Tom Burke is one of New York City’s top speech-language pathologists and singing teachers.
Tom Burke trains and offers voice rehabilitation to professional singers and actors in the film, TV, music and Broadway industries.
His work has been featured on MTV, The Oprah Winfrey Network and HBO. He has been a “story coach” for Google since 2007 – now he is our Vocal Coach in Residence for May!
Best advice someone ever gave you about performing:
“Just do you.”
Worst singing advice you’ve ever heard:
“You’re pushing.” That just makes you push harder.
Set a clear intention. Find one thing to make it different every time.
Vocalists who inspire:
Jessie J. I have huge talent crush.
What drains your batteries?
Gossip, drama and name-dropping.
What charges them?
Your biggest performance blunder:
Failing to listen to a cast mate who questioned a character choice. He was right.
Where most singers mess up with vocal health:
What’s different about a vocalist vocation today compared to 20 years ago?
Versatility is the name of the game.
Bad thing to say to a venue manager:
“Can I get a discount?”
Good thing to say to a venue manager:
“I love what you’ve done with the place.”
Your first music teacher & what you remember:
Miss Anne. Group piano class. Our keys lit up these big letters on a funky 70s game show-like board. It was awesome.
Elevators, garbage disposals and butcher knives. Hey, they’re called “irrational fears” for a reason, right?
Myself if I’m not careful.
Favorite quote about singing:
If I’m going to sing like someone else, then I don’t need to sing at all.
Your life philosophy in 10 words or less:
Create a safe space for people to be authentic.
The perfect day:
“Any day you get put two feet on the floor and get out of bed.” – My grandmother
If you’re signed up to VoiceCouncil’s Peer-Review, you’ll be receiving unique Insight from Tom Burke for the next 4 weeks. You can sign up now.
Tom Burke is a speech-pathologist and voice coach for Broadway, Film, TV and Google. He developed the world’s first online vocal conservatory, Broadway VoiceBox with members in over 19 countries and growing fast. Find out more about his work here: