate students of any age or style!
  • Recommended: a sense of humor
  • HIghly recommended: PATIENCE with yourself and the process. Time to "hasten slowly"
  • A room to sing in

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Sing with ease, joy and mastery, regardless of background or style of music
  • Sing "legato" (i.e., with good breath support)
  • Negotiate registers (chest voice to head voice) smoothly
  • Project and control dynamics
  • Expand your range, especially high notes
  • Understand the importance of musical and emotional intention in singing and vocal technique
  • Develop the sensory awareness necessary for good singing, especially how to relax from the shoulders up

Who is the target audience?

  • Perfect for beginning and intermediate OF ANY STYLE as well as advanced singers who want a unique, fun, holistic approach to their singing.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction
1: NIce to meet you! A little about me, you and what to expect in this course.
Section 2: The One Big Key and Three Core Principles
Lecture 2: The Three Core Principles
Lecture 3, Exercise 1: Learn and Practice Yum Yums
Section 3: Core Skill #1: Relaxation from the Shoulders Up (using sensory awareness)
Lecture 4: Relaxation from the Shoulders Up.
Lecture 5: The Why and How of the Duh Exercise
Lecture 6: The Duh Exercise doing it!
Section 4: Core Skill #2: Demystifying Breath Support
Lecture 7 Everything you need to know about breath support, part one
Lecture 8 Everything you need to know about breath support, part two
Lecuture 9: Long tones as a way to experience good breath support
Lecture 10: Learn and practice the "onion" exercise together
Section 5: Core Skill 3: Project with Ease: Where Resonance Comes From
Lecture 11: Where Projection and Volume Control Come From
Lecture 12: Learn and Practice the "zeeee" exercise
Lecture 13: Learn and Practice the "2-4-6-8-6-4-2" exercise
Section 6: Core Skill 4: Tips for High Notes
Lecture 14: What makes high notes special (and usually more difficult)
Lecture 15: What is vowel modification and how do I do it?
Lecture 16: The soft palate matters, where it is and how to sense it.
Lecture 17: Learn and practice the "zeeyamoo" exercise
Section 7: Core Skill 5: Managing Register Changes (chest voice and head voice)
Lecture 18: What the heck are registers? A demonstration of register changes.
Lecture 19: How registers work: Your jobs and your body's job!
Lecture 20: Learn and practice the "zee-va" exercise
Section 8: Putting it All Together: Tipsfor singing The Water is Wide
Lecture 21: Tips for learning The Water is Wide
Lecture 22: Learn and Practice The Water is Wide (medium key)

Students Who Viewed This Course Also Viewed

  • Loading
  • Loading
  • Loading

Instructor Biography

Cathleen Wilder, Fun, Holistic, Down to Earth Voice Teacher

"Knowledgeable, focused, open, supportive, present, charismatic: in short, a dynamite teacher...Bravo!" ~ Karen Levine, workshop participant

With over twenty five years' teaching experience, Cathleen Wilder is the founder of the Laughing Spirit Music Project and originator of the popular workshop, How to Sing in the Shower. Originally a folk singer/songwriter, she holds a Masters of Music in Voice Performance from the University of Oregon and has sung with the Oregon Bach Festival, the San Francisco Symphony, the Eugene Chamber Singers and the Eugene Opera as well as numerous folk venues.

A dynamic, fun and inspiring teacher, her uniquely effective style draws from a variety of disciplines (including, yoga, dance, world music, psychology and spirituality) as well as over twenty years of performance and teaching experience. Cathleen is known for her playful, holistic, non-judgemental teaching style as well as her laser-like ability to diagnose singers' specific needs and to provide tangible solutions that lead to immediate and lasting benefits.

Cathleen's work has been acclaimed by the Seattle Times, the Los Angeles Times and has received national attention on Weekend America.

Cathleen's teaching is valued by people from all walks of life, seasoned performers and closet singers alike. Her workshops and clinics have been enjoyed at Seattle Folklife, the Seattle World Rhythm Festival, Willamette Valley Folk Festival and by numerous community and church choirs, including: the Center for Spiritual Living's Choir of Light, the Sacred Fire Choir, Seattle Labor Chorus and the Phinney Ridge Neighborhood Community Chorus.

"Being in class with you has opened me up to an entirely new relationship with my voice...it was like taking the blinders off and seeing the world in stunning color!I just enjoy singing so much more now! Thank you, thank you, thank you!"

~ Sharon Lawrence, Workshop Participant

"Cathleen's diagnostic powers are amazing. She quickly and accurately identifies limiting factors and guides the singers' perceptions to the solutions."

~Val Rogers, Choral Director, Workshop Leader and former private student

"I feel blessed to have attended your workshop. Your supportive teaching style facilitates what some I'm sure would call miraculous results. You are a truly gifted teacher."

~ Anne Arquette, Workshop Participant

Ready to start learning?
Take This Course