Anita Marie Martin
Is a cross-genre singer, teacher, and elocution coach who specialises in caring for the extra-normal singers voice: those that use extreme extended vocal techniques (screaming, distortion, growling). Teaching the fundamentals of good singing, Anita can help you understand how to play your voice your way. By using a speech-based approach, Anita will show you how to get the most out of your unique instrument. No matter the genre: classical, pop, rock, R & B, music theatre, heavy metal, indie, country, grindcore, or spaghetti western, Anita will help you find the light hiding in the shadows.
Anita is a firm believer that if you can believe it, you can achieve it! Anyone with a healthy speaking voice can learn to sing if they are willing to give it a go. No matter if you are a beginner or seasoned pro, Anita will stand by your side as you face what is holding you back with your voice by showing you how to live in the present moment and using the asset of your emotions to improve your vocal performance rather than hinder it. How singers/screamers feel in body, mind and spirit is directly related to how their voice sounds. Anita takes seriously her role as your guide to discovering how to paint music with your emotions the way that you feel through Primal Sound.
Having come from a musical family, with both her paternal Aunts and Grandmother having been organ, piano, and theory teachers, Anita commenced singing lessons at the tender age of 3 with Mrs Isabell Larcombe. Adding piano, speech and drama, effective communications, ballet, tap and jazz, and creative visual and written arts later on in her childhood, Anita became a strong all rounder entertainer.
Anita performed locally in the Ipswich area in all manners of the creative performing arts as a soloist, in duo's, glee's and choirs throughout her youth participating in many Master Classes, gala performances, and stage productions. Conducting became a new found skill in her teens working with the Shayne McCormick Ballet Centre and commenced singing teaching there as a sessional singing teacher in 1994.
Although, very well classically trained from age 14 - 21 with Mrs Judith Krohn, Anita experienced the disappointment of not gaining a place in the Operatic school of her choice upon graduation from high school. Anita put her excellent communication skills, administration know how, and energy into the customer service workforce. For 7 years, Anita worked as an IT Professional in the early 2000's as an on-the-job trainer at WebCentral (Now Melbourne IT) in addition to her role as Technical Support Officer and Domain Name Administrator. With a calming and encouraging manner, Anita found she could put her fellow workmates at ease and make learning new tasks fun and upgrading old processes stress-free. This experience of helping her peers challenge the limits that they thought they had to live life by, planted the seed that has grown into Anita's love of professional teaching and life coaching.
Anita made the life changing decision to return to her passion of music in 2005 when, on the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb, she found herself singing the traditional, "Happy Birthday", followed by the jazz standard, "P.S. I Love You" for a fellow participant at the very top, overlooking the harbour. This serendipitous experience brought about the action of combining her capacity to engage others in learning with her life-long passion for music and the arts.
In 2006, Anita returned to territory Music studies and now holds numerous official qualifications. Since 2009 Anita has taught exclusively in Brisbane, and since 2012 Anita has come into her own as a researcher, lecturer, and mentor for those using the extra-normal voice (Also known as extreme extended vocal technique, or screaming). With the true heart of a teacher, Anita is honoured to continue to carry on her foremother's tradition of music teaching and grateful to be an eternal student of life, pedagogy and philosophy,