Founded in 2003 by Low Keng Shin, the aim is for students to develop a vocal technique that is uniquely theirs, and thus to own their vocal technique. The general content includes alignment, breath management, phonation, registration, resonance and articulation.
VocalArt believes that everybody has a voice and that voice has a right to be heard.
VocalArt's mission is to help and guide the person find that voice and develop it to its fullest potential.
VocalArt's approach to teaching varies from student to student, and is based on careful consideration of many factors, including body type, gender, temperament, age, and even family background, etc. Generally, a more diagnostic approach is used to correct unhealthy voice habits in the initial stages. Once the main problems have been ironed out, vocal freedom and limitation will be explored.
VocalArt specializes in training the musical theater singer-actor. Musical theater students will work on the same foundational work as classical singers (head and chest voice) and later extend their work to contemporary vocal qualities such as mix, legit, belt, speech, falsetto, etc. Acting and movement fundamentals will be covered to encourage integration of singing and acting from the start.
He studied vocal technique, vocal pedagogy and the application of modern voice science to the art of singing and movement under renowned singing voice specialist, author and researcher Dr. Jean Callaghan (Sydney). In addition, he is heavily influenced by the approach to American musical-theater vocal technique as practiced by musical theater specialists Mary Saunders, Norman Spivey, Raymond Sage and Beverly Patton, “Bel Canto/Can Belto” of Pennsylvania State University, USA.
He is a trained actor, tenor and mime who performs professionally as well. Some of his previous productions include Red Hawk (directed by Kuo Pao Kun); Cats City; 100 Years in Waiting (Singapore Arts Festival); Animal Farm; Cinderella Dreams and self-created solo pieces Grapes of Laughs (Esplanade's Octoberfest); Zanni Commits Suicide; Radio's Revenge; First Impressions and The Gift.
Keng Shin has been teaching vocal technique full-time since 1996 and has taught vocalists with ages ranging from 9 to 72 years. His students include professional musical theater performers, stage actors, voice actors, voice teachers, choir conductors, music directors, church worship leaders, singers and motivated amateurs.
To realize VocalArt's mission to be a music school with a heart, and to contribute to the creation of a compassionate society, Keng Shin co-founded the voluntary music group VocalHeart in 2005. The group has since grown and now reaches out to both local and overseas missions.
Keng Shin produced and directed the musical A Word from Our Sponsor written by Alan Ackybourn (music by John Pattison), which was staged at the National Library’s Drama Centre Black Box and ran from the 9th to 12th of December 2010. His purpose of putting up the musical was to create a "safe" platform for both professional and non-professional performers to interact, explore, create, make mistakes and learn. Inspired by that experience, a few former cast members founded The Song and Dance Players in April 2011, a society dedicated to musical theater for non-professionals.
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“I first met Low Keng Shin in Adelaide (Australia) in 2003 where, for the Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing, I was working as master teacher giving private lessons, lectures, and masterclasses. Keng Shin was an intelligent, attentive participant in all sessions, often raising insightful questions. Since then he has come to Sydney each year for a period of intensive study, refreshing his knowledge of singing and teaching. I am impressed with how he keeps up with the most recent writings on voice and incorporates that knowledge into his teaching.
Keng Shin has experience in singing, mime, acting, and directing. His movement and acting teaching has long been based on the Lecoq approach, which encourages students to investigate ways of performance that work best for them individually. More recently he has been incorporating his training in Pilates into his work. His range of knowledge and skills means that Keng Shin is able to equip a wide range of students in a wide range of genres and styles to meet their performance goals, whether in acting, movement, rock singing, music theatre or opera performance.”
Dr Jean Callaghan, PhD, FTCL, LMusA
Former Head of Theatre Nepean (Acting) and Head of Postgraduate and Research Studies in Contemporary Arts, Western Sydney University
“I was once a dancer who believed singing was a born gift. Keng Shin has fathered my voice which many said was hopeless. Today, singing is part of my profession. I'm now a professional entertainer.”
“A true professional, Keng Shin used effective training methods that allowed me to gain confidence in my singing, which subsequently landed me roles such as The Cowardly Lion in the Asian premiere of The Wizard of Oz musical in Hong Kong. Thanks, Keng Shin.”
Film Director, Actor
Founder of Island Man Pictures (Singapore)
"Keng Shin, took the time to understand my vocal needs and he tailored the lessons to help me develop my voice in the way which I wanted. His expertise in diagnosing vocal problems and introducing relevant exercises to manage those problems enabled me to made improvements in my vocal range and tonal quality. The foundation which I have developed under his tutelage has given me confidence in my singing and, in turn, the ability to coach others."
"Low Keng Shin equipped me with the unique vocal technique and confidence to establish VocalHeart which leads fellow musicians in community outreach through music."
Student since 2000
"Keng Shin ... is more than a good teacher. He researches and understands the voice [to a degree that] I think few would have bothered. More than that, he is a teacher who knows his students. He is constantly able to challenge and push me forward. He is holistic; he doesn't just develop voices, he develops people."
"I've not only conquered my lifelong phobia of singing but also developed a newfound appreciation of what my voice is capable of. I leave each lesson, in better spirits, always. Quite simply put, Keng Shin is a gem of a teacher."
"Keng Shin's passion for teaching is evident in the meticulous care he takes to customize his exercises and techniques to the needs of each student. He is also uniquely gifted in his ability to make each session fun yet challenging - he will always know just the right amount to stretch your capability-wise."
President, The Song and Dance Players
"景新 (Keng Shin)对声乐教学的执着叫人尊敬。身为老师，他能因材施教。他呵护学生的嗓子有如呵护自己的嗓子，既温柔又体贴。更为重要的是，他跟学生亦师亦友。"
Veteran Stage Actress
"Keng Shin will help you find your voice. If you think you’ve already found your voice, or never lost it to begin with, prepare to be surprised; he will lead you to rediscover it, refine it and (who knows?) even remake it."
Student, Electrical Engineering and Recording Arts and Sciences (BEng),
National University of Singapore/Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music
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