Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and Choral Music Education from Univ of North Carolina at Greensboro
Candidate: Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Boston University
Senior Voice Instructor
Felicia François is a voice teacher and vocalist with a passion for transgender voice. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a Bachelor's in Vocal Performance and a Bachelor's in Choral Music Education. She is now pursuing a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Boston University and is completing her master's thesis on transgender voice. She enjoys singing genres ranging from Baroque choral music to Appalachian folk tunes and everything in between. Felicia believes every person should experience a safe place to grow and develop their true voice.
How do you describe your lessons?
I always make sure my lessons feel like a safe space where my students feel supported through the potentially vulnerable experience of training their voice. I like to have fun while also focusing on key concepts and techniques that my students can take with them right away!
What is your favorite teaching tool?
Lax Vox, aka Cup Bubbles. I love having students blow through a straw into a cup of water, because it not only helps take tension away from the vocal cords, but it provides visual and auditory feedback for all sorts of things like breath support and control.
Why do you enjoy teaching trans voice?
As a queer woman deeply involved in the trans community, it has always been clear to me that I wanted to help trans people. Now, as a voice teacher and soon-to-be SLP, I'm so happy to have found this way to combine that goal with my love of voice!
What do you do with a new student at their first lesson?
I love for my first lesson with a new student to be fun and enjoyable. I take lots of time to fully understand my students' background, experiences, and goals. Then, I try to introduce at least one thing that my student can begin to practice before our next lesson!
What would you tell someone who's thinking about taking lessons?
I would say, "Do it! Starting something new might seem scary - but investing in your voice can only lead to truly wonderful things."