Marnell Sample is a voice teacher who has been teaching for over 7 years and studying voice for almost 15 years. He has helped singers all over the world learn to develop a strong, controlled, chesty mix. He specializes in building one’s vocal technique from the ground up. 


The Difference Marnell Brings

Marnell is committed to your success as a singer! He is dedicated to helping you achieve your goals by utilizing all of his knowledge and expertise. Here are some of the ways which Marnell helps you to achieve your goals:

  • Unique, custom-tailored lessons

    Marnell believes that each person is a unique individual; thus, lessons must be personalized. Your lesson won’t look the same as the next person’s. It will be totally unique to your vocal problems and the way you learn best.

  • A discerning, detail-oriented ear 

    Marnell listens very carefully to what you are doing, and uses that information to accurately assess and diagnose your problems. He hears many subtle things that most other teachers miss. These subtleties are ironically what produce the biggest changes in the voice.

  • Patient communication

    Marnell takes as much time as necessary to make sure that you both are understanding each other completely and clearly. He ensures that you understand the concepts presented and the reasoning for each exercise before moving on to the next. If one explanation doesn’t work for you, then he will try another (and another) until you feel comfortable with what you are learning.

  • Experience in many vocal techniques

    Marnell has privately studied SLS (Speech Level Singing), classical, and musical theater techniques in addition to picking the brains of every teacher and singer he has come across in the past 15 years. To top that off, he has researched many, many books and programs on vocal technique including Brett Manning’s Singing Success, Cathrine Sadolin’s Complete Vocal Technique, Jaime Vendera’s Raise Your Voice, Manuel Garcia’s treatises, Edgar Herbert Caesari’s books, Richard Miller’s works, and much more, not to mention the vocal scientific literature. (Just email him if your specific technique is not listed here — he likely knows it.) Therefore, he can communicate with you using whichever “technical language” you feel most comfortable.

  • Familiarity with many contemporary styles of music 

    Having grown up singing R&B, Gospel, Pop, and Jazz, Marnell is most familiar with those styles. As the years have gone on, Marnell has branched out into Rock, Country, and even some Musical Theater. He understands the way the technique applies to each of those styles while still maintaining the integrity of each style.

  • Instruction based on first hand experience 

    Marnell only teaches things which he has personally experienced first hand and tested thoroughly. While second hand knowledge is useful for intellectual debates on voice and academic endeavors, there is no substitute for first hand knowledge. Vocal technique revolves around learning to identify and alter the physical sensations you feel in your body, and thus must be experienced to be understood fully. Just reading about it or listening to someone else’s description of how it works is not enough. You need to learn from someone who has intimately experienced these sensations first hand, and can guide you through what you are feeling every step of the way.

  • Application of biomechanics to vocal function 

    Marnell actively studies biomechanics and has been greatly influenced by the works of Stuart McGill, Gray Cook, Kelly Starrett, Eric Cressey, Ron Hruska, John Mew, and many others. Thus, he approaches the voice from a biomechanical perspective, looking at how your entire body influences your voice. Many of the exercises he utilizes (especially breathing exercises) are based off of biomechanical principles, not subjective imagery.

  • Over 400 hours of teaching observation under Badiene Magaziner

    Marnell has had more than 400 hours of direct lesson observations under his teacher, Badiene Magaziner. This allowed him to witness lots of different voice types and voice problems, in addition to strategies for dealing with each of them. He had the wonderful opportunity to observe singers ranging from 7 years old to 70 years old performing all types of music with varying degrees of technical ability. He was even able to see some cases of rehabilitating vocal damage. This experience has given Marnell a great wealth of practical knowledge to draw from and a unique perspective on solving voice problems.

  • Understanding of vocal damage

    Having been awarded a Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders (the field of speech pathology) from Penn State University, Marnell has extensively studied vocal anatomy and physiology, including how it relates to disordered voices. He can help you to correct structural and functional voice disorders such as nodules, polyps, and vocal fold bowing. (Email him if your specific problem is not listed here.)

Experience the difference for yourself!

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