Vocalogy is the private studio of Grace Ng Ee Wern.
We are based in Singapore. We teach singing technique and consult on coaching song performance for an authentic, natural and effortless performance. Our singing technique fuses Jin Shin Jyutsu Physio-Philosophy ™ energy healing with Somatic Voicework ™ singing technique.
We advocate and maintain a whole-body approach to singing and sound making. Singing is not just teaching and understanding the tiny muscles of respiration, phonation and articulation. Functional singing is a product of a functional way of life.
We seek not so much to develop great performers per se but to develop performers who are self-assured in their creative expression and well-adjusted to take on life’s challenges, who become great performers in the process.
Towards a whole-body pedagogy
‘To dance,put your hand on your heart and listen to the sound of your soul.’– Eugene Luigi Faccuito
Movement is our primary teaching tool. Movement may be small and internal or it may come in the form of big, external gestures.
A body that moves is a body that is alive. A body that is alive expresses wellbeing mentally, emotionally and physically.
As we utilize Somatic Voicework ™ & Jin Shin Jyutsu Physio-Philosophy ™ in our teaching, we also include ideas and concepts taken from Laban Movement, Dalcroze Eurhythmics, Taichi, Bellydance, and functional fitness training.
Singing and Speech
Communication is the basis of all sound making. Subconscious resistance to communication shows up as physical resistance to sound making. Physical resistance to sound making hampers the production of functional sound.
Many emotional, mental and physical resistances stem from speech. What have we been told about our vocal expression that makes us swallow what we have to say? What have we been told about raising our voices in public that makes our body subconsciously suppress sound making?
We believe these body-mind resistances are activated by any similar expression- be they singing or speech.
Singing and Well-being
Singing and Well-being are connected by Breath. Deep breath is pivotal to both Singing and good health. We believe that awareness & harmonization of mental, emotional and physical states that hamper deep breathing may result in a continuous state of well-ness and alive-ness for authentic expression.
Towards a musical way of living
‘Every physical body is fashioned according to a celestial harmony. Disease is a musical disharmony. No matter how out of harmony one is, there is always a core tone and rhythm of universal harmony underneath.’- Philomena Dooley, Jin Shin Jyutsu Text 1 page 38 (‘Harmonizing Vertebrae for Organs’)
Life is music. Human beings, as a part of life are therefore also inherently musical. Jin Shin Jyutsu Physio-Philosophy ™ goes so far to suggest that a person’s emotional life is related to his/her Harmony. A person’s Mind is related to Melody. A person’s physical state affects his/her Rhythm.
The human body is the source of all artistic expression. Art is an externalisation of internal rhythm, melody and harmony. The human body in weight, space and time create and unite all forms of Art.
We thus do not believe in musical ‘talent’. We believe in creating safe, physical, emotional and psychological spaces for personal expression to grow and develop at its own time and pace.