Justin Gregory Lopez
Hamilton at the PUBLIC, Off-Broadway's Bare
"One of my favorite aspects of training at WVS is the 'learn to succeed through failure mentality' that Mr. Wickham establishes when you walk into the room. I think I remember seeing a sign that says [and I may be paraphrasing, but] for every good sound, you'll make 10,000 terrible ones... and that statement has always stuck with me. Learning to shed the inhibition, understanding that the studio is just a studio, and not worrying about singing a perfect note every single time has been invaluable. This mentality, coupled with Patrick's vast knowledge of vocal physiology helped to reinforce proper vocal technique through muscle memory. Each lesson is recorded, and after reviewing my lessons, I was able to spot the good sounds, remember the muscular positioning, and develop technique through repetition.
It sounds like a simple concept that anyone could do on their own, but I assure you, just learning how to sing is about 20% of the training. As I said before, Patrick Wickham's extensive understanding of the human voice and its physiology is a full course in its own, and should be an absolute requirement for anyone who wishes to have a lasting career in vocal performance. Making the sound and hitting the note is something anyone can learn without formal training, however, learning how to do it and be able to do it eight times a week is the real goal of this program..."