We had the good fortune of connecting with Andrew Byrne and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Andrew, every day, we about how much execution matters, but we think ideas matter as well. How did you come up with the idea for your business?
My own journey with my style of brain-and-body-based voice training grew out of my history as an injured musician. I started my career in New York playing for in the orchestra for the Broadway production of Les Misérables. During the course of this job, I developped chronic pain in my elbow that I thought was going to end my music career. I realized that there was nothing else I wanted to do in life, so I became dedicated to fixing myself. I did so successfully, and I have played the piano without pain for twenty years now.

Along the way, I realized that the principles I had used to get myself out of pain could be applied to any population, including singers. And pain can take many forms; it isn’t just an aching elbow. The definition I use for pain is “Anything this is preventing you from doing the things you love.”

I describe my business as “the science of hope.” Hope without a foundation can feel false or even silly. But when your hope is grounded in demonstrable scientific principles, the brain can start to believe that it can fix itself, which is miraculous to behold.

The great thing about singing is that is a reflex. When you sing, your vocal cords open and close hundreds of times a second, at a tempo that you could never consciously control. If your singing voice improves after a physical or brain exercise, you know that the reflexive part of your brain responded favorably to what you just did. And this mysterious part of the brain controls the lion’s share of the totality of who you are.

The magic of the singing voice is why I wrote my book “The Singing Athlete: Brain-Based Training for Your Voice”. There is no better way to figure out what your brain thought of something than to assess your voice after a drill. The book has over 150 exercises that you can use to improve your singing by activating your brain.

Although I wrote the book for singers, someone recently wrote to me that they are using the exercises with their 16-year-old son who suffered brain damage after a car accident. The fact that the book has reached people outside the singing world means so very much to me.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I call my book and my courses “The Singing Athlete,” and this brand has succeeded because performers understand on a deep level that they are athletes. What singers do onstage is utterly amazing, and I remain in awe of the human body’s ability to produce a singing voice.

I call my training “The Singing Athlete” and not “The Byrne Method” or whatever, because the athlete is at the center of my model. When you are in lessons with me, your vocal improvement is my sole focus.

The thing that sets my business apart is its dual focus on the body and the brain. Since earning my degrees, I’ve invested an additional $100K in education with the best of the best in the worlds or physical training and neuroscience. I am always working on new certifications so that my information is as cutting-edge and comprehensive as it can be. I am driven by a desire to help 100% of the people who walk through my door, and I’ve developed a reputation as someone who can fix things that others can’t.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’ve studied with many amazing education companies, but my favorite is Z-Health. Dr. Eric Cobb is a visionary in the world of functional applied neuroscience. Z-Health looks at anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology through a brain-based lens, teaching you practical ways to assess and affect the nervous system for performance enhancement. You can learn about Z-Health at https://zhealtheducation.com

Website: thesingingathlete.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/singingathlete/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/andrewbyrnestudio

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQmj9A0sY_bA8YqqQKqUn2A

Other: Site for voice training: https://www.andrewbyrne.com

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