If you’ve spent countless hours bouncing around between various vocal coaches on Youtube but still aren’t making progress with your singing, you’re in the right spot.
I’m Robert Lunte, founder of The Vocalist Studio. And if you’re nodding your head a bit in agreement, I know the kind of frustration you’ve been dealing with.
Not only did I go through it myself, but I’ve heard about the same kinds of frustrations from thousands of singers all around the world…people just like you.
Singers who pour their heart into training and practicing, but just can’t seem to get to the level they need to be at.
Singers who know that being able to bridge smoothly through their vocal break and then sing strong, belting notes in their head voice are the keys to becoming the kind of singer that everyone wants to perform with…but they’re still straining and pushing to try and hit those high notes.
From an early age, when I was growing up in a small town in Idaho, I was captivated by a dream that you likely have too: I wanted to sing on stage in front of huge crowds.
I wanted to be able to take crowds on a journey with the music that was pouring out from the speakers, music that me and my band would flawlessly pump into the space.
Along the way to making that dream a reality, I faced the exact same challenges that you’re likely now facing.
My voice would crack when it shouldn’t.
I’d try to belt strong high notes that I’d heard my heroes sing, but all that would come out was soft and airy sounds.
I’d try to scream with some passionate grit to give a song some edge, and then I couldn’t talk for a week because I had injured my voice. Not a great thing to do when you’re trying to be the cool lead singer in a garage band.
Look, I get it. I’ve been through the same challenges you’re facing.
In Seattle, I was fortunate enough to study with some of the best vocal coaches in the business just as the grunge scene was exploding.
I studied with the late Maestro David Kyle, who trained Chris Cornell of Soundgarden, Geoff Tate of Queensrÿche, Layne Staley of Alice In Chains, and many others.
And the dream came true for me. I made it to the stage, singing in front of huge crowds, and it was everything I thought it would be…and more.
But I kept meeting other singers who were struggling to break into singing professionally, whether it was in a band, or in theater, or any kind of performance gig that would have them on stage singing for an audience.
And here’s the thing: I knew I could help them. And that’s exactly what I did.
I started teaching people to sing, passing on what I had learned from my mentors, while developing the methods further and further until I had my own unique teaching methodology that I didn’t see anyone else teaching anywhere.
That methodology is what The Vocalist Studio method is today, and is what my flagship online singing course, The 4 Pillars of Singing, takes hundreds of singers through every month.
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And now, the moment you’ve been waiting for: here’s a bit more about me from the perspective of me writing about myself in 3rd person:
Master Vocal Coach, Clinician, Author & Singer: Robert Lunte
Maestro Lunte has brought innovation to the craft and profession of vocal technique training and pedagogy methods.
Robert Lunte is the owner and founder of The Vocalist Studio (TVS). TVS is an Internationally recognized voice training school for singing vocal techniques, public speaking, teacher training, accent training and vocal related events. Robert is also the author and producer of the critically acclaimed vocal instruction training online course and book, “The Four Pillars of Singing”.
The TVS Method is practiced in 175 countries world-wide. Mr. Lunte’s book has sold over 10,000 copies, and the numerous online courses are widely recognized as the most comprehensive home study courses ever produced for singers, enjoyed by an estimated 100,000 students world-wide.
Vocal coaches and students who attend Robert’s trainings learn a proven methodology, which gives them the knowledge and skills to offer or sustain an effective and successful singing voice and training practice.
Robert Lunte and his sponsors have hosted over 65 vocal masterclasses in over 12 countries. Robert is a Master Trainer with FIRE-UP Training, a sales training company that teaches corporate sales teams and keynote speakers how to present more effectively and runs the FIRE-UP Training, accent coaching program that helps executives to speak better English.
Robert stays active as a vocalist as a session singer in the Seattle region, original projects and product demonstrations for sponsors and is an active member of The National Association of Teachers of Singing, The Grammy’s and The Voice Foundation.
National Association of Teachers of Singing
The Voice Foundation for Medicine, Science & Education
National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences.
Pan American Vocology Association
Robert Lunte's Vocal Teachers
Maestro David P. Kyle
Legendary Contemporary Voice Coach
Vocal teacher for rock, metal and jazz singers for over 50 years. The “Maestro” became a local Seattle icon and was considered by the industry to be one of the best vocal instructors for contemporary singers in the country. Unique to the “Maestro’s” approach was his method for expanding vocal range into multiple “registers”, while eliminating psychological barriers that hinder singers’ freedom of expression, by use of creative visualization techniques.
The use of amplification and embracing technology was also an important part of the “Kyle” experience. The TVS Method with is today presented in Robert Lunte’s “The Four Pillars of Singing” book and course, offers several concepts and vocalize from Maestro Kyle’s teachings, in addition to the original concepts developed by Lunte.
Today at The Vocalist Studio, vocalists continue to work with eleven essential Maestro Kyle workouts designed for bridging and head voice development, in addition to new vocalizes developed and researched by Robert Lunte to round out the repertoire of TVS vocalizes and techniques. The innovation of training with amplification continues has also been a cornerstone of TVS training, also inspired by the late Maestro Kyle. The TVS Method.
Professor Dr. David Alt
Dr. David Alt, Professor (Voice)Chair, Department of Vocal Performance, and Program Director for Musical Theatre
Received a D.M.A. degree from the University of Iowa and a Certificate from the Conservatoire de Musique, Geneva, Switzerland. Alt studied opera with Wesley Balk, Minnesota Opera Institute, and voice with the French baritone Gerard Souzay and soprano Maralin Niska. Nominated for the Carbonell Award for Best Actor for his work in Brecht on Brecht, Alt has been heard in reviews of the music of Bernstein, Coward, Gershwin, Berlin, Sondheim, and Weill.
He also has performed with the New World Symphony, the Deerfield Beach Symphony, the Miami Bach Society, the Chamber Singers of Iowa City Bach Festival, the St. Louis Municipal Opera, the Quad City (Illinois) Symphony, the Southeast Iowa Symphony, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, the Carmel (California) Bach Festival, and New Theatre in Coral Gables. Alt’s articles have appeared in journals of the Music Educator’s National Conference, American Choral Directors, and National Association of Teachers of Singing.
Robert Lunte studied classical technique with Dr. Alt from 1988-1992 at the University of Miami where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Voice and Music Industry/Business. As a result of Robert Lunte’s work with Dr. Alt, he was exposed to a large repertoire of classical aria and art songs for Baritone voice. Robert’s work with Dr. Alt helped develop classical theory and baritone formant, melodic analysis, music theory, articulation and text interpretation.
Renown Estillian & Voice Coach
Robert trained under the tutelage of Peter Egan, one of the world’s leading experts on Estill Voice training. The Estill Voice Model with compulsory figures for Voice is an approach to voice training and speech pathologists. Figures for voice control include mastering 13 structures along the vocal tract and laryngeal mechanism.
The Estill system focuses on the study of, and the ability to, produce six vocal qualities; speech, Sob, Falsetto, Twang, Opera, and Belt. Training with Estill focuses on both craft and artistry. Craft is learning how to control the various structural components of the voice. Artistry is the application of the craft to the art and this has become an important value that underlines the consciousness of each TVS vocal athlete. The TVS Method offers a set of 8 “Physical Modes” that are inspired by the EVTS “figures” or vocal modes. Robert Lunte has added two additional physical modes to the EVTS 6, quack and distortion modes. The TVS physical modes are; speech, sob, opera, falsetto, twang, belt, quack and distortion.
Phonetics and Vocal Formant Expert
Robert studies with Steven Fraser, noted expert on vowel modification, phonetics, and formants for singing. Mr. Fraser is a recognized expert in the analysis of spectrograph analysis of singing. Mr. Fraser has a Bachelor’s in Vocal Music Education from Millikin University and a Master’s in Choral Conducting from Washington University in St. Louis.
A spectrogram is a time-varying spectral representation (forming an image) that shows how the spectral density of a signal varies with time. In the field of Time-Frequency Signal Processing, it is one of the most popular quadratic Time-Frequency Distribution that represents a signal in a joint time-frequency domain and that has the property of being positive. Also known as spectral voiceprints or voicegrams, spectrograms are used to identify phonetic sounds, to analyze the harmonics and formants of singers to help a singer tune dominate harmonics to create the desired effect in singing. Spectrograms are useful in assisting in overcoming speech defects and in speech training for the portion of the population that is profoundly deaf.
With the help of Mr. Fraser’s instruction on the acoustics of singing, the TVS Method has been able to present a new way of associating visual colors with 10 fundamental singing vowels or formants. This innovation enables students and teachers to be able to “see” singing formants in the context of training, modification, and tuning of the formants. The end result is a much greater understanding and grasp of the abstract and complexity of singing acoustics.
Sources of Inspiration that Influenced TVS voice pedagogy
Dr. Sundberg, Dr. Scherer & Robert Lunte
Mary Klimeck (Estill) & Robert Lunte
Robert Lunte & Cathrine Sadolin (CVI)
Dr. Ingo Titze & Robert Lunte
Dr. Robert Sadoloff & Robert Lunte
Dr. Robert Edwin & Robert Lunte
The TVS Method is the fastest growing method of voice training in the world today. Credibility equals an endorsement by thousands of singers, voice coaches and pro audio sponsors around the world.